THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Audrey A. Piper
Issue Date: March 7, 2018
Audrey A. (Kramer) Piper, 85, passed away Friday evening, March 2, 2018, surrounded by family.
Born June 25, 1932 at the family farm near Lena, the youngest of 14 brothers and sisters, to Paul and Josephine (Matuzeski) Kramer, she graduated from Lena High School. She married Earl Piper on June 23, 1951 at St. Charles (now St. Anne's) Catholic Church in Lena.
She worked in the Oconto Falls High School cafeteria for six years and retired as a clerk from the Oconto Falls Post Office after 24 years. A member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and Altar Rosary Society, she was known for her generosity, charitable works and was a recent recipient of the H.P. Heckendorf Community Service Award for community service and volunteering.
She attended the Ice Bowl in 1967 cheering for the Packers. She supported the Steven Drees Foundation for active servicemen, books for kids distributed through Rainbow House and recently donated 350 dolls to children in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
She is survived by her three children and their spouses: Janet (Dave) Delvoye, Patrice (Randall) Siefert and Jeffrey (Karen) Piper; four grandchildren; three sisters, Madeline "Manny" Kobes, Charity "Cherry" (Charles) Kroeger and Margaret Wesling; special niece, Dolores "Lala" Redding Hansen; special niece and Goddaughter, Deborah Wilson; two special nephews, Curt Kroger and Mark Kramer, who were supportive of her; many other treasured nieces; nephews and cousins and special neighbors, Tony and Shelby Neta.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard (Ella) Kramer, Anthony (Norma) Kramer, Bernard (Maybelle) Kramer and Charles (Irene) Kramer; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dolores (Kenneth) Brown, Robert Wesling, Martha (Joseph) Bintz, Katherine (Jerome) McGowan, Melvin Kobes, Irene Redding, Mary Sinacola and Theresa Severa; in-laws, Everett and Elna Piper and her husband's sisters and their spouses, Lucille (Milton) Blahnik and Carol (Harvey) Jossie.
Visitation was held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Oconto Falls on Tuesday, March 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Rev. Fr. Joel Sember officiated with burial in the Church cemetery. Memorials are preferred to K9s for Warriors, the Oconto Falls Fire Department or St. Anthony's Catholic Church.