Vicki Jean Jentz was called to the waiting arms of her Lord and Savior on Thursday evening, March 24, 2016, surrounded by her family. Vicki was 63 and had struggled with an aggressive cancer for two years. She was born in Appleton on July 5, 1952, daughter of the late Lester and Dorothy (Schroeder) Warning. A 1970 graduate of Hortonville High School, she quickly found work at the former Aid Association for Lutherans, now known as Thrivent. She worked at Thrivent for twenty-eight years in all, having taken some time off for the birth of her boys, and retired in 2012. On July 17 of 1971, she and her high school sweetheart Bob Jentz, married at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hortonville.
Vicki had more recently been a faithful member of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Greenville, enjoyed time at the family's cabin near Aniwa, and shopping for antiques. For over twenty years, she and Bob were annual visitors to Rhinelander's Hodag Music Festival – they never missed it! Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends. She will be remembered by all as a generous woman who always had time for others. Many knew her as their “go-to” person when they had a problem or concern. Her caring way, comforting manner, and sympathetic ear endeared her to many.
She will be missed by her loving husband: Robert Jentz of Appleton; two sons: Brian Jentz of Appleton and Brad Jentz of Grand Chute; a granddaughter: Taylor Jentz; a sister and two brothers: Nancy (Dave) Gosse of Mercer; Roger (Cindy) Warning of Hortonville; and Randy (Lori) Warning of Hortonville; three brothers-in-law: Dan (Lesly) Jentz of Barrington, Illinois; Mark (Pam) Jentz of Appleton; and Jerry McKeever of Hortonville; her mother-in-law: Elaine Jentz of Appleton; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Vicki was preceded in death by her parents, her son Benjamin in 1986, a sister Sandy McKeever in 2005, and her father-in-law Harlon Jentz in 2006, and her beloved Labrador companion, Cheyenne.
The Christian Memorial Service for Vicki will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at IMMANUEL EV. LUTHERAN CHUCH, W7265 School Road in Greenville, with Rev. John Qualmann officiating. Entombment will be in Highland Memorial Park. Family and friends are invited to gather at the church on Saturday, April 2, from 1:00 PM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Vicki's name.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to all of Vicki's caregivers who have kept her comfortable during her illness. They include Dr. Baskaya and the staff of UW Madison, Dr. Timothy Goggins, Dr. Sara Meiers, and the staff at Fox Valley Hematology and Oncology, Dr. Kohl and the staff at St. Elizabeth Radiation and Oncology, and the staff of Affinity Health Rehabilitation Services. We will never forget your love and compassion.
Vicki was a loving wife, mother, and sister. Those who loved her will miss her dearly, but are also comforted knowing that she is with Jesus as this Easter morning breaks.