Louella I. Dettmann,
I. “Lou” Dettmann, 83, of the town of Farmington, passed away and joined
her heavenly Lord on Saturday, May 11, 2013. For the past three years,
she was a resident at Beechwood Rest Home where she had been cared for
due to her illness with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born on March 23, 1930, along with her twin sister, Louise, in
Plymouth, the daughters of the late John and Althea (Laack) Brott. She
graduated from Sheboygan Falls High School. After high school and prior
to her marriage, Louella was employed by the Kohler Company in Kohler.
On Sept. 24, 1960, she was united in marriage to Norbert Dettmann at
Grace United Church of Christ in Kohler.
Together, Louella and Norbert lovingly raised two children, Julie and
John. Later in life, in 1978, Louella and Norbert opened their home and
hearts to Edgardo Carranza, an AFS student from El Salvador. For the
years that followed, Edgardo remained in the states. Louella was like a
mother to Edgardo as well.
Lou will forever be remembered by all who knew her as being a
kind-hearted, generous, loving and caring person. She excelled in her
roles in life as a wife, a mother and a grandmother, and she was a truly
special friend to everyone who knew her.
Lou was proud to be a member of New Horizon United Church of Christ in
the town of Farmington, and she was faithful to God. She shared her
time, talents and Christian-based heritage with children and people
throughout her life. She was always active in her church, helping with
Sunday school, confirmation classes and was a choir member.
Lou was very active with community youth groups. She organized and was
general leader of the Happy-GoLucky 4-H Club. She also helped to
organize and manage the Indian Princess Twirlettes baton corp in the
Farmington Kewaskum area. Louella and Norbert owned and managed their
insurance agency from their home in Boltonville. Their agency was the
oldest active American Family Agency in the history of the company
dating back to 1928.
Louella enjoyed traveling with her husband, her twin sister and her
friends. Among her favorite vacation spots were Orlando, Las Vegas and
Those Louella leaves behind to cherish her memory include her loving
husband of 52 years, Norbert; three children, John Dettmann of
Davenport, Fla., Julie (Mark) Wenzlaff of West Bend and Edgardo (Angela)
Carranza of Duluth, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Lindsay Wenzlaff, Jaymes
Wenzlaff, Amanda (nee Carranza) Ballew, and Alicia, Josue, Esperanza and
Eliseo Carranza; her dear twin sister, Louise Hafermann of Beechwood;
and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Louella will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18,
2013, at New Horizon United Church of Christ in the town of Farmington
(1 mile northeast of Boltonville on Highway 144). The Rev. David
Schlieter will officiate and burial will follow in Boltonville Union
Cemetery in Boltonville.
The Dettmann family will greet relatives and friends at the church on
Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
Memorials to New Horizon U.C.C. are appreciated.
The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Louella’s
arrangements. Additional information and guestbook may be found at