Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ethel Mae Greene

Ethel Mae Greene, age 88, passed away on December 12, 2012, at her residence. A lifelong Racine resident, she was born October 17, 1924, daughter of the late George H. and Bertha M. (Nee: Gerlat) Greene.

Ethel began working at Western Printing (later to become Western Publishing) in 1943. As a telephone operator and receptionist, her warm greetings welcomed customers and visitors to the company for forty-four years until her retirement in 1990. She knew most employees and many of the customers by voice. When Ethel retired from Western, her party brought a huge gathering of friends, eager to share their memories with her. It was decided then that there should be an annual celebration to bring Westerners together. Ethel served on the committee, to make it happen, and the Western luncheon/dinner has become a June tradition.

She was a longtime dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was the organist for many years. She was also a life member of the Eastern Star, member of Friends of Seniors and Elbow Bender Club. Ethel was a talented pianist and organist. When Western organized a men’s chorus, she was asked to be their accompanist. They sang for many local events, including a special performance at the Milwaukee County Stadium. It was the only time, Ethel recalled, that she played the piano in the middle of a grassy field!

In addition to her choral work, she accompanied many soloists, played for hundreds of weddings and memorial services. She enjoyed traveling with her sister and many friends. Ethel will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her cousin, Elizabeth Gerlat of California; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mildred Greene; cousins, Ellen Mae Iverson and David Gerlat.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 745 Main St., with Rev. Brad Van Fossen officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Memorials to the First United Methodist Church have been suggested.

A very special thank you to the staff at the Elizabeth Residence for their loving and compassionate care.

803 Main St., Racine     (262) 634-7888

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

She was also a regular customer at roosters family resturant and we all loved her dearly