THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: November 1, 2017
Eileen Retzlaff, 89, of Oconto, passed away Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 at St. Clare Hospital in Oconto Falls.
Born Sept. 4, 1928 in Oconto, to the late Herman and Bertha (Delzer) Retzlaff, she graduated from Oconto High School in 1947 and worked for CESA in Gillett for 12 years and Oconto Unified School District as a bookkeeper for 22 years.
A generous person, she gave to the Humane Society, Oconto County Historical Society, all veteran organizations, Shop with a Cop, Bread by the Bay and First American Lutheran, sold tickets for Oconto High School athletic events for 36 years. She was awarded The Honorary Blue Devil Award.
She enjoyed bowling, golfing, knitting and watching the Packers. She lived in the same home her entire life, until moving to an assisted living facility in February. With no children of her own, she was a loving, generous aunt to many nieces and nephews. A lifelong member of First American Lutheran Church in Oconto, she belonged to the church quilting club and the Oconto County Historical Society.
She is survived by nieces and nephews, Bruce and Cathy Retzlaff, Randy Retzlaff and Kim McDonald, David Retzlaff and Julie Walsh, Scott and Bonnie Retzlaff, Rebecca (Retzlaff) Kelly and Charlie Malarz; great-nieces and nephews, Jenna (Eric) Osborn, Emily (fiancee Charles Seymour) Retzlaff, Anna (John) Wendland, Brody Retzlaff, Paul (Allie) Retzlaff, Brad Retzlaff, John (Erin) Kelly and Emily Kelly and many great-great-nieces and nephews and cousins.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Mahlon "Koke" Retzlaff, Eugene "Butch" Retzlaff and Paul "Bong" Retzlaff.
The family will receive relatives and friends at First American Lutheran Church in Oconto on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. until time of the Memorial Services at 11 a.m. Rev. Mary Zupansic will officiate with burial in Evergreen Cemetery. Gallagher Funeral Home of Oconto is assisting the family with arrangements.