Lucilia E. Habich, 95
Lucilia E. Habich (nee Rathke) of Appleton, formerly of Grafton. As
a child of God, she completed her earthly journey and went to her
heavenly home on March 8, 2011, at the age of 95.
Lucilia Elise was born on Jan. 11, 1916, to Herman and Ilma
(Wiepking) Rathke. She was united in marriage to George Habich on
Sept. 7, 1940, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton and was his
devoted wife for 70 years.
Survivors include her husband, George of Appleton; daughters,
Kathleen (Richard) Maronek of Appleton and Beth (David) Fritz of
Cedarburg. She was the beloved grandmother of seven and great-
grandmother of 17. She is also survived by her younger brother, Dr.
William (Eleanor) Hinz of Fredonia; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Luther “Lutz” Rathke;
sisters, Ilma Tews and Gertrude Rooney; step-brother, Elroy Hinz; and
step-sister, Marion Hanschke.
Lucilia’s life reflected her Christian beliefs and values which were
strongly influenced by her maternal grandparents with whom she spent
much time during her early childhood years after losing her father in
the 1919 flu epidemic.
Her passions in life were her love of God and her family. She was
always there to lend a helping hand, support those in need, or give
words of encouragement. Her happiest times were those surrounded by
those she loved so dearly. She looked forward to visits from family
and hearing about activities of her grandchildren and great-
During the years spent in Grafton, she was a member of St. Paul
Lutheran Church where she was active in the LWML, Altar Guild and
Lucilia was a talented seamstress, making many of her own clothes,
sewing for other people and doing alterations for a men’s clothing
store. She always had a garden, canning and freezing the produce.
She worked for many years at Fromm Laboratories in Grafton. After
retirement, she and George enjoyed traveling and moved to their
retirement home on Post Lake until health concerns caused them to
relocate closer to family in Appleton. Even then, her hands were
never idle. She knit and crocheted countless afghans, sweaters,
mittens, and caps for her grandchildren and church organizations
until her eyesight failed.
She and George were currently living at Heritage Woods, an assisted
living facility in Appleton.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 11, 2011, at 2:30 p.m.
at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 Washington St., Grafton. Interment
will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on
Friday at 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to St. Paul
Lutheran Church, Grafton; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Appleton or
Concordia University Wisconsin Foundation/Lutheran Hospital Nurses
Alumni Association Endowment.
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family. For online
condolences, please go to www.muellerfuneralhome.com.