Willow Mae Burzlaff, 83


Willow Mae (“Willie”) Burzlaff, a resident of Slinger, Wisconsin left our world on the 3rd of July at the age of 83 years, 10 months and 27 days. She was born on Aug. 6, 1929, in the Village of North Fond du Lac, the 6th and last child of Gustave and Josie (Lee) Erickson. She became a telephone operator for Wisconsin Telephone at the tender age of 15 while still attending High School. On June 12, 1948 Willie married Charles Koehler. They resided for short times in Tomahawk, Rhinelander, Appleton and eventually settled in Marinette. Here they raised two daughters and in 1964 moved to Brown Deer. She married John Burzlaff on August 6, 1972 and they moved to Slinger in 1978. Throughout Willie’s life, she spent many summers and weekends on the land her grandfather Daniel Lee homesteaded on Prairie Lake in the Township of Nokomis, Oneida County.

Willie worked many years for ATT/Wisconsin Bell Telephone and retired in 1986. She loved gardening and flowers, enjoyed watching the many birds and wildlife which came to their feeders, loved to bowl, read, crochet, knit and crafted many beautiful items that she sold at craft fairs. But most of all, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends, of which she had many. She was naturally preceded in her own death by her parents Gus and Josie Erickson, her brothers Daniel and Rolland, and her sisters Lelah Mickelson, Leita Jacques and Nilda Jane Walgenbach. Her beloved husband John survives her, as do her faithful daughters, Kathleen Sorensen of Hanford, California and Cheryl and Tom Jones of Tomahawk. Further surviving are her seven treasured grandchildren: Lon, Hollie, Brandon, Erin, Amy, Anne and Alyson. Willie also is the proud great grandmother of nine. She has many nieces and nephews and countless friends and neighbors who will miss her encouraging words, warm smile and quick wit.

The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (799 St. Paul Drive, Slinger) at noon on Saturday, July 6, 2013, with Pastor James Castillo presiding. The visitation will be held at the church on Saturday, July 6th from 10-1:45 a.m. Her earthly remains will be placed to rest in Prairie Rapids Cemetery in the Town of Nokomis north of Tomahawk. Her grateful family is being assisted by the Phillips Funeral Home of West Bend and Generations Funeral Home of Tomahawk. Her family wishes to express much gratitude to the dedicated staff of Kathy Hospice of West Bend.