Fay Cyzmoure passed away peacefully on Sept. 16, 2019, at age 96. She was the oldest child of Albert and Jessie Severson of West Allis, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph. She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Diane Peterson, son-in-law Richard Peterson, grandson Scott Peterson and his wife Sonja Stolzenberg.
While Fay grew up in the city, many of her fondest memories were of the times she spent on her grandparents farms near Green Bay, Wisconsin. She graduated from West Allis Central High School and went on to work at Allis Chalmers where she met Joe. They married in 1945, and enjoyed ballroom dancing and took dancing lessons their entire married life. Fay held several executive secretarial positions, and when she retired she was the secretary to the head of the Social Services Department at Milwaukee County Hospital. She enjoyed gardening, flower arranging, playing cards and spending time with friends and family. For several years, Joe and Fay and all of her five siblings and their spouses owned summer places within a few block area near Green Bay. There were numerous family gatherings almost every weekend. After Joe passed away in 2004, Fay moved to a house across the street from Diane and Rich in California. She eventually joined the local senior center and once again enjoyed ballroom dancing at their Tea Dances. This Spring, Fay’s difficulties with memory became more evident and a different living arrangement was needed. She moved to a beautiful assisted living facility a few days after her 96th birthday. She loved her new apartment which included a lot of activities and musical entertainment. Several weeks later, Fay had a bout of colitis which required hospitalization. Her condition cleared after two days on antibiotics, however, she was kept in bed, in the hospital for 10 days. When she entered the hospital, she was walking independently with a walker. When she was released, she could no longer stand or walk. Two weeks in a rehabilitation facility did little, and she was still not able to stand or walk. She returned to her apartment with additional physical therapy, but her strength declined rapidly. She passed away in her sleep early in the morning on Sept. 16th.
There will be a memorial service and interment at Valhalla Memorial Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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