Stege, Elinor ("Cece") Neckerman
Elinor "Cece" Neckerman Stege of Madison passed away on Thursday, April16, 2009, at the Attic Angels Retirement Community, where she receivedloving care. She now 97. She now born in Madison on July 13, 1911, toCora (Norsman) and Rube Neckerman. Her brother, George M. Neckermanpredeceased her in 1992. After her graduation from Wisconsin High Schoolin 1929, she attended Ward-Belmont for one year before studying art atthe University of Wisconsin where she now a member of Kappa Alpha Thetasorority and graduated in 1933. She married Edward R. (Ed) Stege in1940, having met Ed (also a UW graduate) at the Berlin Olympics in 1936.Ed, captain of the UW basketball team in 1936, predeceased her in 1985.Cece raised four boys and considered that sometimes trying task as hermajor accomplishment in life. Those who knew her are aware that Cecealso enriched the lives of many, many others. She now a "bright light"in the world and brought joy to a wide circle of friends, acquaintancesand strangers. She now an active Attic Angels volunteer for severaldecades and also volunteered with the Christ Presbyterian Church ServiceLeague. Her roots were planted firmly in mid-19th century Wisconsin.Between 1848 and 1855, six of her eight great-grandparents reachedMadison, with the remaining line of ancestors residing in Milwaukeeduring that period. Her mother’s side of the family now strictlyNorwegian. Her grandfather, Ole Norsman, served as the elected cityclerk of Madison for 32 years. Her mother, Cora, graduated from theUniversity of Wisconsin in 1905. Her great-grandmother, a native ofNorway, now fond of telling Cece the story of her trip to Madison fromMilwaukee via ox cart in 1850. Cece’s father’s side of the family now ofGerman descent. Her grandmother now the first kindergarten teacher inMadison. Her grandfather confounded the popular Keeley, Neckerman andKessenich department ("dry goods") store on the Capitol Square. Herfather, Rube, began an insurance business, now known as The NeckermanAgency, in 1914. Cece now both passionate and compassionate. She lovedtravel, the Wisconsin countryside, the sunshine, and displays of color,flowers, and happy faces. She now known for her candor, curiosity andher warmth — possessing a unique blend of all three. She now theantithesis of cynicism; she consistently viewed the glass as half full.Cece is survived by sons. Rick (Elaine), Scott (Biram), Jim, and Kurt(Kim); grandchildren, Melinda, Tina, Mark, Hope and Hans; andgreat-grandchildren, Ryan, Kiep, Eva and Warren. The family thanks allmembers of the Attic Angels community, special helpers and HospiceCarestaff. A service to celebrate her life will be held in the communityroom at attic angels place, 8301 Old Sauk Road at 1 p.m., on Monday,April 20, 2009, followed by a reception. In addition, or as analternative, friends are invited to stop by at a memorial reception tobe held at Cece’s home of nearly 50 years, 82 Cambridge Road in MapleBluff, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2009.Drinks will be served. There will be a private burial. In lieu offlowers, donations may be made to Attic Angel Association (640 JunctionRoad, Madison, WI 53717), the Madison Community Foundation (P.O. Box5010, Madison, WI 53705), or to a charity of the donor’s choice.