Hoeft, Ethel M.
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Ethel M. Hoeft, 96, a long time resident of Wausau passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Hospice Care Center of Boulder and Broomfield Counties in Louisville, CO. She was born on September 5, 1916, to the late William and Minnie Klokow. Ethel married William (Musky Bill) Hoeft on July 15, 1941. Together they established Bill's Fine Food from a neighborhood tavern on south 3rd avenue in Wausau in 1946. They retired in 1968 and their nephew, Butch and wife Peggy took over the family business.
Her knowledge of antiques resulted in the forming of Marie (Poeske) and Ethel's antiques which they successfully operated for many years. Ethel taught many people how to knit and crochet and she shared her gifts by donating baby blankets to mothers in need. She also enjoyed doing puzzles which kept her sharp and spirited. Ethel was famous for her homemade cookies which were enjoyed by her family, friends and Bill's Musky Club. She was also a wonderful cook and she rewarded her family with many wonderful meals and lasting memories.
Ethel was a long time member of Saint Pauls Church in Wausau. She was very active in the Altrusa Club and also served for many years as the secretary of the Wisconsin Tavern League.
Ethel is survived by her daughter, Kathy Hoeft (Gary Long) Georgetown, CO; two granddaughters, Rebecca White (Rick) of Boulder; and Summer Long of Brisbane, Australia; three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, in particular nephew, Butch Oravez, who was like a son to her, his wife, Peggy and their family, daughters, Holly Westaby (Dan) and Heather Gilles (Mike), four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill; two brothers, Edward and Fred Klokow and one sister, Helen Young.
She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Wausau. The family would like to thank the caregivers at the Hospice Care Center and also the caring people at Golden West in Boulder, CO.
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Mar. 17, 2013