Theresa A. Melzer, 68

Theresa Melzer, age 68, of Neillsville, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in the emergency room of the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville. Theresa Alma Doll was born on April 19, 1945, in Hartford, the daughter of Herman and Anna (Engeliter) Doll. She attended and graduated from Slinger High School in 1963 and later was united in marriage to Joseph F. Melzer in St. Lawrence. After they were married they built a home near St. Kilian. They adopted two children and Theresa stayed at home to raise her family. After the children grew older, she took a job as a financial analyst for Primerica Financial Services. She retired in 1997 due to her health. In 2006, they moved to Loyal while Lon Knoll was building their new home in Neillsville. They moved into their new home in May of 2007.

Theresa and Joe are members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville.

She is survived by her husband, Joe, two children, Jason (Dana) Melzer of Allenton and Nadine (Fred) Tetzlaff of La Crosse and three grandchildren, Emma and Jake Melzer and Fredrick Tetzlaff. Four siblings, Armella (Wayne) Dolgner of Big Flat, Leroy (Veronica) Doll of Hartford, MaryAnn Schaefer of Oakfield and Ginny (Stan) Griesmer of Franklin. Theresa is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Carol Doll of Germantown and Julia Doll of Natchitoches, La.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, Fredrick, a sister, Dorothy, three brothers, Herman, Eugene and Leander, a sister-in-law, Betty Doll and two brothers-inlaw, Albert Muckerheide and Granny Zweig.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Theresa will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. The Celebrant will be the Rev. Charles Hiebl. Music will be provided by Ronald Resong, organist and St. Mary’s Choir. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday at the Catholic Church.

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The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Theresa’s family with Funeral arrangements.