Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Obituary: Lela "Lee" (Ackley) Poster - Class of 1947

MADISON - Lela "Lee" (Ackley) Poster, age 74, of Madison, died on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, at home. She was born on Jan. 22, 1929, at St. Marys Hospital to Lyle and Ida Ackley. She graduated from Central High School in 1947, where her main interest was music, playing clarinet in the school band for six years. Lela married Melvin A. Poster in 1950. She was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and sang in the choir for 25 years. She worked out of her house as a seamstress, and made and sold many clothes for Barbie and Ken dolls in the 1960s, which she won many awards for. She babysat for most of her grandchildren and some of her children's friends' children, including Sara, Corey, Julian and Zuri, who all called her grandma. She is survived by her seven children,, Skip (Nance) Poster of Portage, Kitty (Tony) Mazzara of Madison, Susan (Chuck) Clover of Waupun, Terry (Sue) Poster of Sturgeon Bay, Mary Kaye Poster of Portage, John Poster of Madison, and Jayme (Dana) Poster of Madison; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; her parents;, and granddaughter, Melody. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, 2003, at ST. BERNARD'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2450 Atwood Ave., with Monsignor Michael Hippee and Father Jay Poster officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Friday. The family would like to extend a special thanks to her son-in-law, Tony Mazzara, for holding her hand many nights throughout her last days; to Peggy Weber for all of her support; to the wonderful staff at HospiceCare and to Father Jay Poster for giving Lela her last rights. Ryan Funeral Home 2418 N. Sherman Ave. (608) 249-8257

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 27, 2003

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