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Dolores M. Kettler

Mar 29, 1924 - Mar 11, 2020


Dolores M. Kettler, 95, formerly of 1801 S. 23rd Street, Sheboygan died on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at St. Francis Terrace in Fond du Lac where she had resided for the last 4 years. Dolores was born March 29, 1924 in Sheboygan to the late John and Rose (Scherer) Wisch. She attended St. Peter Claver Grade School and graduated from Sheboygan Central High School with the class of 1942. Following high school, she worked at Armour Leather Co. in Sheboygan. She then joined the Sheboygan County Office of Highway Commissioner where she was responsible for payroll and other accounting for Sheboygan County. After raising her family, Dolores returned to work in the offices at KW Muth Company. Her most rewarding work aside from caring for her family was as a volunteer at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan. She worked more than 2,000 volunteer hours throughout the hospital – delivering mail, working in admitting, as well as in the gift shop where she would often find “a little something” for herself and others.
On June 27, 1953 she and Robert Kettler of Sheboygan were married at St. Peter Claver Parish in Sheboygan. They enjoyed 47 years together and were blessed with two boys, David and Peter. Dolores was a lifelong member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, where she distributed communion and was active in St. Ann’s Christian Women’s Society and the Catholic Women’s Charity Club. While Dolores was devoted to her family and church, she enjoyed many friendships with relatives and neighbors. She could talk with almost anyone, anywhere and often gained new friends through her care and interest in other people. She thoroughly enjoyed “going to Club” and playing cards with her circle of friends and relatives. In 1957 she moved into the home of her dreams, one which was designed and built for her by her husband Robert. Dolores took great joy in keeping her house in order and in providing a pleasant home for raising her two children. Many nights were spent by the fireplace in togetherness with her family.
Dolores is survived by her sons, David (Susan) Kettler of Sheboygan Falls and Peter (Annie Melchior) of Barneveld, Wl; her grandson Paul Kettler of Minneapolis; and granddaughter Marie Kettler (Daine Sikora) of Stoughton, Wl; nieces Patti Funni of Forest Lake, MN, Sr. Sonia Miley of Fond du Lac, WI and Mary (Tom) Weinhold of Bonita Springs, FL; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her sister, Marion Miley; sisters-in-law, Laura Doebert, Helen Turner, Doris Kettler, Esther Kasten, Lorraine Kettler; brothers-in-law, Les Miley, Henry Doebert, Donald Kettler, Raymond Kasten, Otto Kettler, and Edward Turner.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Dolores will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1439 S. 12th St., Sheboygan, with Fr. Paul Fliss officiating. Friends may call at Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th St., Sheboygan, on Monday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. when visitation will be held. Visitation will also be at the church Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established in Dolores’s name.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at St. Francis Assisted Living, St. Francis Home, and hospice caregivers for their care and concern for Dolores in her recent years of life. Also, special gratitude to Sr. Sonia Miley for her personal attention and daily support.
Online condolences may be expressed at

For those unable to attend services for Dolores, the family wanted to make this tribute video available:


Date: Monday Mar 16, 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]


Date: Tuesday Mar 17, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church [map]

Mass of Christian Burial

Date: Tuesday Mar 17, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church [map]



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Jon Isselmann

Hello David, I am very sorry for your loss. The tribute video was outstanding and I can tell she was an amazing lady. Our thoughts and prayers will continue for you and your family.

Patricia (Justinger) Abrashinsky

Sorry to hear of Delores' passing. I remember Delores my entire life. My mamma, Ruth (Oldenburg) Justinger and Delores were friends their entire life, Delores was a wonderful woman...many fond memories of Bob and Delores.

Dave and Mary Dekker

Dave and Susan....and the rest of your households ~ We were sad to hear about your mom's death. Although I didn't know Delores, we know you, and we know what a wonderful son she raised! I know that her legacy will always be living in you! The Word says we will be one day "gathered with our people", and that "death will be defeated", meaning that we will never, ever have to say "good-bye" to our loved ones again. Never-the-less, we pray God's strength and comfort for you and Susan and the rest of your families as losing someone is always extremely difficult. We stand with you in support and care! Love, Dave and Mary Dekker

Larry E. Batterman

Dave & Sue, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She sure raised a wonderful son.. Because of this pandemic, I will not be attending today's funeral. Sorry. I hope you will still find comfort from all of your friends, even though they are not in attendance. Take care, Larry Batterman

Daniel, Karla, Imogen and Lilian Ptacek

She lives on in the goodness she has given.

Kurt, Lisa, Matt & Tyler Kettler

We will always remember Dolores with smiles on our faces. She will always be in our hearts, She was such a caring and thoughtful person. We will always remember her beautiful personality and smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. With our Love , Kurt, Lisa, Matthew and Tyler Kettler

Mary Novak

My prayers go out to the Kettler family. I remember Dolores from St. Peter Claver and Catholic Women’s Charity Club, such a delightful person. I’m sorry I can’t be at the funeral as we are out of town. May you hold memories of Dolores close to your heart.