Obit: Kadonsky, Elizabeth Eleanor (1925 - 2008)
Surnames: Kadonsky, Kalson, Raynovic, Crawford, Brecke
----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood Co., Wis.) Wednesday, 24 Dec. 2008
Kadonsky, Elizabeth Eleanor (20 Dec. 1925 - 22 Dec. 2008)
Abbotsford, Wis. -- Elizabeth "Betty" E. Kadonsky, 83, of Abbotsford passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at InnCare of Abbotsford, Wis.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 24, 2008, at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford, Wis.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home in Abbotsford on Wednesday. Burial services will be private with Betty's family at a later date.
Betty was born Elizabeth Eleanor Kalson on Dec. 20, 1925, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Steve and Agnes (Raynovic) Kalson. She attended school in West Allis, and later moved to Central Wisconsin with her parents. At age 18, Betty returned to Milwaukee to work and study voice at the Alhambra Theater. She later moved to Chicago, where she debuted at the DeYoung Theater in the opera "LaTraviata." While living in Chicago, Betty also worked as a practical pediatrics nurse in Chicago. Then in early 1949, she returned to central Wisconsin to sing on her own radio program on WIGM radio in Medford.
After her marriage to George Kadonsky in 1949, they lived on the Kadonsky family farm in the town of Holton, where they raised their five children. Betty was active in a variety of musical, church and community organizations. She served as the president of the Marathon County Homemakers Council and was the director of the Marathon County Homemakers Choir for 15 years. She also was a 4-H leader for more than 25 years. Betty composed music for the Wisconsin State Homemakers Creed and Homemakers Prayer and holds U.S. copyrights for both.
Betty received the Cherokee Center Homemaker of the Year award in 1988. She was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Abbotsford, a member of the Holton Homemakers Club and a member of the National Catholic Society of Foresters.
Betty is lovingly survived by her five children, Patti (Jerry) Brecke of Dorchester, George Kadonsky Jr. of Altoona, Bill Kadonsky of Colleyville, Texas, Steve Kadonsky of New Jersey, and Angela Crawford of California. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, two sisters and four brothers.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband, George, who passed away in 2006. If desired, the family requests that memorials be donated to the American Heart Association in Betty's name.
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