MADISON - Katherine Mae Helleckson "Katie" was born to Floyd and Ila (Waite) Foat on May 23, 1923, in Milwaukee and went to her Heavenly home on Jan. 22, 2013.

She graduated in 1941 from Central High School in Madison and married Allyn L. Vitense and then was employed by Ray-O-Vac in Madison. She married Burnette T. Helleckson on Aug. 27, 1949. In 1964 they purchased Helleckson’s Resort, on Lake Wisconsin, which they operated until 1991.

She was a board member and secretary of the Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce 1971-1989. She was a member St. John’s Lutheran and Dekorra Lutheran Churches. She enjoyed playing cards, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandson. Her many friends at Oakwood Village became a very important and cherished part of her life for her last 9 1/2 years.

She is survived by daughters, Bonnie Whiting of Bella Vista, Ark., Judy (Jerry) Mayfield of Lodi, and Diane (Tom) Zopfi of Dane; sons, Robert (Connie) Vitense of DeForest, Dwain Helleckson, Randy (Debra) Helleckson of Wisconsin Dells; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson; stepsisters, Ruby Ann Schmidt and Vonnie Linde; a stepbrother, Reuben (Cheryl) Reddeman; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Burnette; daughter, Katherine Rae Vitense; father and mother; stepfather, Reuben Reddeman; and son-in-law, Robert Whiting.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at OAKWOOD VILLAGE PRAIRIE RIDGE, 5556 Tancho Drive, Madison in the TREE OF LIFE CHAPEL. Services will begin at 11 a.m. followed by lunch in the Oakwood Village dining room.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Oakwood Village Foundation, 6201 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53705.

Cress Funeral and Cremation Service

3325 E. Washington Ave., Madison

(608) 249-6666

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