Lillian L. Kading, 92, of Elkhart Lake, formerly of Beaver Dam, passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, July 5, 2013, in her apartment home at Cedar Bay Assisted Living in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Funeral services for Lillian Kading will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Immanuel United Church of Christ, W3694 County FF, rural Plymouth, Wis., with the Rev. Frederick Trost officiating.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 10, at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. A reception and light lunch will be held at the Cedar Bay Clubhouse, 101 Cedar Lane, Elkhart Lake, from noon-2 p.m. July 10.

Burial will be Thursday, July 11, at the Lowell Cemetery in Lowell, Wis.

Lillian Lorraine Lucille Bramer was born Aug. 9, 1920, the daughter of Melvin and Ellen

(Bohnert) Bramer in Dodge County. She was the 1938 salutatorian of Juneau High School, and worked as a stenographer for the Clifford Law Office in Juneau.

On Sept. 24, 1939, she was married to Milton J. Kading in Juneau. They farmed the Kading farm outside Lowell in Dodge County for 15 years. Lillian fulfilled her dream of marrying a minister when they left the farm and moved to Sheboygan County where Milton attended Lakeland College and Mission House Seminary. She worked by her husband’s side serving parishes, first the Russell and Rhine churches in rural Elkhart Lake, and subsequently at UCC churches in Savanna and Lena, Ill., and New Albin, Iowa. In 1987 Lillian and Milton retired and moved back to Beaver Dam.

Lillian was a faithful member of the First United Church of Christ of Lowell.

Lillian enjoyed flower gardening, houseplants, knitting and crocheting, cooking and baking, music, baseball, card playing, walking and reading. After retirement, she and her husband revived their love of square dancing, and always had a beloved house cat.

In 2008, as her eyesight left her, Lillian moved to Elkhart Lake where she stayed active walking, enjoying card games and talking books on tape, and put in many hours on the telephone keeping in touch with her many, many friends. As one of the first residents of Cedar Bay Assisted Living, she was affectionately known as the “camp counselor,” always having a kind word and helping to acclimate and assist her neighbors there.

Lillian is survived by her daughters: Virginia (Robert) Koepsel of Chippewa Falls, Marjean (Charles) Pountain of Elkhart Lake and Tina (David) Fritsch of Dayton; eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Milton, in 2006; her son, John; one granddaughter and two sisters.

Memorial donations may be made to the United Church of Christ of Lowell or to the Dodge County Humane Society.

Koepsell Funeral and Cremation Services of Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Cedar Bay Assisted Living for their wonderful and loving care of Lillian. She was so happy living there.

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