THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Jeanne A. Kickbusch
Issue Date: February 28, 2018
Jeanne A. (Houghton) Kickbusch, 84, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at the Atrium of Kewaunee with family at her side after a five year battle with Dementia and Alzheimer's.
Born Sept. 22, 1933, the only child, to Clarence and Leona (Selch) Houghton in Manitowoc, she was baptized, made 1st communion, was confirmed and attended St. Boniface School and Church. She attended Lincoln High School where she learned to swim and enjoyed swimming her whole life.
The family moved to Green Bay and she took a mail order course for library aide and then worked at the Brown County Library in the children's department. She was proud of the dancing and acting she did with the early Green Bay Community Theater.
She met Willard C. Kickbusch at Rock Falls in Dykesville and they married in 1955 at St. Boniface Rectory in Manitowoc. They lived in Kewaunee and she was proud of the house they built on Second Street and the five children they raised there. She was saddened when they downsized to a smaller house on 3rd Street.
She hosted Birthdays, Christmas and many parties with lots of good food and was always looking at and trying new recipes. The fruit cellar and freezer were always full.
When the children were young, she babysat for people and worked at Schneider's Triangle for wedding suppers on weekends. She later worked in the kitchen at Kewaunee Memorial Hospital and then enjoyed working as a Library Assistant at Kewaunee High School in 1971, until retiring to care for her aging parents.
She enjoyed playing cards, games, puzzles and reading. She loved shopping with the "girls", going out to eat and the color pink with her pink phone and bathroom, but most of all loved her children and grandchildren.
Surviving her are her husband of 62 years, Willard; six children, Julie (Dennis) Adelmeyer, Oconto, Debra (Brian) Duescher, Ellisville, Michael Kickbusch and Thomas Kickbusch, both of Kewaunee, and Tammy (John Haines) Paplham and Patricia Weyenberg, both of Algoma; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Donald (Lori) Kickbusch; three nieces and special cousins.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by three infant children; her in-laws, Clarence and Gertrude Kickbusch and a sister-in-law, Marion.
Visitation was held at Holy Rosary Church in Kewaunee on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial with the urn present at 11 a.m. Pfeffer Funeral Home of Manitowoc assisted the family with arrangements.