Marie C. Schoenwetter, 91
Marie C. Schoenwetter, 91, of Beaver Dam
passed away on July 18, 2008, at Cedar Lake Health Care Center in West
Bend following a lingering illness.
Marie was born in 1917 in Portage, the fourth child of Robert and Anna
She was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Charlie Funk; her
sister, Calixta; and brothers Robert Jr. and Cliff, all of Portage.
Marie graduated from Portage High School in 1934 and worked in Portage
until moving to Beaver Dam in 1937 where she was employed by the Wisconsin
In 1941 she married Howard Schoenwetter, who would later serve as
president of the First National Bank and Trust Co. of Beaver Dam until his
death in 1982.
Marie’s commitment to her community was clearly demonstrated through her
many volunteer endeavors.
Active in the women’s organizations at St. Patrick’s Catholic church,
she was also a member of the Red Cross Auxiliary, was a Beaver Dam
Community Hospital Auxil-iary charter member, was one of the first
"runners" for Meals on Wheels, assisted in volunteer activities
at Lakeview and the Manor for over 30 years, and worked as an election
judge in Beaver Dam until just recently.
Marie attended daily Mass at St. Patrick’s for decades, and cherished
her bridge groups, neighbors and the many friends who kept her socially
She enjoyed sewing, flower arranging and attending the many school and
sports activities of her sons and grandchildren.
Marie is survived by three sons, Bob (Kathy) of Glenview, Ill.; Chuck
(Shari) of Mountain Home, Ark.; and Dave (Katie) of West Bend. Marie was
also the proud grandmother of six grandchildren: Christopher (Jennifer)
Schoenwetter of Horicon, Patrick (Ann Marie) Schoenwetter of Baltimore,
Ned (Ali) Schoenwetter of Ventura, Calif., David Schoenwetter of Chicago,
Sara (Tim) Ginal of Chicago and Joseph Schoenwetter of West Bend.
Other surviving family members are her step-granddaughter, Melissa (Troy)
Boettcher of Columbus and step-grandson, Christopher (Teresa) Sawyer of
Horicon. Marie also cherished her five great-grandchildren and five
The family wishes to express its appreciation to the friends and health
care providers from Beaver Dam and West Bend who supported Marie
throughout her illness.
A memorial gathering will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesday at St.
Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 127 W. Maple Ave.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m., Wednesday with
Fr. John Schreiter officiating.
Memorials may be made in Marie’s name to St. Katharine Drexel Parish and
School or to the Dodge Health Foundation at Beaver Dam Community Hospital.
The Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family.
Online condolences may be made on the Web site www.MurrayFH.com.