Mae Louise (Hickenbotham) Horneck, 88, of Sheboygan passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, surrounded by her family at Sunny Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mae was born May 6, 1925, at the family home in the town of Lyndon, Wis., as the second daughter to Clarence and Esther (Witzel) Hickenbotham.

She graduated from Plymouth High School in 1944. After graduation, Mae worked for Lakeshire Marty Co. in Plymouth.

On Oct. 2, 1946, Mae and Elton G. Horneck were united in marriage at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Plymouth. The couple settled in the town of Sheboygan and raised their family. Elton preceded her in death Nov. 16, 2001.

She was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer.

Mae was employed by Thimmigs Restaurant for a short time. Then she started as a dietary aide at Sunny Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center and worked her way up to head cook, retiring in 1986.

Mae and Elton celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1996.

Together with Elton, Mae spent many years four-wheeling, fishing, hunting and relaxing at their cabin in Forrest County. It was there that they hosted an annual Deer-Camp, where Mae enjoyed keeping the men well fed. She was proud of personally finding her own bait to catch story-worthy fish, especially a 38- inch Northern Pike. Mae had her own vegetable gardens and flower beds. She filled her fruit cellar with her bounty and was famous for her homemade pickles, jams and jellies. She was an excellent cook and her soups, homemade bread, zucchini cake, “snails,” peanut squares and deviled eggs were family favorites.

Mae is survived by her children, daughter Diane (Jerry) Baumann of Centerville, their children Darcie (fiancé, Chas Dodge) Baumann, Tamara (fiancé, Jesse Scheuren) Baumann and Amelia (Erick) Heling; son Dennis (Rosemary) Horneck of Plymouth, their children Craig Horneck, Pam (John) Kuka, Jessica (Jonathan) Clune, Denise (David) Kelling and Thomas Horneck; and son James (Barbara) Horneck of Sheboygan, their children Daniel (Duste) Horneck and Stacy Horneck; great-grandchildren, Landon, Calli, Chase, Jacob, Hannah, Emily, Matt, Alex, Dylan, Isaac, Zachary, Hailey, Sawyer and Harlow; sisters, Isabelle (John) DeZwarte of Sheboygan Falls and Doris Dassow of Plymouth; sisters-in-law, Jean (Robert) Schiellack of Sussex and LouEva Schmahl of Elkhart Lake; brother-in-law, Carl (Mabel) Horneck of Sheboygan; and other family and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband Elton, she was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Bernice Horneck; brothers in-law, Helmuth Dassow and Allen Horneck; Lloyd Schmahl; parents-inlaw, Raymond (Ella Schneider) Horneck; and great-grandchild, Chase Horneck.

A memorial fund has been established in Mae’s name.

A time of visitation and support will be held Monday, Feb. 3, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 6706 Superior Ave., Kohler, WI 53044. In accordance with Mae’s wishes, a private family service will be held.

Ballhorn Funeral Chapels, Sheboygan, is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to

God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be
so he put his arms around you
and whispered, “Come to Me.”
With tearful eyes we watched you
and saw you pass away
and although we love you dearly,
we could not make you stay.
A Golden heart stopped beating
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.

The family of Mae would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to: the staff at Coulis Cardiology, Dr. David Haller and his staff, Dr. James Pawlak and the staff of Columbia St. Mary’s - Marsho Family Medical Group, the staff of floors two and five at St. Nicholas Hospital, Shopko Pharmacy, and her wonderful friends and staff at Sunny Ridge Health and Rehabilitation.

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