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Caroline “Red” D. Mertzig

May 31, 1946 - Feb 27, 2024


Caroline “Red” D. Mertzig, age 77, of Fredonia, died on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at her home. She was born on May 31, 1946, the daughter of the late Raymond and Loretta Dimmer Nothem.
Caroline attended local schools in the Port Washington area. She was employed at Simplicity, Tecumseh, and Vollrath Manufacturing in Sheboygan. Caroline also was a bartender a numerous places in and around Sheboygan. She enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles, watching television, bonfires, garage sales, thrifting, and collecting antiques. Caroline also liked to spend time with her family and her beloved animals.
Survivors include her three children, TinaMarie (Christopher) Olig, of Fredonia, Guy (Angela) Mertzig, and Danielle Mertzig (special friend Gene Trimberger), all of Sheboygan; seven grandchildren, Haley Olig, Jacob Olig, Robert McGillisJr, Stephanie McGillis, Cole McGillis, Veronica Norton, and Nicholas Mertzig, and three great grandchildren. Many other relatives and friends further survive. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service for Caroline will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th Street, Sheboygan, with Chaplin Steve Cornelius Officiating. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home on Saturday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service at 4:00 p.m.
A heart felt thank you is extended to Compassus Hospice, Tracy “The Granny Nanny” Ostrander, and special friends, Jeff and Jodi Smith, for the loving, compassionate care given to “Red” during this time. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Caroline’s name. Online condolences may be expressed at

Memorial Service

Date: Saturday Mar 16, 2024
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]


Date: Saturday Mar 16, 2024
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



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RED was so sweet , her own women. Red liked what she like, and LOVED her family dearly!! God Bless all her children and family. I was lucky to get to see her a few times, she could make me laugh, no more pain

Gloria Endres

Red.... Sooo many great times....fond memories ...mention Red to coworkers always brings a smile and a memorable story about RED ... REST IN PEACE "HONEY"....🙏💕🌺

Susan (Nothem) Deal

My heart goes out to Carol's family and friends; you are in my prayers. Although we didn't see each other often enough, I love my cousin and wish her soul peace. I'll see you, along with Uncle Ray and Loretta, again someday at a heavenly Luxembourger family reunion!

Pam Straus

Red you sure were one very SPECIAL lady! I have so many great memories of us. You showed me so many different experiences that I never would had done! Red there will NEVER be another person like you . I will miss you but I will always remember our memories. There were a lot of your friends that were there to welcome you. PARTY ON RED until we meet again.

Robert J Hammerschmidt

Thank you for the memories. .

Jim Gilley

Always on my mind


I'll miss you my friend, we always had some great times. Too many to mention! Ride free

Kim M Kester

My dear sweet friend, I miss you already.. I'll see you on the other side.

Shannon Larson

My deepest sympathy.. Momma Red will forever live in my heart. Sending you all my love Shannon Larson

TinaMarie Olig