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Official Obituary of

Helen Martha (Zimmermann) Gotz

August 16, 1942 ~ February 15, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Helen Gotz Obituary

Helen Martha Gotz, age 81, of Marshfield, died on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at the House of the Dove.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 201 West Blodgett Street, Marshfield, on Monday, February 19, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Arturo Vigueras officiating. Burial will take place in Gate of Heaven Cemetery on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. and pallbearers will be, Matthew and Zachary Gotz, William Herian, John Gotz, Aaron Margetta, Benjamin and Jakob Gotz.

Visitation for family and friends will be at Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home, 1010 East Veterans Parkway, Marshfield on Sunday, February 18, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and also one hour before the time of service at the church. A rosary service will be on Sunday, at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Helen Martha was born on August 16, 1942, in Mt Horeb, Wisconsin to Benedict and Bertha (Vils) Zimmermann.  In 1947 her family moved to Switzerland where she attended grade school for two years before returning to settle in Central Wisconsin, and then finally, Marshfield in 1952.  

 She attended St John the Baptist Grade School and graduated from Columbus High School, class of 1961.  Helen and Ronald Gotz were married on November 25, 1961.  Together they owned Clover Breeze Farm, Registered Holsteins.

Helen always possessed a spirited attitude and was unafraid to try a new adventure.  She was one of the Associated Milk Producers Inc (AMPI) Girls and was instrumental in founding the Dairy Breakfast in Marshfield, (later known as Dairyfest) at the Parkway grocery store.  She was a co-owner of what is now the Winterberry subdivision in the town of McMillian.  Helen was also a member of the St. John’s Altar Society.  In addition to being a homemaker and farmer, she was a long time Avon Lady, delivered telephone books, managed rental properties and worked for years at her son’s store, GL Hobby.

Helen had many talents and hobbies.  She painted pumpkins and birdhouses.  She loved cardinals (not the baseball team,) the Cubs (yes, the baseball team,) the Packers, romance novels, dancing, music and took nearly as much pride in growing her flowers as she did in growing her children.  She was a tremendous cook and baker, insisting on never divulging her recipes and secrets.  

Helen and Ronald were married for 62 years.  They were true partners in life and on the farm.  Her children and grandchildren were a joy to her, but her love for Ron animated her days.

In addition to her husband Ronald, she is survived by five children, Brian (Marcy) Gotz, Van Patrick (Renee), Joel (Karen), Gretchen (Charles) and Angela (Russell Field), fifteen grandchildren, McKenzie (William Herian), Matthew (Rebekah), Abigail (Seth Pratt), Zachary, Staci (John Bieraugel), Benjamin (Taylor), Jakob (Vivienne), Sydney, Alyssa and Emily (Daschel), Laurel (Aaron Margetta), John, Leah, Maria and Peter (Field), eight great grandchildren, seven siblings Paul (MariLynn) Zimmermann, Karl (Cathy) Zimmermann, Mary (James) Weigel, Peter (Sharon) Zimmermann, Katherine Switlick, Henry (Alonie) Zimmermann and Thomas Zimmermann.

She was preceded in death by her parents Benedict and Bertha and her siblings, Elizabeth (Kenneth Soper), Benedict Jr (Geraldine) Zimmermann, Joseph Zimmermann and Bernard (Betty) Zimmermann.

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
February 18, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home
1010 E. Veterans Parkway
Marshfield, WI 54449

Rosary
Sunday
February 18, 2024

4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home
1010 E. Veterans Parkway
Marshfield, WI 54449

Mass of Christian Burial
Monday
February 19, 2024

10:30 AM
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
201 W. Blodgett Street
Marshfield, WI 54449

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