Clarice H. Theisen, 88

Clarice Hildegard Theisen, 88, of Campbellsport, died Saturday Jan. 14, 2012 at Ivy Manor in Campbellsport. She was born Nov. 8, 1923 in Nenno to Emil and Mary Berg Moser. She attended St. Peter and Paul grade school, and received her secondary education at St. Joseph’s Convent in Milwaukee. During World War II, Clarice worked for Badger Meter manufacturing defense materials.

On July 7, 1948 she married Herman Theisen, fulfilling her dream of marrying a farmer. They farmed together in Campbellsport until retirement in 1980. Clarice loved farming, gardening and raising her nine children. She was a wonderful cook and hosted countless large gatherings for family and friends. Everyone always felt welcome to visit and stay for dinner. Even on her deathbed she said she wished she could cook us all a nice dinner.

Clarice enjoyed having a big family, especially as her nine children expanded to add 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She and Herman continued living on the family farm after retirement. Together they enjoyed many years of bowling and card playing. After Herman’s stroke, she courageously cared for him for several years until his death.

Clarice throughout her life maintained a deep and abiding faith. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Church in Campbellsport and was involved in Christian Women Society and the prayer network, among other parish activities.

Survivors include Clarice’s nine children: Joe of Greenville, Dick of Appleton, Harry (Joanne) of Campbellsport, Jeanne (Jerry) Russell of Columbus, Denny (Mary) of Campbellsport, Mary (Steve) Wolf of Allenton, Beth (Roy) Aycock of Kewaskum, Tom (Kathy) of Fond du Lac, and Kathy (Nick) Beerntsen of Oregon, Wis. She is also survived by her 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, as well as her sisters Dolores (Leo) Bodden, Veronica Gindt, Mary Rose Thull, Margie (Allen) Konrath. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Theisen; two brothers, Victor Moser and Gilbert Moser; three sisters, Valeria Wolf, Janet Moser, and Betty Ann Moser; sisters-in-law Cyrilla Moser, Lucina Moser, Marcella Ziegelbauer, Florence Emmer, Irene Heinecke, and Marian Theisen; and brothers-in-law Ewald Wolf, Edmund Thull, Gilbert Gindt, Leo Theisen, Art Theisen, Philip Heinecke, Roman Emmer, and John Ziegelbauer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Church in Campbellsport. Rev. Neil Zinthefer will officiate and family burial services will be Thursday at the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 3-7 p.m. at the Twohig Funeral Home, 109 W. Main St., Campbellsport. Memorials are appreciated to either St. Matthew’s School or the ALS Society.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all the caregivers at Ivy Manor and from Heartland Hospice, as well as Dr. Tom Fabricius and Patti Hayes, and the ALS Society Loan Closet.

Twohig Funeral Home Campbellsport is serving the family with online guestbook and condolences are at www.twohigfunerals.com.