LAKE, ILL./ WAUKESHA
Marie Ruhe (Altmann) Netzow
Oct. 31, 1940 – Dec. 30, 2012
Marie Ruhe (Altmann) Netzow was born Oct. 31, 1940, to adoring parents
Richard Ruhe and Kathleen Wood Ruhe in Tampa, Fla. She entered into
eternal life Saturday, Dec. 30, 2012. Marie entertained hotel guests all
over the country until her parents bought the Hotel Chilton in Chilton.
Hotel Chilton was a favorite stop for Packers fans on game weekends and it
was here that Marie began her lifelong devotion to the Green Bay Packers.
Marie attended Chilton High School (Class of 1958), where she made
lifelong friends. She met and married Robert Altmann in 1963 and they
proceeded to pack a trailer with their two beloved horses and moved cross
country to southern California in 1964. Bob and Marie lived in southern
California for eight years, where their three children, John, Lynn and
Bill, were born. While in California, they became very active in the
program. Marie also began her love affair with Sweet Adeline’s at this
time and joined several choruses.
In 1972, Bob & Marie returned to their roots, and settled in Waukesha.
Marie worked a number of jobs, most notably as head of human resources for
Aldrich Chemical. She also spent many years doing HR for Manpower Inc. and
Centrifugal Corp. Marie joined Badger Bells chorus in ’73 and was
involved in many award-winning barbershop quartets: Just Desserts, Bright
Idea, Milwaukee Express and Company Best, to name a few. She sang for most
of her Sweet Adeline career with Crosstown Harmony chorus. Marie traveled
the country with Sweet Adeline’s and attended almost every international
competition with her friends, and in later years, with her daughter, Lynn.
Additionally, Marie was active in community theater productions, including
leading roles in South Pacific, Damn Yankees and Quilters. Marie was an
exceptional mother to her children and attended every football and soccer
game, and BMX and ski race. Their family created thousands of fantastic
and fun memories on Lake Superior skiing at the Porcupine Mountains each
winter. Bob and Marie divorced amicably in 1986 and Marie met her love
Paul Netzow in 1988.
Paul and Marie enjoyed many great RV adventures, silly mystery weekends
and traveled the world together. Paul and Marie spent years building their
home-awayfrom- home, “the cabin,” on Lake Ellen in the U.P. They
hosted an incredible number of family and friends at their little piece of
paradise. In 2001, Marie’s life was enriched when she was reunited with
her adopted son, Dan Nehmer. They quickly made up for lost time and were
instant family; they enjoyed many karaoke nights and shared a love of
music. Paul and Marie were in the process of building their dream home in
Stillpoint on Lake Glenville in Cashiers, N.C., when Paul died suddenly
and unexpectedly in 2002. Mom missed Paul’s companionship desperately
but exhibited her positive and resilient nature beautifully by enjoying
many “Girls Get Away” weekends at Lake Ellen, her chorus events,
and fun with her friends and family, as well as numerous trips to Seattle
and Sweet Adeline International competitions. Marie also got very active
in her Saint Luke’s Church community and took several volunteer mission
trips to New Orleans to help NoLa citizens rebuild after Hurricane
Katrina. Marie began to succumb to early onset frontal lobe dementia in
her final years and moved from her home in Brookfield to Avalon in
Waukesha, and finally The Fountains in Crystal Lake, Ill., to be closer to
Bill and Alli and their kids. Though Marie only spent a few years in her
new homes, she made many friends quickly, as this was her usual way. To
know Marie was to love Marie, and to be loved by Marie was a blessing and
a gift. We are all so saddened by her passing, but know that she had a
very full, rich and satisfying life. Marie eeked every ounce of joy and
laughter out of her too brief 72 years on the planet.
Marie is survived by a countless number of friends and by her adoring and
grateful family; her children, Dan Nehmer, John Altmann (Ashley Pryzbyl),
Lynn Altmann (Derek Voss) and Bill (Allison) Altmann; and her sister,
Nicki Eick-Smith. Marie is further survived by her beloved grandchildren,
Katherine and Jacob Nehmer, Gabrielle and Mitchell Altmann, Zoe Altmann
Voss, and Jackson and Bodie Altmann. She also leaves behind many nieces
and nephews and cherished cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Kathleen Ruhe (1986) and Richard
Ruhe (1996), and her husband, Paul Netzow (2002).
Marie loved her animals – be assured that her German shepherd, Chief, is
happy as a clam in Seattle and her cat, Phredd, is enjoying retirement
with his brother, Dorsey!
We plan to celebrate this magnanimous woman Thursday, Jan. 24, and all are
welcome to come share in our joy and our grief. Please visit
/Marie-G-Ruhe- Altmann-Netzow-tribute for details about the
celebration of Marie and to sign an online guest book.
We love you Mom. You were an amazing woman, friend, sister, wife, mother,
aunt, cousin, Nana and role model. The world was a better place with you
in it and will be a little less active without you. We will very much miss
your gregarious energy and boundless zest for life.