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Patricia Ann (Bucholtz) Zellmer

October 23, 1930 ~ January 13, 2020 (age 89)


Patricia “Pat” A. Zellmer, age 89 of Peshtigo, formerly of Clintonville, passed away peacefully Monday morning, January 13, 2020, at Rennes Health & Rehabilitation Center, Peshtigo.

Patricia Ann Zellmer was born October 23, 1930 in Appleton, WI to the late Frank Bucholtz and Margaret Finnegan. Mrs. Margaret Bucholtz was then married to Arthur Raffin. After graduation from Manawa High School with the class of 1948, Pat attended Marquette University where she studied dental hygiene. She was united in marriage to John H. Zellmer in Manawa on May 19, 1951; the marriage was blessed with eight children. Pat loved being a mother, but she also worked as a telephone operator for over 25 years at Urban Telephone, Clintonville, and volunteered at the Clintonville Food Pantry. She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, Clintonville, where she was active until she relocated to Peshtigo to be closer to family. Her husband John preceded her in death on July 18, 1995. In her younger years, Pat enjoyed competing at the Clintonville Curling Club on both couples and ladies leagues. She was also gifted when it came to sewing, crafting, and gardening; she loved trying her luck at the casino, and doing puzzles. Pat was also very fond of her pet Schnauzers throughout the years, and watching any sport on the television. Pat will be remembered for the love she had for her children and grandchildren, her sweetness, and her constant smile.

Survivors include:
Daughters: Sandy Molick, New Berlin; Mary (Dr. Robert) Dennison, Marinette; Sue (Mark) Schwartz, Piney Flats, TN; Nancy (Kevin) Cegelski, Marinette; & Peggy (Paul) Steeno, West Allis
Sons: Paul Zellmer, Clintonville & Peter Zellmer, Hudson
Grandchildren: Angie Dennison, Nikki (Andy) Campbell, Kristi (Jason) Koenigs, Stacy (Dano) Sebero, Stephanie (Eric) Stauss, Amy (Austin) Recla, Hannah Cegelski (Alex Gressel), Kaylee Steeno, Jason (Kristin) Schwartz, Jim (Emily) Dennison, Matt Klegin, Taylor Steeno, Noah Cegelski
18 Great-grandchildren
Sister-in-law: Judy Raffin
Brother-in-law: Don Jirschele

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; a daughter, Barbara Nething; a sister, Mary Jirschele; & brothers, James Raffin & John Raffin.

A memorial mass will be held 11 AM Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2715 Taylor St. Marinette, WI, with the Fr. Celestine Byewaso officiating. Inurnment will take place at St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Clintonville at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Pat’s name are preferred to be directed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul charities.

The family offers their sincere thanks to all the staff at Rennes West, Peshtigo; especially everyone working in the 400 wing, for all of the loving care shown to Pat during her stay. 

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Clintonville is assisting the Zellmer family.

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Memorial Mass
January 25, 2020

11:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
2715 Taylor St.
Marinette, WI 54143

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