Doris E. Lochen, 82

Doris E. Lochen, nee Gantner, formerly Fechter, died on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Ivy Manor — Jackson at the age of 82 years. She was born on Aug. 29, 1930, in Belgium, Wis., the youngest of four children of Arthur and Katherine (nee Depies) Gantner.

Following her marriage to Andrew J. Fechter on Oct. 21, 1950, at Lake Church, they settled on a farm in the town of Trenton. Together they worked side by side on the farm, making it the largest dairy farm in Washington County at the time, until Andrew's death on April 9, 1986. Starting with their 25th wedding anniversary year, Doris and Andrew enjoyed yearly trips together until he passed.

Once the farm sold, she went to live in the house on Big Cedar Lake that she and Andrew had purchased years earlier in anticipation of enjoying many relaxing retirement years there together. She then married Joseph T. Lochen on June 25, 1989 at St. Augustine Catholic Church and settled in Newburg. Together they traveled throughout the country in their motorhome and other trips abroad. Joseph predeceased June 30, 2009.

Doris enjoyed playing sheepshead, crochetting, needlepoint, tending to her flower gardens, and watching and feeding all of the birds that visited her yard. She also deeply loved her family and really enjoyed all the grandkids. When struggles came from time to time, she looked to God for comfort. She always had a strong faith and a phenomenal ability to accept life’s changing and sometimes challenging circumstances. Her engaging smile, sense of humor and positive attitude toward life were present until she could no longer speak. Even in the depth of her illness, if asked how she felt, the answer would always be “perfect.”

She was a life-long member of St. Augustine and Holy Trinity (Newburg) parishes.

Survivors include two children Charles (Mona) of Oswego, Ill. and Sherry Fechter of West Bend; three step-children Sue (Kenneth) Gregory of Millington, Tenn., Michael (Jeanine) Lochen of West Bend and Lori (Jeffrey) Ertz of Waukesha; two grandchildren Andrew and Jamie Fechter; 14 step-grandchildren Brenda (Steffan) Contant, Jodi (Earl) Johnson, Terry Nyleen, Michael (Rachel) Lochen, Matthew (Andrea) Lochen, Elizabeth Rohde, Daniel Lochen, Alex Rohde, Rebecca Rohde, Amanda Lochen, Hannah Rohde, Jessica Ertz, Brittany Ertz and Gretchen Ertz; three step-great-grandchildren Koty Nyleen, Brandon Timmerman and Michael Lochen; one sister Alvera Wiskerchen of Hartford; brothers-in-law and sisters in-law Susanna Kloehn of Florida, Josephine Schmitz of Port Washington, Angela Schwinn of Loyal, Gloria (John) Hahn of West Bend, Joan Fechter of West Bend and Arlene Fechter of Newburg; and other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, husbands Andrew and Joseph, she was preceded in death by two brothers Ray (Beatrice) Ganter and Eugene Gantner, and brothersin- law and sisters-in-law Clarence Kloehn, Jerome Schmitz, Clarence Fechter, Elmer Schwinn, Evangeline Bohn, Evelyn (George) Kolbach, Edward Fechter and Renea Fechter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine Chapel in the town of Trenton with burial following in the church cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends at the Schmidt Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 p.m. until a prayer vigil at 7 p.m.

The family has requested memorials to the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin or to the Washington County Humane Society.

Doris’ family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Betsy Jacoby for her kindness and caring companionship and for taking Doris for a weekly car ride that always ended with an ice cream cone treat. Also, to Linda and the staff of Grace Hospice for their extraordinary loving care and to the compassionate caretakers at Ivy Manor who shared more insights into how special Doris was.

Online guestbook and condolences available at