Wendy J. Coe

Monday, January 2, 2017 4:52 pm

Wendy J. Coe, 59, of Madison, passed away at home Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, after battling a recurrence of breast cancer. A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison. Visitation is at Gunderson east Funeral and Cremation Care, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, and also at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Luther College, the Bethel Foundation, or Overture Center for the Arts. Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh.com.
She fought this battle with grace, dignity, and had an amazing positive attitude.

She was born Oct. 5, 1957, in Rochester, Minn., the daughter of Lavern and Jean (Currier) Hillesland. She graduated from Stewartville High School in 1976, and Luther College in 1980. Wendy married David Coe Oct. 18, 1980. She held a variety of positions in not-for-profit organizations, including the Wisconsin PGA, North Central College, Meriter Foundation and the Madison Community Foundation before joining The Rees Group, Inc. in January 2005; where she served as the executive director for the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP). Wendy received Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and Certified Association Executive (CAE) designations, the highest professional credentials in the fundraising and association industries. She served ACVP with distinction, warmth and humor. Wendy was actively involved at Bethel Lutheran Church, including singing in the Bethel Women’s Choir and completing a term on the church council. Most recently Wendy was serving as president of the Bethel Foundation. She had also been actively involved as a member of the Luther College Alumni Council for 10 years and a Luther College Class Agent for 12 years. She was a member of the Madison East Band Parent Association, Leadership Greater Madison and was a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Wendy was an avid and talented quilter and enjoyed sewing, knitting, singing and gardening, and was a voracious reader. She loved her home, being part of a close neighborhood and spending time with family. David and Wendy also enjoyed traveling to favorite destinations including Scotland, Washington D.C., Chicago and New York City. Most recently, they traveled to San Francisco by train with their son, Robbie and his fiancée, Amber.

Wendy is survived by her husband, David; son, Robbie (Amber Svoboda) Coe; parents, Lavern and Jean Hillesland; sister, Betsy (Jerry) Busch; niece, Shannon (Jon) Plichta; nephew, Zach Busch; great-niece, Evie Plichta; father-in-law, Robert Coe; sister-in-law, Holly (Pat) Egge; and dear friends, Cheryl and Tim Frazier and Paul and Karen Bulgrin.

She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Barbara Coe.

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