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Viola "Vye" M. Bradley

Viola "Vye" M. Bradley

January 27, 2018

Viola M. “Vye” Bradley, 88, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Augusta Health and Rehabilitation Center in Augusta, Wisconsin.

Vye was born March 21, 1929, in Pierre, South Dakota, to Herman and Sarah (Madison) Hauge.  She grew up in Pierre and Fort Pierre, South Dakota until high school.  Her family moved to Compton, Illinois her freshman year of high school where she met the love of her life.  During high school, Vye moved in with the Dennis family to help care for their 5 sons.  She then married her high school sweetheart, Gene Bradley, on June 14, 1949.  They lived and loved in Compton, where they went from a couple to a family with 2 daughters and 3 sons.  While raising 5 children, ages 5-16, Vye returned to college where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1967.  In 1968, Gene and Vye moved their family to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where Vye was offered a job teaching elementary school for the Eau Claire Area School District.  Vye noticed a position for a special education teacher and asked if she could have that position instead.  She began the job of her dreams as she finished her Master’s Degree in Special Education in 1970.  She would become a pioneer in the field of special education and was one of the first teachers to have a special education classroom integrated into a local junior high.  She shared her gifts with many student teachers and was awarded the honor of ARC Teacher of the Year in 1991.  She would often bring her students home to share a meal with her family and stayed in touch with most of them after they graduated.  Three of her children became teachers and followed her into the field of Special Education and two granddaughters, as well.

Vye and Gene retired in 1991.  They enjoyed traveling during their retirement and just being together.  Vye loved to read, especially to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Throughout her life, Vye loved to entertain and welcomed many guests into her home.  Her favorite times were holidays and celebrations when she was together with her family and friends.  Those gatherings often included games of all kinds and she never missed the opportunity to play.  She was very competitive and liked to win.  She and Gene worked many jigsaw puzzles together and this was a hobby she continued up until her passing.  Over the years she enjoyed having puzzle races with her children and grandchildren.  Vye loved to sing to her family and is fondly remembered for waking her children and their children by singing “Oh What a Beautiful Morning.”  She and Gene played Pinochle and were both skilled card players.  Over the years they belonged to several card clubs.  They created a tradition of teaching their children and grandchildren to play the card game Liverpool Rummy which often lasted late into the night.  After making her home in the Augusta Nursing Home, she continued to enjoy playing BINGO, cards and working puzzles.  While living in Illinois and raising her family she was a den mother for her sons’ Cub Scout troops.  She belonged to the Lee County Home Bureau, the Compton Women’s Club, the Compton Methodist Church, and was a member of the Eastern Star for over 50 years where she and Gene were Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron in 1957.  Vye and Gene were members of three card clubs and active in their community.  While living in Wisconsin, she joined the YY (Youth of Yesterday), Red Hat Club, and Eau Claire Senior Center.  She belonged to the Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation and the Guidepost Foundation.  Vye belonged to the WSREA as well as the local Eau Claire Area School District Retired Teachers Association.

Vye is survived by one sister, Lois Fackelman of Pierre, South Dakota.  Vye is also survived by five loving children, two daughters, Marianne (Rick) Daw of Eau Claire, WI, and Tari (Edgar) Poulda of Cadott, WI; three sons, Richard (Adelaida) Bradley of Hawaii, Bruce (Sheila) Bradley of Gordon, WI, and Bryan (Linda) Bradley of Eau Claire, WI; thirteen grandchildren who adored her, Doug (Lisa) Smith, Lance (Rachael) Smith, Amy Daw, Sara (Trent) Thacker, Andy (Miranda) Bradley, Becky (Chris) Fries, Elizabeth (Jake) Wik, Emily (Chayne) Bourget, Julianna and EJ Poulda, Jahn (Amanda) Bradley, and Nick (Julie) Bradley; and 18 wonderful great-grandchildren, Hunter and Hannah Smith, Peyton Thacker, Lily, Tristan, and Harper Bradley, Keegan, Kyle, Kelton, and Kasey Fries, Jillian, Owen, Deacon, and Lauren Viola Wik, Collin Bourget, Elin, Avery, and Grayson Bradley; numerous nieces and nephews; and too many friends to count.

Vye was reunited in heaven by the love of her life Gene; her parents; her in-laws, RW and Mildred Bradley; three sisters and three brother-in-law’s, Lucille and John Dunwoody, Angie and Ed Putman, Verna Aughenbaugh and Marvin Fackelman; one brother and his wife, Jim and Norma Hauge; and a sister-in-law and her husband, Doris and Rich Dolan.

Viola left a legacy of love and to know her was to love her.  She didn’t tell her children how to live; she lived and let them watch.  She touched many lives and inspired others with, her generosity and unconditional love for family, friends, and anyone she crossed paths with.  She was especially known for the cards she sent that always touched the hearts of others.

A special thank you to the administration and staff at Augusta Health and Rehabilitation Center for the excellent care she received and love that was shown to her.   

Memorials may be sent to the family in Viola’s name to be designated at a later date.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 1st at 7 p.m. at Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Pastor Mark Shulz will officiate, with visitation from 4 to 7 p.m.  Thursday evening at the funeral home.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 3rd at 10 a.m. at Compton United Methodist Church in Compton, IL.  Friends may call Saturday one hour prior to the services at the church.  Inurnment will be in Wyoming Township Cemetery, Paw Paw, IL.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


Visitation will take place Thursday evening at the funeral home from 4 pm until the time of service. Visitation will take place at the church on Saturday morning from 9:00 until the time of services.


Memorial service will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services with Pastor Mark Schulz officiating. Memorial service will take place at 10:00 on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Compton United Methodist Church in Compton, Illinois. Pastor Dave Holden will officiate.