Mrs. Lauretta M. Zemke

Mrs. Lauretta M. Zemke, age 95, of Merrill, died Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Lauretta was born December 4, 1915, in the Town of Corning, Lincoln County, daughter of the late Fredrick and Anna (Berndt) Krause. She married William Zemke on May 19, 1934, in Merrill. He preceded her in death on September 9, 1993. Lauretta was a very loving and affectionate mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. She was a wonderful caregiver to her entire family.
Survivors include one daughter, Patsy (Daniel) Pick, of Merrill; one son-in-law, Ronald Krueger, of Merrill; six grandchildren, Daniel (Tammy) Pick, Melissa (Dennis) Ruge, Sheri (Jerad) Schubert, Michael (Elizabeth) Krueger, Dennis Krueger, and Brian (Melissa) Krueger; seven great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Koehler and Bernice Teskey, both of Merrill; two brothers, David Krause and Fred Krause, both of Merrill; and one sister-in-law, Louise Krause, of Merrill. Lauretta was preceded in death by her husband, William Zemke; one daughter, Ann Krueger; two sisters, Alma Volz and Mary Ann Krause; two brothers, George Krause and Alvin Krause; one sister-in-law, Shirley Krause; and three brothers-in-law, Rueben Koehler, Donald Teskey, and William Volz.
The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 12, 2011, at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Merrill. Pastor Missy Holdorf will officiate. Burial will take place at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Town of Corning, Lincoln County. There will be no public visitation prior to the service. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill, for the care they provided to Lauretta.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Radio Ministry.
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