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Emily A. Hickey

Emily A. Hickey, 94, formerly of Baileys Harbor, passed away peacefully in her sleep Tuesday morning, May 28, 2013 at Carrington Manor in Green Bay where she resided for the past 4 years.

This well-known gardener was born November 6, 1918 in the Town of Sevastopol, the daughter of Julius and Eva (Stoffels) Peterson. Emily was a graduate of Sevastopol High School, Door-Kewaunee Normal School, and Oshkosh State Teachers College. She taught elementary grades for many years in the one room school house at Jacksonport, then later at Liberty Grove. She was married to Louis Trainer Jr. in 1937, until his death in 1940. During World War II and into the early 1950’s Emily worked as a junior draftsman-tracer for Smith Shipyard and PBI. It was during that time she met her husband James Hickey. They were married on October 9, 1954 in Baileys Harbor where they lived until Jim's death on October 4, 2004.

Emily enjoyed playing piano, guitar, singing, the outdoors and traveling. She was quite adventurous, traveling on her own to Guam and Hawaii in 1977; to Germany, Austria and Switzerland by Eurail pass in 1978; and again to Germany, Denmark and Iceland in 1986. She and Jim also traveled extensively throughout the country visiting friends, relatives and public and private gardens. For many years she was also the Baileys Harbor weather observer for WFRV-TV's Storm Team 5.

Emily was an avid gardener, earning her Master Gardener certification in 1988. Her beautifully landscaped rock gardens were open to the public for many years. During this time, she enjoyed meeting hundreds of gardening visitors from most states, and several foreign countries. Much of the revenue generated from tours of her gardens went to benefit the Green Bay Botanical Gardens. She was especially proud of her dwarf conifers, hostas, roses and daylilies. She was a consulting Rosarian and enjoyed sharing her plants and knowledge with everyone. Her gardens have been featured on the Door County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary House and Garden Walk, and written up in Fine Gardening and Wisconsin Trails among other publications. Emily and her gardens have also been featured on TV shows such as Green Scene with Erin Davisson, Wisconsin Gardener with Shelley Ryan, and nationally-syndicated Rebecca's Garden. In 2000 the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation honored Emily with their Bronze Award for having a "garden of significant influence in the state." The Chicago Botanical Gardens also utilized Emily's garden for growing some of their experimental plants.

Emily was a lifetime member of the Ridges Sanctuary where she served as secretary for several years. She was also a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Friends of the Clearing, the Wisconsin Phonological Society, and the Sturgeon Bay Home and Garden Club. Other memberships include the Land Trust of Door County, Nature Conservancy, Door County Historical Society, Friends of Whitefish Dunes, the Green Bay Botanical Garden, the American Rose Society, the Conifer Society, the Woody Plant Society and the American Rock Garden Society. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay, and previously Stella Maris Parish and it’s Sodality, Baileys Harbor.

Survivors include her two sons, Robert Trainor of Mary Esther, FL, Kenneth (Suzanne) Trainor of Wauwatosa; daughter, Mikki (Larry) Beno of Green Bay; grandchildren, Margaret (special friend, Jerry Krafft) Trainor of Colorado Springs, CO, Stephan (Cindy) Trainor of Fort Walton Beach, FL, Patrick Trainor of Sarasota, FL, Renee (Phillip) Golomski of Milwaukee, Rachel Trainor of Wauwatosa; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Kathryn Cook of Green Bay; niece, Marney (James) Wallace; cousin, Janice Kalms; and dear friend, David Calhoun.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husbands; daughter-in-law, Gudrun Trainor; brother-in-law, Donald Cook; and cousin, Russell Kalms.

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Robert Konkol officiating. Burial will be this week at Bayside Cemetery near her parents.

Friends may call at the church on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m.

Memorials may be given in her memory to: the Door County Historical Society, the Green Bay Botanical Society, or to the Rawhide Boys Ranch.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the staffs and caregivers of Unity Hospice and Carrington Manor for their kind and wonderful care.

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