Laurel M. Monroe 1926-2021
(nee Sprecher), passed away peacefully on Monday, 1 February after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s just shy of her 95th birthday. She remained cheerful and kindhearted and appreciated the support, comfort and love from family, and the hospice and Alexian angels. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, John “Jack” and her parents Lawrence and Ella Sprecher (nee Rieser) and many dear friends. Laurel is survived by her brother Dr. James Sprecher (Betty). She was a loving mother to Brian (Nancy Neumann), Beth Bartkowiak (Dave), a loving grandmother to Leah Neumann, Dr. Eric Monroe (Lauren), Dana Monroe, and great grandmother to Elly, Micah and John “Jack”. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Laurel was born in Sauk City, WI and was Valedictorian of her high school class. She attended nursing school in Madison, WI and then moved to Milwaukee to work at the VA. She truly loved nursing and retired from the VA after 48 years. Laurel enjoyed traveling with family and friends and was famous for her cooking and candies. Laurel and Jack were longtime members of St. Sebastian’s Church. In retirement Laurel continued helping family and others. She volunteered as an usher and worked with St Vincent de Paul.
Her virtual memorial service will be on Zoom on Sunday 14 February at 11:30am following Unitarian Church North’s regular service. Please visit https://ucnorth.org and click on “Join an Online Service” to enjoy the celebration of Laurel’s amazing life. The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.
"The beauty of her soul is constant, continuous and endless."
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