Emma ‘Amy’ C. Hetzel Keske (nee Kreidler)
Sept. 26, 1920 — Jan. 30, 2016
Emma “Amy” C. Hetzel Keske (nee Kreidler), lifelong resident of Waukesha, passed away on Jan. 30, 2016, surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Emma was born on Sept. 26, 1920, in Waukesha, the daughter of Bernard and Emma Kreidler (nee Kreidler). She was a member of St. William Catholic Church, the Christian Mothers, the VFW Auxiliary, the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles Auxiliary, lifetime member of the Women of the Moose and the Women’s International Bowling Congress and a volunteer for many organizations and causes.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Charles Hetzel; her second husband, Gene Keske; daughters Sandra Crawford and Judith Martin; sons-in-law Larry Martin and Mike Kaiser; sister, Lorraine Harmon Martin; brothers and their wives Larry Kreidler (Evelyn) and Fritz Kreidler (Charlotte); brothers-in-law Glenn Harmon and George Hetzel; sisters-in-law Hilly Keske and Florence Hetzel.
She is survived by her children Connie Dischler-Butolph (Duane) of Plainfield; Robert (Andrea) Hetzel of Ingleside, Ill.; Claudia Hetzel Kaiser of Show Low, Ariz.; Steven (Lynn) Hetzel of West Yarmouth, Mass., Theresa Hetzel Cotton (Ulrich Falatyk); son-in-law Johnny Crawford Sr.; her sisters Marion Smith of Phoenix, Ariz.; Bernadine Poppie of Hartford; and Kitty (Jim) Gilane of Hartford; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends, especially dear friends John Miller, Cassie Williamson and Brian Lee.
A special thank-you to her granddaughter Michelle (Shelly) Cotton for the car she provided to her grandmother the last few years.
Thanks to Julia Ellingboe (Cotton) for the help she provided along with Jane (Chicky Martin) Zylka and many other grandchildren that called her and visited with her and ran her errands. No words can adequately express the love their grandmother had for all of her grandbabies.
Emma helped whenever she was needed from the time she was a young girl.
She was never too busy, no matter if they were family, friends, or strangers.
After retiring from the county home, she became a nanny grandma to the Deremers, Hammes, Griesens and other families. She also worked at the Christmas Clearing house, solicited funds for the first Schuetze Building, was a den mother and helped many organizations throughout the years. The first visitation for Emma will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188.
The second visitation for Emma will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd, Waukesha, WI 53188 from 10:00 a.m. until the eulogy at 10:30 a.m.
The Mass of Christian Burial will follow the eulogy at 11:00 a.m. The burial will immediately follow the Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.