Gertrude “Gert” Joos, age 100, of Shawano (formerly of Clintonville) passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Shawano Medical Center.
The former Gertrude Theresa Kern was born on November 6, 1914 in Mackville (Town of Center, Outagamie County) to George and Agnes (Weiland) Kern. She grew up on a farm and learned the value of hard work at a young age. On August 31, 1946 she was united in marriage to Arthur E. Joos in Appleton. The couple lived in Menasha for a few years and in 1950 moved to New London. While in New London they were members of Most Precious Blood Catholic Church. Gert liked to volunteer at MPB School helping out in the library and with the lunch room. Gert worked a variety of jobs over the years, like waitressing in the New London area for some time and owning and operating a Wig & Gift Shop in Weyauwega for several years in the 1970s, but she was always most proud of being a homemaker. In 1977 the couple moved to Tigerton where they became members of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Her husband preceded her in death on August 2, 2006 and the following year she settled in Clintonville and became a member of St. Rose Catholic Church. In her 100 years, she saw some amazing improvements to our way of life. In August of 2013 she retired to Oakhaven Assisted Living in Shawano and joined Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Gert’s interests included sewing, making craft projects, growing beautiful flowers in her garden, and baking, especially her wonderful cookies and breads. She will be remembered most as a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a proud grandmother by her family.
Survivors include: five children, Marilyn (Paul) Tank of Hortonville, Leonard (Rose) Adams of St. Ignace, MI, Bruce (Diana) Joos of Philips, Charlene Miller of Pulaski, and Larry (Sue) Joos of Caroline. There are 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by a brother, Stanley (friend Shirley Hanson) Kern of Clintonville, nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends. Gert is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Art; a daughter, Betty (Jim) Neitzel-Vogel, and two grandchildren, Leonard Adams Jr. and Dennis Neitzel. She is also preceded by a brother, Vernon Kern, and two sisters, Colette Lamb and Althea Kern.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 24th at 12:00 noon at St. Rose Catholic Church, Clintonville. Fr. John “Jack” Mullarkey will officiate and burial will be in the spring at Most Precious Blood Cemetery, New London. Friends may call on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of mass at the church. The Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Clintonville, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent via www.beil-didier.com. The family wishes to thank ThedaCare at Home nurses, Kim and Kelly for their care provided. We also much appreciated the staff at Oakhaven Assisted Living for watching out for mom. Finally, a heartfelt thank-you to Unity Hospice, especially CNA Patti, Social Worker Julie, Chaplain Bill, and RN Leah for the love and support given to mom.