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Nettie Spevacek, Strand Bakery “Lefse Queen,” passed away July 10, 2009

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on July 17, 2009

The East Side History Club extends its sympathy to the family of Nettie Spevacek, who passed away peacefully on July 10, 2009. Nettie’s exploits as a “Lefse Queen” for the Strand Bakery, as well as her service in the East Side Women’s Club and her remembrances of family life on the East Side in the 1930s-40s, were recorded in An East Side Album. Nettie was one of the first people interviewed by History Club volunteers.

An obituary appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 13. Nettie was born on April 17, 1907, on a farm in Norway Grove, Vienna Township, near DeForest, the ninth of 13 children of Ole and Mary (Sorenson) Anderson, a well-known Dane County pioneer family.

Nettie lived on the East Side after her marriage to Don Slickman in 1933, first on Winnebago Street and latter on Sommers Avenue. After raising her son she worked for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

Nettie enjoyed many years of volunteering and spiritual fellowship at Bethel Lutheran Church. Even after turning 100, Nettie was an active proponent of Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL). She lived in her own home until a few months before her death at age 102.

"Lefse Queens" ca. 1955: Nettie (Slickman) Spevacek, Center.

"Lefse Queens" ca. 1955: Nettie (Slickman) Spevacek, Center.

1950: Nettie (Slickman) Spevacek, left, with Vera Browne, officers in the East Side Women's Club, arriving at a banquet.

1950: Nettie (Slickman) Spevacek, left, with Vera Browne, officers in the East Side Women's Club, arriving at a banquet.


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