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Harriet Emery, 94, Baraboo

February 26, 2019 GMT

Harriet Emery, 94, of Baraboo, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at St. Clare Hospital, with her daughters and granddaughter by her side.

Harriet was born Oct. 21, 1924, in Reedsburg, the daughter of Rolland and June (Butterfield) Cushman. Harriet graduated from Sauk County Normal School of Teaching where she received her teaching certificate. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Sauk County prior to her marriage. On Nov. 27, 1946, she married David Emery. He preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 1966.

Harriet was a mother and homemaker for many years. She also provided child care and housekeeping services for several prominent families. She considered all of them as extended family. Later in life, Harriet enjoyed many volunteering opportunities. She retired from some of them at age 80 to spend time with her great-grandchildren. Her passion, however, was Circus World where she volunteered for 30 years retiring after the 2017 season.


Survivors include her daughters, Nancy (Ed) Barczak of Appleton, Lorraine (Kurt) Casson of Baraboo; grandchildren, Heather (Jeff) Wedekind of Wisconsin Dells, and Christopher (Holly) Casson of Sun Prairie; great-grandchildren, Andy and Sarah Wedekind, Adalyn and Oliver Casson; two very special nieces, Janet Cushman and Laurie Miller; sister-in-law, Selma Ruda.

In addition to her parents and husband, Harriet was preceded in death by her grandson, John Barczak; and a brother, Neal (Arlene) Cushman.

A celebration of her life will take place at a later date. Memorials may be given to Circus World or the American Cancer Society in her memory.

The family would like to give special thanks to St. Clare Meadows and St. Clare Hospital for the care given to Harriet. Baldwin Funeral Services is assisting the family.