Monday, September 24, 2007

Obituary: Marion B. (Wildeman) Bryant - Class of 1929

MCFARLAND - Marion B. Bryant, age 97, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, at the Harmony of McFarland. Marion was born on April 16, 1910. in Milwaukee. She was the daughter of the late Jacob and Catherine (Zirkel) Wildeman. Marion attended Madison Central High School and the University of WI. She married Norwood T. Bryant on June 3, 1935 in Madison. He preceded her in death on January 9, 1969. They moved to Wild Rose, in 1935, then to McFarland in 1937, where Marion and Norrie raised their family in the Town of Dunn on the Yahara River, and where Marion lived for 66 years. She was a loving mother who cared immensely for her family. Her great joy in life was her two daughters, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed being with her many friends. Marion helped start the neighborhood birthday luncheon group, which is still going strong after 50 plus years. She was also a charter member of the McFarland Lioness. Marion is survived by her two daughters, Kay (Eric) Lysne of Stoughton and Betty (Gene) Henry of McFarland; four grandchildren, Scott Lysne of Waunakee, Heidi (Jeff) Bakken of Bloomington, Ill., Brent (Lara) Henry of Rogers, Ark., and Tori (Mark) Johnson of Rogers, Ark.; seven great-grandchildren, Devin and Coleman Lysne, Jared and Emma Bakken, Drake and Payne Henry and Gage Johnson; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Walter Wildeman. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 am on Wednesday, Sept.26, 2007, at CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5306 Main St., McFarland. Father D. Stephen Smith will officiate. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday at church. Burial will be immediately after the service at Roselawn Memorial Park in Monona. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all the wonderful and caring staff at the Harmony of McFarland, and a special thanks to HospiceCare. The family suggests that memorials be made to HospiceCare Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711, or to the McFarland Lioness. Olson-Holzhuter-Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 5801 Highway 51 McFarland (608) 838-0655 Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 24, 2007. Marion B. (Wildeman) Bryant's class year is based on information in the 1929 Tychoberahn, where a photograph of her is amongst those of the graduating seniors. Thanks to Michael Vahldiek (Class of 1968) for researching her class year information.

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