THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: May 3, 2018
Gloria (Schwark) Cottrell, 84, formerly of Oconto Falls, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018 after a long illness.
Born in Taylor County, Wisconsin, to Charles and Clara (Pinkert) Schwark, she graduated from Medford High School and St. Joseph School of Nursing in Marshfield. During her rotation at Winnebago State Hospital in Oshkosh, she met her future husband, Gerald, and they married in 1955 in Medford.
While in school, she was recruited by Dr. Clyde Siefert, who was completing his internship at Marshfield, to work at Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, where she worked from September 1954 until marrying Gerald.
The couple moved to Madison where he attended the University of Wisconsin and she worked as an industrial nurse for Oscar Meyer and a private duty nurse. They studied the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses while living there.
After his graduation, they moved to Missouri where she worked in Kansas City at Baptist Memorial Hospital in labor and delivery and Research Hospital in orthopedics. They were baptized as Jehovah's Witnesses at this time.
They returned to Wisconsin, where she worked at Brown County Mental Health Center in Green Bay as director of nursing from 1969-1973. They also lived in Chippewa Falls and Osseo for many years.
She finished her career as director of nursing at Family Heritage Nursing Home in Wisconsin Rapids and he taught at Mid-State Technical College.
They had many friends and together they enjoyed camping, boating, fishing, traveling and watching the Packers, but her favorite was sitting around the campfire, talking and singing with friends. They especially enjoyed a cruise with friends to Alaska in their retirement.
Surviving are two children, Nancy (Jeff) Christensen and Julie Covi; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; many nieces; nephews; cousins and an aunt, Irene.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; a son, Michael; three brothers, George, Kenneth and Alan; two sisters, Hetty and Elaine, a niece Laurie, and many aunts and uncles.
Visitation will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 506 N. Chestnut Ave, Oconto Falls on Saturday, May 5 from 1 p.m. until time of the Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Her grandson, Michael Christensen will officiate with interment in Evergreen Cemetery in Algoma. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements.