Alice A. Pethan
Alice A. Pethan, 90, of 1010 First St., Kiel and currently a resident of Field of Dreams Assisted Living, Kiel, died October 3, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer with her family at her side.
She was born June 4, 1923 in St. Anna, WI, daughter of the late Casper & Isabelle (Dreifuerst) Roehrig.
Alice attended St. Ann Catholic Grade School in St. Anna.
On November 17, 1944 she married the love of her life, Robert N. Pethan, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Pleasantville, NJ where Bob was stationed with the U.S. Navy. Mom related the story to us many times how she carried her wedding cake, in a hat box, on her lap, on the train, all the way to New Jersey. The couple celebrated many anniversaries throughout their married lives.
Her husband Bob preceded her in death on October 22, 1989.
Alice was a cook for the Kiel School systems for over 30 years, retiring in 1990.
She was a member of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Kiel and the Christian Women. She was very active in the church as a volunteer, slicing up many potatoes for potato salad, making many nescos of eggs for the breakfast at church & standing in the take-out line filling barbecue plates for families to take home and enjoy. She also cleaned the rectory for many years, stapled many bulletins together as well as doing some sewing for Father Loren. Always willing to do anything for the church was never a job for her but a privilege.
She bowled for many years in the Kiel Women's League, played cards with very close friends, the Mueller's, Hein's & Jaschob's for many years and was a member of the Kiel VFW Auxiliary.
Alice was a very active member of the Kiel Community Pantry and was recently presented with a birdbath and plague commending her for over 30 years of volunteer work for the pantry. It has been placed at the corner of First and Fremont Street in Kiel for the city to admire. She also was presented with a beautiful table from the Kiel Senior Center for many years as a volunteer server at the center. Grandma Alice loved the "pitter-patter" of little feet in her home and really enjoyed spending time with her kids, grandkids and great grandkids. We always looked forward to Christmas, as our parents always made it a perfect, fun-filled family day, especially the delicious food and a gift for everyone.
She loved making quilts, making one for all 6 children, 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and other friends. She recently had been teaching a few of her granddaughters the fine art of quilt making. She also enjoyed embroidering, making many pillowcases, tablecloths and aprons, playing sheepshead with her friends and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, having season tickets since 1962. In her spare time she was an avid reader, loved to work in her garden and flower beds and maintain her large yard. "These passions brought her immense joy and that joy she passed on to her children and grandchildren".
Alice was a faith-filled woman, who loved her family, served her church & community & believed that education & hard work empowered one to do many things. She was extremely proud that all her grandchildren completed their college education.
"When we see her many homemade quilts, a beautiful perennial or vegetable garden, an ironed pillowcase, an older women with beautiful blue eyes, or encounter a loving wife or mother, we will think of her. She will be in our hearts forever".
Survivors include her children; John (Joyce) Pethan, Kohler, Jane Pethan (Don Glick), Kiel, Jean (Peter) DeTroye, Kiel, Diane (Marvin) Mangan, Green Bay, David (Karen) Pethan, Kiel, Karen (Mark) Miller, Kiel and 14 grandchildren; Sarah Pethan, Alexander (Marivic) Pethan, Zachary (Erin) Pethan, Jessica (Lonnie) Schaefer, Stephanie (Lucas) Baus, Michael (Jennifer) DeTroye, David DeTroye and special friend, Kristin Johnson, Kristi Mangan, Breanna Mangan, Elaine (Nick) Ruh, Greg Pethan, Aaryn (Corey) Faust, Jenna (Brett) Yost, Benjamin Miller & fiance, Jenna Hammann and extended family members, Diana & Craig VanDeKreeke, Adam & Kristy Turner She is further survived by great grandchildren, Walter & Annette Pethan, Colton & Joselyn Schaefer, Jack & Vincent Baus, Ethan, Miles & Owen DeTroye, Grant Faust, special little people, Abigail & Sophia Johnson, Lillian & Avery Turner & Harris VanDeKreeke. She is further survived by two sisters, Jean (Elroy) Mauer, Mae Klase, one brother, Dennis (Vivian) Roehrig, sisters-in-law, Adeline & Dorothy Roehrig, special friend, Pat Boushley, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one grandson, Eric DeTroye, one little Angel, Ella, two sisters, Lucille Bartel, Rita Hipke, two brothers, Harold & Cyril Roehrig, three brothers-in-law, Walter Bartel, Howard Hipke and Charles Klase, mother in-law & father-in-law, Joseph & Mary Pethan, inlaws, Evangeline Kunert, Clarence (Doris) Pethan, Gilbert (Lydia) Pethan, Arthur Pethan, Herbert (Germaine) Pethan, brother-in-law, Raymond Kunert and family friend Joe Perkovich.
The funeral Mass for Alice will be celebrated at 4:00pm on Monday October 7, 2013 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 413 Fremont St., Kiel with Rev. Loren Nys S.D.S. officiating and Pastoral Leader Joe Zenk & Deacon Pat Knier assisting.
Burial will take place in the church cemetery.
Family and friends may call at the church on Monday from 12:00 (noon) until 3:45pm when brief family rites will be held.
A memorial has been established for the cemetery pavement & fence project.
Alice's family would like to extend their thanks to Dr. Max Haid & staff at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic, Sheboygan, and Dr. David Deubler for all their help and a special thank you to the staff at Field of Dreams Assisted Living and Hospice Advantage for the wonderful care she received.
Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home, 815 6th St., Kiel is assisting the family.
Online condolences at www.meiselwitzfh.com
Meiselwitz-Vollstadt Funeral Home
815 6th Street Kiel, WI 53042
Published in Sheboygan Press on Oct. 5, 2013