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Ethel Edith Marie Zulke
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Ethel Edith Marie Zulke, 1917-2015 - photo by Contributed/Picha Funeral Home

Ethel Edith Marie Zulke, age 97 years, of Hillsboro, passed away with her daughter by her side on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Milestone Senior Living in Hillsboro, Wisconsin.

She was born on Dec. 11, 1917 to Frank and Ida (Kind) Kraut in Curtiss, Wisconsin.  Ethel graduated from Abbotsford High School, followed by Beauty School.  She worked at her sister’s salon in Dorchester for a few years until she later opened her own Beauty Shop in Madison, which she operated for several years.

Ethel later worked in housekeeping with Meriter Hospital in Madison until her retirement at the age of 82.  She has lived in Hillsboro for the past 13 years.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, was an avid bowler, and a big fan of Wisconsin sports teams: Packers, Brewers and Badgers.  In her earlier years she was a Brownie Troop Leader, Sunday School Teacher and an excellent seamstress.

Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl (Digger) Allikas of Hillsboro; son-in-law, Richard Bentley of Madison; five grandchildren, Todd (Patrice) Bentley of Brooklyn, WI, Tricia (John) Keach of Madison, Jason (Valerie) Bentley of Madison, Stephanie (Dan) Pasker of Mount Horeb and Jennifer (Dustin) Byl of Soldiers Grove and six great-grandchildren, Mason, Ava, Jordyn, Bentley, Dawson and Julian.

Ethel was preceded in death by her Parents; a daughter, Pamela Bentley; brothers, Franklin and Donald Kraut; sisters, Pearl Vorland and Marie Cattanach and former husband, Willard Zulke.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 12  noon at the Hillsboro Wesleyan Church, with Rev. Roger Miller officiating.  Burial will take place at the Pine Hill Cemetery at Curtiss, Wisconsin.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday for a time of visitation from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro assisted the family, for online information go to