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Thora M. Zeitler

Issue Date: April 26, 2018

Thora Margaret (Augustine) Zeitler, 91, passed away Monday, April 23, 2018 at home.

Born March 6, 1927 in Marinette, to Phillip and Matilda Augustine, she was the sixth child in a family of eight siblings. She attended Forrest View Country School and graduated from Marinette High School.

Her dream was to become a nurse and she entered the Nursing Corp School sponsored by the military until the program was discontinued when World War II ended.

She met her husband, Kenneth Zeitler at a Halloween Party on the home farm and they declared their engagement at another Halloween Party. Several years later, they eloped to Wichita, Ks. to marry on Halloween, but had to marry on Saturday, Oct. 30, 1948, due to Halloween being on a Sunday with the church not allowing weddings on a Sunday.

They lived in Wichita briefly and returned to Coleman, where her sister Faye encouraged her to become a Beautician. She attended the Milwaukee Accredited School of Beauty Culture and returned to work at Eleanor's Beauty Salon in Peshtigo. She then returned to school to achieve her Managers License and opened The Skyline Beauty Shop in Monroe and also supported her husband Ken in business opportunities within several communities across Wisconsin, including Coleman, Kiel, Seymour and Monroe.

She was involved in many clubs, events and organizations, including 4-H, Women's Club, Naomi Circle and helped was in the the origin of the Altar Guild at Grace Lutheran Church, serving as President and consultant in later years.

With their combined love of church and children, they taught Sunday School for several years. She enjoyed ceramics, gardening, painting, reading, bird watching, sewing, event planning, was an avid arborist and planted trees annually, a love she carried from childhood, inspired by her father.

She is survived by two sons, Ken S. and Chuck (Gail) Zeitler; three daughters, Carol (Larry) Ruch, Nancy (Terry) Larson and Ann (Steve) Halverson and a daughter-in-law Joan Zeitler; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and four sisters, Violet Frank, Rosemary Risner, Melva Berth and Phyllis (Ken) Casper.

Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, Sr.; a son, Kenneth (Bud) Jr.; two sisters, Faye Winnekins and Hazel Hammett and a brother, Roy Augustine.

Visitation will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Monroe on Monday, April 30 from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastor John Tabaka will officiate, followed by burial in Bethel Hawthorne Cemetery.


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