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Wendy Lynn (Johnson) Laxton

February 19, 1957 ~ August 5, 2019 (age 62)

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VERONA – Wendy Lynn Laxton, age 62, passed away at her home, surrounded by family on Monday, August 5, 2019. She was born February 19, 1957 in Tomah, WI to parents, Roy and Susan (Stout) Johnson. In her younger years, she enjoyed swimming and visiting her relatives at the cabin on the lake in Wisconsin Rapids. Wendy was a 1975 graduate of Tomah High School and attended Western Wisconsin Technical Institute in LaCrosse. She married Gordon Gene Laxton at St. Stephen’s Church in Camp Douglas on August 28, 1976.  They resided in the Madison and Verona areas for the last 25 years. Wendy worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years, most recently for RPS Division of Arthur J. Gallagher. She loved baking cookies with her granddaughter, crafting, cake decorating, gardening, scrapbooking, sewing and watching football, hockey and racing. She will be remembered as a selfless woman with a big heart who always seemed to put others first.

Wendy is survived by her mother, Sue Johnson; her husband, Gordon; son, Justin (Kaitlyn) Laxton; step-son Michael (Tracy) Oszman; grandchildren Sydney Laxton and Zach (Becky) Oszman; siblings Sandy (Dave) Linsmeyer, Melody (Bob) Greeno and Scott Johnson; and numerous nieces, nephews, other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the UW Health Cardiac & Heart Failure Department. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wendy’s honor to: UW Foundation – Heart Failure Research, UW Bank Lockbox, Box 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278.

A visitation/celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home, 220 Enterprise Drive, Verona, WI 53593.

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Verona Chapel

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Celebration of Life
August 10, 2019

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Ryan Funeral Home – Verona Chapel
220 S. Enterprise Drive
Verona, WI 53593

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