THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Loretta Mae Lipp
Issue Date: October 18, 2017
Loretta Mae (Bitters) Lipp , 91, longtime Oconto resident, passed away on her birthday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Sun Valley Homes in Oconto.
Born Oct. 14, 1926 in Green Bay, to Henry and Mable Bitters, she graduated from Lena High School and worked for several years as secretary for the Lingelbach Garage, Oconto County Reporter and for Attorney, James Plier. She married Mike J. Lipp on June 14, 1947 and they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary before his death in 2013.
Her seven children kept her busy with being chauffeur for their many activities and she loved playing cards, bingo and bowling, but especially time with family. The couple wintered for over 25 years in Sen Benito, Tx., enjoyed summers camping in their Winnebago and fishing. The Fourth of July campsite gatherings of her large extended family at Way Dam will be a favorite family memory.
A lifelong member of First American Lutheran Church in Oconto, she was baptized, confirmed and married there. She was a member of Sarah Circle and was ticket chairperson for the church's annual Harvest Supper for many years. She was patience, kind and friendly to others.
Survivors include five daughters, Cathy Augustine (Philip) and Brenda Zimanek, both of Oconto, Marsha Hermsen (Robert), Naples, Fla., Carla Woods (Steven), Sheboygan and Gayle Hanes (J. Bradley), Deerwood, Mn.; two sons, Bradley Lipp (Marie), Oconto and Bryan Lipp (Lisa), Leland, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Beverly Hegeman and Barbara Eckes (William); a brother, Roger Bitters (Rita) and many nieces and nephews.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mike; two brothers, Byron Bitters (Donna) and Kenneth Bitters (Marilyn); a sister, Shirley Imig (Alfred) and a son-in-law, Kenneth Zimanek.
Visitation was held at Gallagher Funeral Home in Oconto on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitation continued on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at First American Lutheran Church in Oconto from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial was in Oconto Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials are appreciated to First American Lutheran Church.