Mae Poetter, 86, Beaver Dam

November 7, 2018

Mae June (nee Zeatlow) Poetter, 86, Beaver Dam, passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at her home.

Mae was born May 19, 1932, in Princeton, the daughter of Richard and Esther (Smith) Zeatlow. Her lifelong commitment of faith began with her baptism on June 12, 1932, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Princeton.

She was married to Herbert O. Poetter on Dec. 13, 1952, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Packwaukee. They became parents of Jim, Dick and Karen. After the death of her sister Mary, Mae and Herb took into their family her young niece Ronda and raised her as their daughter. Mae was devoted to her entire family and spent much of her time helping them in any way she could.

Mae was a member of St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam. She enjoyed her volunteer work at both the church and the Bethesda Fair for many years. One of Mae’s favorite hobbies was sewing plastic canvas projects and displaying her work at various craft shows with her daughter-in-law, Cheryl. She had the opportunity to go on many special vacations with Herb and other family members. After she moved to Prairie Ridge, she enjoyed the company of many new friends, both residents and staff.

Mae was always known for her friendly smile and it will be missed by those who survive her, including her children, James (Roxanne) Poetter, Richard (Cheryl) Poetter, Karen (Ken) Gertsch and foster daughter, Ronda (Dave) Thiel; her grandchildren, Kathy (Kory) Leistico, David Poetter, Michael Poetter and Kristen Gertsch; her great-grandchildren, Daniel Poetter, Kendall and Kayleigh Leistico and Madyson Zedrick; her brothers, Charles (Mandy) Zeatlow and David Zeatlow; a sister, Grace Yaap; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert on Jan. 28, 2006; parents; brothers, Edward, Lester, Arthur, Lawrence, Robert, John and Donald; and sisters, Edna, Evelyn and Mary.

The visitation will be at St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Seth Dorn will officiate and burial will be at Highland Memory Gardens in the town of Trenton.

Mae developed shingles and was in extreme pain in her last months. One of her last wishes was that others would receive relief from this painful disease. She never received the shingles vaccine, but would definitely advise anyone considering it to make sure they get it.

Memorials may be directed to St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam.

Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. To leave online condolences or for directions and other information, visit KoepsellFH.com.

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