Willowdean L. Reetz, age 82, of Clintonville passed away Friday, October 30, 2015 at ThedaCare Medical Center, Shawano.
The former Willowdean Lillie Remling was born on August 26, 1933 in Marion to Ervin and Alice (Binder) Remling Sr. She graduated from Clintonville High School in 1951. For a few years, Willowdean worked as a secretary at FWD Corporation in Clintonville. She was united in marriage on May 22, 1953 to Walter O. Reetz at St. Martin Lutheran Church parsonage in Clintonville. The couple made their home in Clintonville; they raised two sons and were lifelong members of St. Martin. Willowdean was a devoted wife and a loving mother; and the couple liked traveling by plane or motorhome to numerous states around the country. They also enjoyed spending many winters living in Arizonia. Her husband preceded her in death on July 26, 2010. She served as an election poll worker for many years at the Town of Matteson town hall. Willowdean always loved horses, going to auctions looking for antiques, making lots of corn husk dolls, and working in her flower gardens. She spent countless hours buying and selling Iris bulbs to grow the perfect color flower that she wanted. Another favorite pastime of Willowdean’s was going on bus trips to the casino to play bingo or the slot machines.
Survivors include her two sons, Duane (special friend Mary Beth) Reetz and Scott Reetz, both of Clintonville. There is one grandson, Samuel Oseroff of Philadelphia, PA, and one step-grandson, Michael Jordan of St. Paul, MN. She is further survived by two brothers, Ervin (Margaret) Remling Jr. of Clintonville and Ronald (Jan) Remling of Sheboygan; one brother-in-law, Gerald Reetz of Clintonville; and many other relatives and friends. Willowdean is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Walter, and a sister-in-law, Mildred (Rueben) Brantmeier.
Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd at 12:00 noon at St. Martin Lutheran Church, Clintonville. Rev. Christian Burg will officiate and inurnment will be at a later date at Graceland Cemetery, Clintonville. Friends may call on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. The Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Clintonville, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent via www.beil-didier.com. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is preferred to St. Martin Lutheran Church and School.
The family wishes to thank all the doctors and nurses at ThedaCare Medical Center, Shawano, and the Clintonville Area Ambulance crew for the excellent care provided to mom. We also would like to especially thank her friends, Diane and Coley Thede, for all the love and support that they gave mom over the years.