STETSONVILLE, Wis. – Florence E. "Dolly" Piller, 84, of Stetsonville, Wis., died on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Medford Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center, Medford, Wis., where she resided for the past seven months, surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice.|
Born July 1, 1928, in Medford, to the late Henry and Elizabeth (McHale) Schwarting, Florence attended Medford area schools. In 1942, she married Robert H. Piller. On Dec. 26, 2012, they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
In 1967, they relocated to Illinois, where they lived for 23 years. In 1990, they moved back to Stetsonville where they owned and operated Partners Bar and Restaurant. In 1994, they finally retired and continued to live in Stetsonville. Dolly enjoyed reading, cooking, baking, trips to the casino and her family.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville. She was a proud member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in Sycamore. She cooked for numerous weddings, banquets and parties where her potato salad made her famous.
Survivors include her husband, Robert of Stetsonville; four sons, Gary of Medford, Bruce of Fond du Lac, Wis., Mark (Debbie) of West Fargo, N.D., and Rocky (Debbie) of Crystal Lake; two daughters, Betty Elliott (Dennis) of Cortland and Lynn Retherford (Doug) of DeKalb; daughter-in-law, Dora Piller of Schaumburg; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.
Florence was preceded in death by her children, Donna and Dennis (Butch); parents, Henry and Elizabeth; one brother, Henry Schwarting; and three sisters, Linda Piller, Doris Rabska and Elsie Blank.
Funeral services were held on Monday, April 22, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville, with the Rev. Fredrick Brost celebrating. Interment was at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford. Pallbearers are Steven Piller, Scott Piller, Robert Piller, Brian Piller, Randy Elliott and Jake Brock. Visitation was held Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hope Hospice, 537 W. Broadway, Medford, Wisconsin.
Hemer Funeral Home of Medford assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at hemerfuneralservice.com.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Apr. 24, 2013