Tuesday, January 15, 2002

Obituary: Isabel W. Brinkman - Class of 1931

MADISON/ MILWAUKEE - Isabel W. Brinkman, age 88, died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, at St. Marys Care Center, Madison. Isabel was born on Sept. 7, 1913, to Henry and Delia Brinkman. Born and raised in Madison, Isabel graduated from Madison Central High School in 1931. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated in 1935 with a bachelor of science degree. Isabel taught home economics and typing during her teaching career. She taught at Patch Grove, Belleville, Oconomowoc and retired from her teaching career at Longfellow school in Wauwatosa in 1978. Isabel was a member of Woodman's Circle and the Madison chapter of Eastern Star. She was also a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Milwaukee. Isabel lived most of her adult life in Milwaukee. Isabel will always be loved and remembered for her generosity, caring ways, impeccable etiquette, and her love for children, the homemade sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, brownies, fudge and the mittens she knitted for so many people. Her family and friends will dearly miss her. She is survived by nieces, Ruth-Ann "Ruthie" (Dex) Hess of Madison, and Sandra L. Coleman, address unknown; and nephews, Ronald K. (Cindy) Coleman of Wyocena, and William W. (Loretta) Coleman of Mosinee. She is also survived by great-nieces, Catherine A. Hess, Madison, and Tracy L. Coleman of Madison; and great-nephews, Jonathan A. (Sherry) Hess of Madison, and Billy Joe (Tammi) Coleman of Hartford; a great-great-nephew, "Little One" Beau of Madison; and a special step-great-nephew, Jerry (Jennifer) Schulke and their daughter, Cera Ann, of El Paso, Texas. She is also survived by several cousins and other great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ruth M. Coleman; a great-nephew, Marvin A. Hess III; a great-nephew, Kenneth R. Coleman; and cousins, Harley Moore, Robert J. Moore and George Moore. Ruth-Ann would like to express special thanks to Aunt Isabel's loyal and good friends, especially Mary Winters, Joe Romas, Maxine Moore and Kathy Moore. Special thanks to St. Luke's Hospital, Milwaukee, and St. Marys Care Center, Madison. Funeral services will be on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at 11 a.m. at ROSELAWN MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY CHAPEL, 601 E. Broadway, Monona. The Rev. Krista Kiger will preside. Friends may greet the family on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison, and again on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the cemetery chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3302 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53216.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Jouranl on January 15, 2002; submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

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