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  • Visitation
    • Visitation will be held at St. Stephen Catholic Church (1441 West Oakwood Road, Oak Creek, WI 53154) on Saturday, March 12, from 11:30am to 12:45pm.
  • Funeral Mass
    • Funeral Mass will be held at St. Stephen Catholic Church (1441 West Oakwood Road, Oak Creek, WI 53154) on Saturday, March 12, at 1pm.
  • Burial
    • Burial will follow Funeral Mass at St. Joseph Cemetery (6380 S. Howell Ave, Oak Creek, WI 53154)



Buretta, Ednamae

(nee O’Brien) Passed away peacefully, at home with family. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 7, 1927, to the late William and Mary Alice (Fox) O’Brien. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert J. Buretta.

Edna grew up in Mauston, Wisconsin, attending St. Patrick’s Catholic School and graduating from Mauston High School in 1945. Her career included over 25 years with General Motors (AC Spark Plug / Delco), notably working with the engineers that developed the guidance system for the NASA Apollo project. She dedicated herself to volunteer work with her parish of over 60 years, St. Stephen Catholic Church in Oak Creek, WI.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara; son, Robert W. (Beth); her grandchildren, Geralyn, Adam (Michelle), and Christopher (Brooke); greatgrandchildren, Adam M., Kateri, and Lincoln; her sisters, Rosemary Schwab, Catherine Murray, and Judy (Sam) Schelble. She is further survived by cousins, many nieces and nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents William and Alice; her parents-in-law, Jerome and Irene Buretta; and her brothers-in-law, William Schwab, Maurice Murray, Carl (Ruth) Buretta, and George (Florence Mott) Buretta.

Edna loved God, her family, and her friends. She enjoyed nothing more than gathering with the people in her life, often generously serving them with food, attention, and her time. When separated, they were always in her prayers.

Visitation and a funeral mass will be held at St. Stephen Catholic Church (1441 West Oakwood Road, Oak Creek, WI 53154) on Saturday, March 12. Visitation 11:30am to 12:45pm, mass at 1:00 pm, and interment at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery (6380 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek, WI 53154) following Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to St. Stephen Catholic Parish or to plant a memorial tree:


  1. Geralyn (Geri) Engman March 8, 2022 at 4:19 pm - Reply



    i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
    my heart) i am never without it
    here is the deepest secret nobody knows
    (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
    and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
    higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
    and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

    i carry your heart….in my heart
    (e.e. cummings, adapted)

    I love you and am joyful that you are at peace with our Lord,

  2. Kelli and Ray Bradshaw March 8, 2022 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    We love you Barbara and Geri and family. Praying for you during this time.

  3. Adam Engman March 8, 2022 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Grandma Eddie loved through service. She served her loved ones including family, friends and even those she did not know who were in need. In so doing, she was a true servant of the Lord. She stayed firm in her relationship with God, through the good times and the tough times. She stood tall (although she was 5’2”) in a cold world and brought much light and hope to those who were lucky enough to have crossed paths with her. Thanks for everything, Grandma Eddie!

  4. Tammy Nicodemus March 8, 2022 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    My affection for Grandma Eddie began over 30 years ago when she’d send Wisconsin cheese popcorn to our college dorm (Geralyn & friends!) to help us study for final exams. She made me feel like one of her own when I visited her home and slept under a lovely quilt in her attic bedroom, and over the years, I received so many lovely handwritten notes in the mail from her, lovingly signed “Grandma Eddie.” I’m grateful for a couple of recent visits with her at Barbara’s house; she was absolutely beautiful to the end! Most of all, I’ll always remember this true Lady as equal parts strength and gentleness. My life is better because I was privileged to call Ednamae Buretta my own Grandma Eddie, too. <3

  5. Adam M Engman (Grandson) March 8, 2022 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    I love my great grandma and I always will after her death. I would always spend Christmas with her and our family I would be with her even when she was struggling with health issues Me and my sister would be excited to see her everyday. RIP <3

  6. Kateri Engman March 8, 2022 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    I love my Grandma Eddie. I will never forget her, but I know she is happy in heaven. Love you Grandma

  7. Mary Depies March 8, 2022 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    My Aunt Eddie was a wonderful and caring person. She was always there for me through thick and thin. My Aunt Eddie never judged me she just tried to help. I will truly miss her. She made the best apple turnovers in the whole entire world. She was a terrific cook but they were my favorites.
    Rest In Peace.
    Love and prayers Mary.

  8. Barb Thomas March 9, 2022 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    To Barbara and Robert, I know you will not know who I am, but I was your babysitter when you lived on South 9th St. I lived in the house right behind the back of your house with the black metal railing. My Deepest Sympathy to the both of you and your families. The last time I saw your Mom was at St. STEPHENS FESTIVAL WHEN THEY WERE BY THE AIRPORT. Your Mom was a precious gem and e erytine that I would go down Howell Ave. I would think of her. Prayers and Blessings to all if both. MOM was a Diamond in the Sky.

  9. Quentin January 13, 2023 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Adam is one of my best friends and he talked alot about his grandma Eddie. And from what I heard she is a very kind and nice person RIP Grandma Eddie…

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