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Paula M. Siefert

Jun 13, 1954 - May 11, 2023


It is with profound sadness that our family announces the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Paula Siefert (née Gotchy),on Thursday, May 11th at the age of 68.

Paula was born in Tomahawk, WI to her parents, Charles and Virginia Gotchy. Prior to moving to Sheboygan at the age of 10, her childhood in Minocqua included outdoor activities on her family’s homestead, shenanigans with her siblings, water-skiing, and picking raspberries with her Grandma.

She graduated from Sheboygan North High School in 1972. The highlight of the following year was the marriage to the love of her life, Steve. Paula enjoyed a career working for the Eastern Shores Library System, which included her joy of sharing the Bookmobile with library patrons of Sheboygan County and helping to create the magic of the Children’s Summer Reading Program. She was a proud member of the United Methodist Women’s group and served as an organizer of the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival. Paula was an avid volunteer for anything her children were involved in, often encouraging others to join, and was an event planner extraordinaire! She loved planting her spring flowers and summer camping adventures. Paula truly found joy in life and we were lucky enough to witness her contagious smiles and laughter, her never ending energy, and her positive attitude. Along with Steve, she created an environment that was filled with love, encouragement, and support, not only for her children, but for friends of her children and anyone else that came into her life. As her saying went, “There is always room for another seat at our table.”

Paula will be dearly missed by her husband of 50 years, Steve; daughter, Courtney (Pete) Bartzen; son, Matthew (Jamie) Siefert; grandchildren, Oliver and Eleanor Bartzen; and the newest addition to the family, Clayton Siefert. She is further survived by her five siblings, Linda (Doug) Hardesty; David Gotchy; Gary (Mary) Gotchy; Mary (Al) Jentsch; Sarah (Tim) Goetsch; Mother-in-Law, Marjorie Siefert; brother- in- laws, David Siefert and Randy Siefert; close friends and partners in crime, Janet and Randy Poirier; nieces and nephews; and numerous other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Virginia Gotchy; father- in- law, Wayne Siefert; and sister-in-laws, Katy Gotchy and Michele Siefert.

A memorial service for Paula will be held on Friday, June 9, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 623 Ontario Ave., Sheboygan with Rev. Cindy Thompson officiating. Family and friends may gather at the church on Friday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place at Lutheran Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established in her name. The family would like to thank the many loved employees of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center, Sharon S. Richardson Hospice Center, and the many family and friends that surrounded Paula and her family with love and support throughout the last twenty months.

Memorial Service

Date: Friday Jun 9, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Luke United Methodist Church [map]


Date: Friday Jun 9, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Luke United Methodist Church [map]



Guestbook Entries SIGN GUESTBOOK

Tim Carlson

Steve, it is with profound regret and sympathy. I read about Paula’‘s death. She was a beautiful woman and wonderful to be around. You must be heartbroken. I know I’m an old friend but I hope still a good friend. It just really jolted me to see this. Do you have my deepest sympathies if you ever feel like talking, please just give me a call. Jere has my number I wish you all the best Tim.

Liz Schepp

Dear Steve and family. My sincere condolences to all of you. Sounds like Paula was a fantastic human being. What a blessing that she was in your lives!

Jim Hoppert

I met Paula when I served on the ESLS board from 1989-1995. She was friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable: if you wanted to know anything about what was going on in the ESLS, she was your go-to person. My sympathies to her family and friends.

Mary Hinz

So sorry to hear this, we did have many good times in our backyards over the years. May you all find peace and comfort at this time.


Steve & family... my condolences to you on the loss of Paula. May you find God's Grace during these challenging times. Thoughts & prayers to all. Larry

Jane (Quasius) Thomas

Mary - my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this very sad time. I think of you often and have many memories of Paula from our younger years. So sorry for your loss. 🌹

Terry Roscoe

Our condolences to you and your family on the lost of Paula.

Maureen Wine

Paula was loved by all her friends at Green Lake Campground. She always had a smile on her face and was kind to everyone she met.


So sorry for your loss Steve

Vicki reschke

Loving thoughts be with you mary, and your family. I am so sorry. 💔

Steve and Nancy Hoell

We are so sorry to hear of Paula’s death. We are thinking of you and your family, and wish you peace.

Marcia Bahl

My heart is so saddened in learning of The lord calling Sweet Paula home. My sympathy is being sent to her loved ones as she was too young but perhaps she had gone thru enough here on earth. I am one of the SOMBAW members that used to meet to discuss library issues and she was a favorite of mine the moment I met her. She will certainly be missed.

Blake Sommer

To my good friend Steve, my deepest condolences to you and your entire family. This goes out to the Gotchy family as well. Paula was a wonderful friend and a great companion to Steve all these years. May you find comfort in these days and cherish your memories. God Bless You All 🙏 Your friend Blake

David Gotchy

A very beloved sister who will be missed.

Shelly Swift (Braun)

Thinking of you all!♡ My condolences! What a wonderful lady!♡

Lisa A Kraus

Sending Courtney and her entire family my deepest and most heartfelt condolences during this time. Much love and prayers to you.

paul stranberg

Been a long time Steve, so sorry to hear of Paulas passing, our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Paul & Cheryl S.