Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service: Obituaries

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Emily Burwitz Emily Burwitz
(May 20, 1923 - April 20, 2011)

Emily Burwitz, age 87, of Stoughton, formerly of Richland Center, died on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Emily was born May 20, 1923 in Hillsboro. She was the daughter of Macy and Mable (Hubbard) Caucutt and married Quentin Burwitz on March 11, 1948. After graduating from LaFarge High School, Emily worked as a switchboard operator for the Navy Department in Washington DC, later moving to Chicago where she worked for the Western Electric Company. She returned to Wisconsin and settled in Richland Center, working at the Gambles and Coast to Coast stores. It was here that she met and married Quentin Burwitz, sharing 56 years together until Quentin's death in 2004. After retirement, Emily and Quentin moved to Stoughton to be closer to family.

Quentin and Emily owned the Newstand in Richland Center from 1949 to 1976. Over the years, hundreds of boys had their first jobs delivering newspapers for them. They popped fresh popcorn every Friday night and sold many ten cent bags to customers who were strolling and shopping in the downtown stores on Court Street.

Emily deeply loved the Lord and enjoyed singing in the choir at the EUB church and later sharing her faith with many friends at the Park Street Christian Church. Spending time with family was her favorite thing to do and she deeply loved and cared about her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Some of her favorite memories were trips she took with her family to places throughout the United States.

Emily is survived by her sister, Lucia Knutson, of Verona, three children, Bill (Rachel) Burwitz of Browntown, WI, Jim (Janet) Burwitz of Appleton, and Betty Gall (Tom) of Madison; six grandchildren, Kalyn (Jeremy) Timmons , Kara (Shane) Schulte, Ben (fiance Jackie), Kate and Andy Burwitz, and Tara Hodgson; four great-grandchildren, Christian, Nathaniel, Chase and Devan. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, 3 siblings, Beth Moore, Joyce Riddle, and Arwin Caucutt, and a grandson, Joshua Burwitz.

A graveside service at the Richland Center Cemetery was held for family and friends on Saturday, April 23rd with Pastor Craig Peach officiating. Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service assisted the family. A memorial service to celebrate her life is being planned for a later date.

A special thank you to the Nazareth House in Stoughton for their loving care during Mom's illness. We recognize the genuine care and love provided by many staff members and deeply appreciate the time and attention she was given. Mom chose to be an organ donor to further Alzheimer's research, hoping that her gift in some small way would help wipe the disease out for future generations. The family requests that memorials be made to the WI Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, UW Foundation, US Bank Lockbox, Box 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807.