THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: September 6, 2017
Violet (Kottke) Black, 92, of Crivitz, passed away Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.
Born in April of 1925 in Evanston, Ill., to Richard and Margaret Kottke, she lived in Niles Center, now Skokie, Ill. until moving to Peshtigo. She attended Crivitz High School where they built their home and farm on Kottke Road. She married Leon Black of Chicago, Ill. in 1946 and in 1955 they moved to Pomona, Ca. where she attended college while raising two children. After returning to Illinois, she worked as a research director for a publishing company and later as a market researcher for GTE.
She loved to explore and hiked on many paths with her husband, children and grandchildren. Growing up on a farm through the great depression, she knew much of living off the land and was a Master Gardener.
She enjoyed a simple life and found joy and peace in nature. She enjoyed listening to birds or falling snow on the porch at her home in Crivitz.
Surviving are a son, Richard Black of Terrebonne, Or.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and two angel neighbors, Elaine Kraning and Garnetta Lazansky.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leon; a daughter, Dawn Merrell; a brother, Richard Kottke and three sisters, Helen Wiebe, Margaret Sonne and Anne Plapp.
A private graveside service will be held at Pine Hill Cemetery in Middle Inlet. Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home of Crivitz is assisting the family.