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Jean A. Retzlaff

August 24, 1941 — August 14, 2021

Jean Ann Mary Wallace Retzlaff, age 79 of Kaukauna, passed away Saturday. August 14, 2021, at home, following a short illness. Jean was born on August 24 1941, in Darboy and graduated from Kimberly High School on June 8, 1961. Jean married her husband May, 20 1967 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Combined Locks and was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish for over 40 years where she was an usher and Eucharist Minister for over 30 years. Her Love of her life was baby-sitting for many of her nieces and nephews. She was also an avid bowler and golfer who had a few trophies.

Jean was also a great biker – always waiting for Tim to catch up.   In all, she biked over 24,000 miles.  After the loss of her leg, the experts told her she would never bike again, but she proved them wrong by putting on an additional 400 miles. Nothing could slow her down. Jean continued to be also a good swimmer, and could out-do Tim in just about anything, including horse-back riding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and motor- cycling.   Tim could beat her at using the dish washer. And she accomplished all this after the loss of her leg!  Jean was a spunky wife but Tim could duck very quickly, however as Jean got better at throwing, Tim got slower at ducking. Jean was the greatest wife that any man could have. A great Packer and Brewers fan, Jean loved all of her siblings, nieces, and nephews. Though Jean and Tim had no children, they were quick to accept any chance to care for their nieces and nephews.

Jean is survived by her husband, Tim, who will miss her dearly; her sisters Barbara (Dan Smudde) of Palm Harbor Florida, Margaret (James Bahlman) of Appleton, and Lori (Bruce Mueller) of Crivitz; her brothers: Richard (Nancy) Wallace of Kaukauna, Boomer Wallace of Kaukauna, Steven (Ginny) Wallace, Michael (Judy) Wallace, of Crivitz, Jeff Wallace of Darboy, and many nieces and nephews.  Additional survivors include Tim’s family: Roger (Barb) Retzlaff, Janet Kimple of Oshkosh, Steve (Christine) Cumber of Appleton, and Cindy (James Wyatt) of Oshkosh.

She was preceded in death by her parents Daniel and Margaret Wallace; sisters Helen (Dale Marquardt), and Suzanne Wallace; a brother James Wallace; Tim’s parents Wilbert and Dorothy Retzlaff, and Tim’s siblings Gerald (Ellen) Retzlaff, Karen Young, Rebecca Cumber, and infant sister Vicky Cumber.

The funeral liturgy for Jean will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 19, 2021, at St. Katharine Drexel Parish – St. Mary Church, located at 119 W. 7th Street in Kaukauna.  Fr. David McElroy, O.Praem. will officiate, and burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Combined Locks.  Friends are invited to gather at the church on Thursday morning form 9:00 AM until the time of the service.

 

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Friday, August 19, 2022

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St. Katharine Drexel Parish - St. Mary Church

119 W 7th St, Kaukauna, WI 54130

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