Dawn, aged 78, passed away on Tuesday February 2, 2021, at Boswell Hospital Emergency Room in Sun City, AZ, as she battled pneumonia exacerbated by Covid-19. She was born April 26, 1942, at St. Mary’s Hospital to Arthur and Bernice Kreft of Madison, WI.
She married the love of her life, Daryl Lund, on June 15, 1963, and they had a wonderful 57 years of marriage before she succumbed. Although she and Daryl wintered in Sun City, their permanent residence May through October was Cottage WI.
Following receiving her licensed practical nursing associate degree at Madison College, Dawn worked at clinics and private duty nursing while supporting Daryl in his pursuit of a Ph.D. Her primary professional positions were in pediatric and geriatric nursing at Quisling and Jackson Clinics and private duty nursing in Madison. After 20 years in her profession, she became volunteer extraordinaire. She was a loving and contributing partner with Daryl as they journeyed on their trip through academic life. At Rutgers University she was President of the Women’s League of Rutgers and during her presidency was responsible for generating an endowment and eleven annual scholarships. She invited Madison local artist Robin Lauersdorf to come to Rutgers to create a pencil etching of significant campus buildings for the diploma holder and repeated the same at Cornell University.
Those who knew Dawn know that she was born with a wander lust. She and Daryl traveled incessantly visiting all seven continents, more than 150 UN-member countries, and more than 80 independent islands. Among her favorite trips were a cruise to Antarctic and planned trip to Timbuktu, Mali. River and sea cruises were also favorites often taken with close friends. Family trips with children and grandkids included a Kenyan African Safari, with ending trip to Zanzibar; Ecuador and Galapagos with family and friends from the Netherlands; and twice accompanying her beloved UW Badgers to Atlantis Bahamas.
Dawn was the life of the party and shared her wonderful and infectious love of life. She was a super saleslady to whom you could not say no. While she sold Tupperware, her favorite saying was, “No sex, no supper; just Tupper, Tupper, Tupper!”
She also looked forward to riding with Daryl in the golf cart. Daryl always said he has the only wife in Sun City who got out of bed in the morning and asked if they were going golfing today.
Although Dawn loved to travel, it did not compare to her love of family. Camping trips, 53 years of Lund Family Reunions, and celebrating all the good fortune of her family were most important. She was so proud of the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren who survive her: Kristine Lund England (Todd) of Fort Atkinson, WI, and Eric Lund (Yael) of Verona, WI, and her five grandchildren; David Lund, Stephen Lund, Ryan England, Kevin England, and Kate England. She is also survived by her brother, Gary Kreft (Christie) Sun City, AZ, her sister, Diane Livermore (Doug) Eugene, OR, and her cousins and families Kreft, Heun, and Kassis.
A memorial service will be planned for later this summer. Memorials may be made to The Dawn Kreft Lund Nursing Scholarship at www.supportmadisoncollege.org/dawn-kreft-lund-nursing-endowed-scholarship and SOS Children’s Villages, 1620 I Street NW, Suite 220, Washington, DC 20006 www.SOS-USA.org. Choose Indonesia.
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