Born Nov. 5, 1923 on the family farm north of Lena, to Ralph and LuLu (LaPlante) Ziesmer, she attended Sunnybrook Grade School and graduated from Lena High School in 1941. She worked various jobs before entering college in 1943 and earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mi. in 1947. She returned to school and earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from UW-Oshkosh in 1955 and then a M.S. in Guidance in 1969. She retired from teaching in 1986 after 35-1/2 years in both grade and high school.
In 1971, she was one of only 30 Guidance Counselors in the State of Wisconsin to be chosen by the State Department of Education to visit West Point Military Academy to become acquainted with requirements for entrance into one of the national military academies.
On Aug. 26, 1947, she married Lionel Whiting at Lena Seventh-Day Adventist Church and they celebrated 58 years together until he preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 2005.
An active member of the church until her passing, she played piano and organ until she was 88 and taught children's or adult Sabbath School Classes until age 86.
Her family was her greatest joy, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she had a long retirement to enjoy them. A family tradition was dinner at their home after Church with 6 to 26 attending at grandma's and grandpa's house to discuss events of the week.
She lived at her home in Oconto since 1950 and enjoyed watching the beautiful sunsets and birds and the company of friends and neighbors. She enjoyed life and thanked God each day for her family and friends.
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne (Patti), Oconto, Lonnie (Linda), Green Bay and Ric (Kim), Sobieski; twin daughters and their spouses, Cheryl (Ron) Buechler, Crivitz and Cindy (Brian) LaBarge, Pound; eight grandsons; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Rachel Carriveau, Lena; a brother, Marvin "Bob" ( Linda) Ziesmer; many nieces; nephews and friends.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lionel; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Ziesmer and a brother-in-law, Denny Carriveau.
Friends may call at Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home in Lena on Friday, Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m. until time of a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Rick Binford will officiate with burial in the Lena Cemetery. A memorial has been established in her name.