Brookfield clerk Edwards dies at 68

Also served as village trustee and recreation director


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By Bob Uphues


Brookfield Village Clerk Cathy Colgrass Edwards died Wednesday night at her home, officials have confirmed. She was 68 years old.

Police conducted a well-being check at Edwards' home in the 3600 block of Madison Avenue on Aug. 5 at about 6:45 p.m., said Lt. James Episcopo, after someone reported being unable to reach her by phone.

Edwards reportedly was on vacation in Door County, Wisconsin, but cut the trip short to return home because she wasn't feeling well. It had been a tough year, healthwise for Edwards, who spent about two weeks in the hospital in April after undergoing surgery to mend an intestinal blockage. 

At the time, she was disappointed to miss the village-wide election, which took place on April 7. It was the first time the PEP Party stalwart had missed an election, she said.

But she returned to the board table in late April and hadn't missed a board meeting since that time. Edwards was elected clerk in 2013 after serving two terms as a village trustee. She also formerly worked as the director of the Department of Parks and Recreation for the village of Brookfield.

Services are pending. Village manager Keith Sbiral said that bunting would be placed at the entrance of the village hall and flags would be lowered to half staff in Edwards' memory.

More details as they become available.

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Michael Towner from Brookfield  

Posted: August 10th, 2015 5:42 PM

Brookfield lost a good soul. Cathy wanted only what was best for our village, and wanted the best for all she met. A truly good person. Will miss her.

Steven Lifka from Brookfield  

Posted: August 7th, 2015 3:17 PM

My heart goes out to her family and the staff for Brookfield Village Hall she will be missed dearly.

Jim Mann  

Posted: August 6th, 2015 4:21 PM

Having worked with Cathy and having known her for more than 35 years, I couldn't agree more with Mark Roegner's comments. Cathy will be truly missed.

Mark Roegner  

Posted: August 6th, 2015 3:45 PM

So sorry to hear of her passing a great lady and a person that loved Brookfield more than anybody I know.

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