VOL. 18 NO. 17 -- AUGUST 21, 2023

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Reflections/Jonathan Gramling

Jonathan Gramling

Thank you Ada!

Although it is part of the circle of life, it is nonetheless painful when a good friend passes on. Lynn McDonald, one of her closest friends, had just put on an 88th birthday party for Ada at Olbrich Gardens. Governor Tony Evers and a number of elected officials were there including Lieutenant Governor Sara Rodriguez and former Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes. There was a contingent from the Menominee Nation, which Ada headed as its first female tribal chair. There was a contingent of people from UW-Madison led by Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin and a host of social workers including former Mayor Frances Huntley-Cooper who was mayor of Fitchburg, Ada’s place of residence. And of course her godson, Ben Wickler, head of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, was there.

It was a wonderful time in which Ada received two Pendleton blankets and many other gifts. While Ada was in pain, she wouldn’t have missed it for the world. -- READ MORE