Merle Dobberpuhl, 91
Merle Dobberpuhl, born on Feb. 17, 1920, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, was
the only child of Anna and Matthew Scholzen. She passed away on March
23, 2011, following a second major stroke.
She was loved and admired by family and friends, and resided in
Cedarburg for the past five decades, following eight years in Randolph,
Merle married Albert Dobberpuhl in 1943, and cared for him after he was
disabled by blindness in 1957, until his death in 1990. They had three
daughters, Kathleen, Jeanne, and Ruth. Kathleen and her husband, Tom
Rathke, live in Virginia and have a daughter and a son and nine
grandchildren living respectively in South Carolina and Wisconsin.
Jeanne and her husband, Alexander Beddoe, live in California, as do
Jeanne’s two daughters. Ruth Dobberpuhl lives with her daughter in
Merle spent her life fulfilling her love of music, art, growing flowers,
fruits and vegetables, sewing, cooking, baking, and creating a home
filled with beautiful handmade items. Having spent her childhood summers
on Crystal Lake, near Plymouth, Wisconsin, and her school years in
Milwaukee, where she was a part of the first graduating class of Rufus
King High School, she acquired an equal appreciation for the outdoors
and urban culture. She greatly admired
Native Americans and appreciated all of the world’s people and cultures.
With an open and questioning mind and spirits, she enjoyed a rich life
and gained much wisdom.
She will be missed by all of us who have loved her with all of our
hearts. Family and friends will be contacted regarding a memorial picnic
this summer. Merle’s remains will be buried at St. John’s Lutheran
Church Cemetery in Jackson, Wisconsin. Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory
in Cedarburg is serving the family.