Maureen A. Kampen


POYNETTE  --  Maureen A. Kampen, 80, died Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Tivoli at Divine Savior, Portage.

Maureen was born September 26, 1932, in the Town of Dekorra, the daughter of Lyle and Frances Polnow Thompson. She was married to Harlan “Curley” Kampen on June 11, 1955, at St Peter’s Lutheran Church, Arlington.  Maureen was a civilian employee of the 327th Fighter Group, 30th Air Division, US Air Force at Truax Field until the division was transferred to a base in Missouri in 1966. Following that, she worked at Jamieson Brothers and the Village of Poynette, as well as the Flower Company in Portage. In 1984, Maureen and her sister, Pam, opened MacKenzie Corners, a convenience store and gift and flower shop, where Maureen honed her talents as a florist. After selling the business, she worked as a florist at the Flower Company in Portage and, until her retirement in 2012, as a florist for Piggly Wiggly in Poynette. In her earlier years, Maureen was an avid softball player and a member of the Poynette Curling Club.
She lived happily in the home that her father built for her and “Curley” in 1958, until shortly before her death. Maureen was best known by her family and friends as a self-taught artist whose notable talent allowed her to transfer nature’s beauty to canvas. She was a past member of the Madison Art Guild and had displayed her talent in many art shows throughout the state.

Maureen is survived by her siblings, Shirley Thompson of Denver, CO, Terry (Nancy) Thompson of Poynette, and Pam (Tom) Robson of Portage; nieces and nephews, Debbie (John) Breneman, Eugene (Sharon) Kampen, Jenifer (Robert Eckdale) Thompson, Chris Thompson, and Nick (Shelley) Morehouse; and grandnephew Silas Morehouse. She is also survived by her best friend, Kathleen Schoeneberg and her cats, Yipper and Bitsy. Maureen was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan “Curley” and her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2013, at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette, with Pastor Sharon Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery.  Visitation will be from noon until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Columbia County Humane Society.

The family would like to thank the staffs of the Lodi Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Tivoli at Divine Savior Nursing Home, and Southern Care Hospice for their loving care during Maureen’s recent illness, as well as Dr. Kastenberg and Dr. Juckett.


For information please call 608 742-2126 (Portage, WI) or 608 635-2763 (Poynette, WI)