Edna was born in Townsend, Wisconsin to Otto and Hazel (Bennett) Klawitter on
December 2, 1933. She graduated from Suring High School in 1951 and then
attended the Whitewater State Teachers College. In Whitewater she met William
J. (Bill) McLaughlin. They married on June 17, 1953 at St. Patrick Catholic
Church and were very proud of being married over 64 years.
She is survived by her sons: William (Terri) McLaughlin of Greenfield, WI; Gary
(Lynn) McLaughlin of Richfield, WI; Jeffrey (Patty) McLaughlin of Colorado
Springs, CO; and Michael (Cathy) McLaughlin of La Luz, NM. Grandchildren are
Molly McLaughlin, Matthew McLaughlin, Brandon Allen, Thomas Allen, and Anna
McLaughlin. Great-grandchildren are Jacob McLaughlin, Zachary Welsh and
Esme McLaughlin. Edna is survived her sister Sally (Roger) Gustafson and
many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her husband Bill, her parents, six siblings: Audrie
Weiler, Richard Klawitter, Florence Holmes, Michael Klawitter, John Klawitter,
Robert Klawitter, and grandson Steven McLaughlin.
Edna was a warm, loving, and caring person with a great sense of humor. She
worked for the Whitewater School District for over 25 years. She loved
gardening, golfing, playing cribbage, and was a skilled, prolific knitter making
dozens of afghans, hats, scarves, and Christmas stockings. One of her projects
was even featured in Better Homes & Gardens magazine.
Celebration of Life – The McLaughlins will hold a celebration of life in her honor
between 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at The Trysting Place Pub,
N71W12980 Appleton Ave, in Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. It is located at the intersection of Appleton Avenue and Good Hope Road. Please use the Banquet Room Entrance.
Edna’s cremains will be interred in a private ceremony at Holy Cross Cemetery in
Milwaukee, WI. The family would like to give thanks for the extraordinary care
provided to her by the entire Kathy Hospice team. They have been very kind and
attentive to her and her family.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to either The Kathy Hospice, 3232
Pleasant Valley Rd, West Bend, WI, 53095 or The Kathy Hospice Outside