FORT ATKINSON -- Naomi Dorothy Elizabeth Athas (Trachte), a longtime resident of Fort Atkinson, left her earthly home at 301 on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Naomi was 88 years young.
Naomi was born in Watertown on Aug. 11, 1929. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1947 and subsequently attended Dodge County Normal School, Mayville, where she studied elementary education.
Maple Street School in Ixonia was where Naomi began her teaching career, instructing students grades K-8 in a one-room school house. She loved her students and always had fond memories of those early days. Eventually, Naomi completed her four-year degree in 1972 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Shortly after her teaching career began, Naomi married the love of her life, Paul Athas, on Jan. 1, 1951.
Naomi had many interests beyond teaching. She was a member of the Fort Atkinson Jaycettes early in her move to Fort Atkinson. She was an avid quilter and supplied her family with beautiful pieces throughout her life. Being a member of the Fort Atkinson Piece Makers Quilt Guild for many years, Naomi enjoyed the fellowship and encouragement of this group. Naomi was an active member of Ebenezer Moravian Church of Watertown. All her life, Naomi taught Sunday school, vacation Bible school and served with several committees over the years.
Naomi loved her family and raised her children to love music and education, for which they are grateful. She quilted for others, including the local hospital by making baby quilts, well into her senior years.
Naomi was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Athas, and a wonderful grandson, Steven Athas.
She will be sweetly remembered by her five children, David (Ann) Athas, James (Barb) Athas, Ellen (Brad) Didion, Mark (Vickie) Athas and her main caregiver who carried her to the end, Karen (Roland) Lee; her 15 loving grandchildren, Julie Athas, Laura Athas, Aaron Athas, Katherine (Nathan) Fortney, Joseph Athas, Ana Athas, Brady (Callie) Didion, Kelsey Didion, Micah Didion, Elisabeth Athas, Alex Lee, Chloe (Ben Schmitt) Lee, Caleb Lee and Christian Lee; and her four super loving great-grandchildren, Henry Didion, Samuel Didion, Charlie Fortney and Max Fortney.
Services for Naomi will be held on Saturday at Ebenezer Moravian Church, N8071 High Road, Watertown. A visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Ebenezer Moravian Cemetery. Please join us for a fellowship meal following the interment.
Any donations can be made out to the Piece Makers Quilt Guild, N1541 Knaack Court, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. Naomi really loved this group and the blessings they showered on others.
Dunlap Memorial Home in Fort Atkinson is assisting the family.
Dunlap Memorial Home
604 S. Main St. Fort Atkinson