Mary C. Getter

Mary C. Getter

MADISON-Mary C. Getter, age 76, passed away on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at Trinity Community Living in Madison, Wis., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mary was born on Jan. 6, 1940, near Colfax, Wis., to Martin and Helen Froiland. She attended Westby and Viroqua schools, graduating from high school in 1957. Following high school, she moved to Madison where she began work as a secretary.

On Nov. 29, 1958, she married her high school sweetheart, Donald Getter. Three daughters, Kathi, Linda and Lisa were born in the next five years. Mary worked in a variety of office positions over the years and retired after working as a buyer for Certco, Inc. She and Don spent their retirement years (they “retired” in their early 50’s) cleaning offices and homes part-time, golfing, sailing and traveling. They spent many of their winters in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Mary was creative and loved to sew clothes for her young daughters, learn new crafts and decorate her home. She and Don spent many hours together over the years remodeling their homes and helping others to do the same.

Mary is survived by her siblings, Elsie (David) Krohn of Sandy, Utah, and Tom Froiland of Tucumcari, N.M. She is also survived by her daughters, Kathi (Dennis) Seman of Cottage Grove, Wis., Linda Hammes and Lisa Zimmerman, both of Madison, Wis.; grandchildren, Jenna, Brian and Jason Zimmerman, Kyle and Derek Hammes, and Gayle and Christie Seman; and great-grandchild, Lilie Latona-Hammes.

Mary was preceded in death by her beloved “sweetie pie”, Don, in 2011.

A memorial service for Mary will be held at WESTWOOD CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 5210 Odana Rd., Madison, at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Friends may also visit the church from 12 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. Burial will be in Viroqu, Wis., in the spring or summer. Special thanks to the caring staff at Brookdale Senior Living in Sun Prairie, where Mary spent most of the last five years of her life, and also to Heartland Hospice for their care and support.

Gifts in honor of Mary may be made to either Heartland Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences and flowers may be sent to: Getter Family, c/o Westwood Christian Church, 5210 Odana Rd., Madison, WI 53711. Online condolences may be made at

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