Phyllis Leckrone, the wife of longtime Wisconsin Marching Band director Mike Leckrone, passed away Tuesday at the age of 81 after a long illness, according to the university. 

A post on the band's alumni Facebook page says Phyllis Leckrone was known as the "Badger Band Mom." 

The North Manchester, Indiana, native taught with the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District for more than 25 years.

Visitation will occur from 4-7 p.m. Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Rd M, Middleton. The service will be held there at 1 p.m. Friday. Interment will be private.

Mike Leckrone, who took over as director of Wisconsin's marching band in 1969, met Phyllis when the two played trumpet in junior high, according to a 2009 State Journal profile

"She had a terrible crush on me," he said during the 2009 interview alongside his wife.

Phyllis rolled her eyes, the State Journal reported.

"I got to be second chair 'cuz I was going with the band director's son," she said at the time.

Phyllis would watch her husband perform at Wisconsin football games and he would flip his hat to her from the podium at every game, according to the State Journal profile. 

Mike and Phyllis Leckrone were married in 1955. She is survived by five children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to her favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, at stjude.org/donate.

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