ALTA LUCILLE (SIMONSON) MCCARTHY of Glendale, Wis.,passed away peacefully on February 24, 2013, at the age of 70. Born on April 4, 1942, the beloved daughter of the late Arthur and Lucille Simonson. Loving and devoted wife of the late John M. MCarthy. Dear sister of JANICE WINCH ‘51(Charles) and James (Rita) Simonson. Sister-in-law of Maxine (Roger) Rockstead, Maxine Simonson, Joyce Simonson and Michael (Debbie) McCarthy. Alta was predeceased by brothers Jerome and Lyle Simonson. Further survived by nieces, a nephew, other relatives and many good friends. Alta was a 1962 graduate of Luther College, a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma and a longtime member of the Glendale Women's Club. Alta had a true love for life; it was always evident through her contagious and unsurpassed laughter. She was a dedicated educator, whose influence went far beyond the classroom. Alta loved her students and made a point of always staying in touch with them as years went on. She loved to coach in the school sports programs and enjoyed being involved in directing the school variety show. Alta believed in what she did, she was a strong advocate for teacher rights, serving many years as a negotiator for the Whitefish Bay Teachers Association. Alta enjoyed traveling and learning about the different parts of the world. Her numerous adventures and stories of her travels gave her much to share. She was an avid sports fan and was always cheering the Brewers and Packers on to victory. Alta would go the extra mile for anyone in need, she was a true gift to this world; she will be deeply missed, forever remembered and never forgotten. The family is extremely grateful for the care, love and compassion for Alta by her niece Patricia Kollberg and great-nephew Erik Kollberg. Family greeted family and friends on March 9, at the Feerick Funeral Home, followed by a service honoring Alta's life. Memorials in Alta's name may be made to Union Prairie Lutheran Church, 35957 State Hwy. 30, Lanesboro, MN 55949 or Sojourner Truth House, P.O. Box 080319, Milwaukee, WI 53208.