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Dr. Anita B. Dahlke, professor emeritus of education at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, died on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, surrounded by her family.

Dahlke is remembered for many things, but on the UW Oshkosh campus, she was instrumental in starting the Reading Study Center in 1964. Her hand-picked staff at the Reading Center was enthusiastically student-oriented. During her career, she was also a reading teacher for the Wautoma and Neenah school districts locally.

An inveterate traveler, Dahlke was also active as an auctioneer (one of the first women in Wisconsin), and was extremely knowledgeable about antiques and jewelry.

Dahlke was a volunteer and/or member for many Oshkosh organizations, as well as national historical and environmental groups. They included: First Congregational Church (served as a moderator); Oshkosh Noon Kiwanis (past-president); P.E.O. (chapter BA); Alumni Association of Carleton College, UW-Madison and UW Oshkosh; Paine Art Center and Arboretum; Oshkosh Public Museum and Auxiliary; National Wildlife Federation; Nature Conservancy; Sierra Club: Ladies Benevolent Society: Evergreen Retirement Community; Smithsonian Institution: National Trust for Historical Preservation: Winnebago County Historical Society; Audubon Society. She also served on the following boards: Evergreen Retirement Community (7 ½ years-2 years as Vice Chair); Ladies Benevolent Society (several years); White River Power Company (from 1961-1979 as secretary/treasurer).

A visitation will be held Jan. 16 at Konrad Behlman Funeral Home, 402 Waugoo Ave., from 5 until 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Jan. 17  at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 137 Algoma Ave, Oshkosh. Family and friends may visit at the church from 10 until 11 a.m. Inurnment will be in Princeton Cemetery.

  • This post was compiled using information from Dahlke’s full obituary, which can be found here.