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  • Graveside:  11:00 a.m.  Friday at Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville

Mrs. Marie Teresa Hern, age 80, formerly of Whitefish Bay, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, passed away early Tuesday morning, April 29, 2008 under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Michigan at her daughter’s home in Greenville.

The daughter of Michael & Jean (Bonnar) Featherstone, she was born on May 29, 1927 at Newcastle upon Tyne in England. After surviving the Nazi blitz of England during World War II, she immigrated to the United States where she met William Walter Hern, Jr., who had just returned from Europe after serving in the U.S. Army.

On Dec. 28, 1946, they were married in Indiana, and then made their home in Chicago while Bill attended NorthWestern University and the Chicago Art Institute. They then settled in Milwaukee, where they raised three children and Marie was active in many social causes.

In 1971 she founded the Milwaukee Birthright, a non-profit, non-sectarian organization offering assistance to any woman in distress due to an unplanned pregnancy, believing that, If you help the woman, you save the baby. For the next 25 years she served as Birthrights treasurer, secretary, and finally executive director, retiring in 1996.

She also was active in her church, Our Lady of Good Hope, serving for 17 years as Youth Minister, and was the first woman allowed to speak from the pulpit in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Her continual support of women in crisis and the unborn was recognized by St. Marys Hospital in Milwaukee when they named the entire sixth floor Hern Hall in her honor.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Hern, Jr. on Dec. 28, 1979; a brother, Michael; and a sister, Anne. Surviving are her children, Timothy Michael Hern & Linda of San Francisco, California, Lynn Marie Hern of Dade City, Florida, and Elizabeth Hern & Bob Johnson of Greenville; a sister, Joan Whitefield of Sarasota, Florida; ten grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; one great-great granddaugter; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside committal services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 2, 2008 at Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville, with the Rev. Jerry Jones, pastor of the First Congregational Church, officiating.

Memorial services are also being planned in Milwaukee for a later date. Instead of flowers, Marie would have appreciated contributions to Milwaukee Birthright, 2025 West Oklahoma Ave., Suite 125, Milwaukee, WI 53215. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Maries online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on April 29, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Guestbook

    05/10/2008 –

    David Zitlow

    I remember Marie so well as teacher at Whitefish Bay High School who frequently spoke to my classes about Birthright. She was a caring, loving, and devoted Mother as well as champion for the unborn and expectant mothers. Marie was a model of Christian love, compassion, and forgiveness. I am sure God has a special place in Heaven for all the good she did for others on earth.


    05/04/2008 –

    Jennifer Kemeny and family

    My heart goes out to all of you. Granma Joan, your thoughts are with me. May she find her place in the heavens.


    05/03/2008 –

    Michael Tucker

    I was very saddened by the news of Auntie Marie’s passing. We all know that she is in a better place but she will be missed dearly by all those that knew and loved her. God bless. Love, Michael


    05/03/2008 –

    Marie Weber

    Beth, Lynn, and Tim, I am so sorry for your loss. A mother is precious, and Auntie Marie was especially so. I am honored to have been named after such a remarkable woman. I am also sorry for my mother’s loss of her big sister. I am so proud of you, Beth, for the wonderful, loving care that you gave your mother. Love, Marie


    05/02/2008 –

    Sheila Featherstone

    It is a sad time for all. The memories will be alive in our hearts. Dad always said if you stop up to see marie, make sure you make her a grilled chesse sandwich. She will be missed dearly. That is one thing that dad loved so much, talking with his three sister’s!!! It was so nice that Beth was there by her side, the time spent is so precious!! My love and sympathy goes out to the family. Love Sheila


    05/02/2008 –

    Broghan & Joshua

    We miss you already Gram…sorry we weren’t there today. I know your in a better place now away from the pain, I Love You Gram. I Love You All…


    05/01/2008 –

    jasmine

    I WILL MISS YOU GRAM. IAM SO GLAD I HAD THIS LAST YEAR WITH YOU I KNOW YOUR HAPPY NOW I LOVE YOU FOREVER….LOVE JASMINE,SETH,LOGAN,JASON


    04/30/2008 –

    michael&kimberly

    BETH,LYNN,TIM IM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. SHES HAPPY NOW. I WILL MISS HER,AND WILL NEVER FORGET HER.


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