Marion J. Hercules, 87

Marion J. Hercules of Grafton passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, July 1, 2011, at the age of 87.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 8, 2011, at 6 p.m. at St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church, 1375 Covered Bridge Road, in Cedarburg. A visitation will take place prior to the funeral Mass from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Port Washington.

Memorials of your choice are appreciated. Mueller Funeral Home and Crematory of Cedarburg is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit

Marion was born on March 4, 1924, in West Bend, the daughter of Leo Gonnering and Alma (nee Meyer) Gonnering. She later married Duane F. Goelz on Aug. 31, 1946, and their marriage was blessed with four children. After Duane passed away in 1974, Marion met Donald Hercules, and they were married on March 4, 1978, and she was honored to become a mother to six additional children and their families.

Marion is survived by her children, Mari (John) Dickmann, Mike (Cheryl) Goelz, Julie (Blaine) Dobberpuhl, Mark (Debbie) Goelz, Mary (Rod) Kohlhepp, Kathe (Mike) Lee, Barbara (Daniel) Brylow, Thomas (Jo Beth) Hercules, Robert (Renee) Hercules, and David Hercules; and brother, Peter (Dorothy) Gonnering. She is further survived by 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Marion was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Duane F. Goelz and Donald Hercules; as well as her sister, Ruth Guse.