Louise M. Fifield

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On Sunday, July 2, 2017, Mom rose up early and went to worship Jesus in person.

Louise May Hilsabeck Fifield was born on June 1, 1928, to Floyd and Jessie (Smiley) Hilsabeck at Amberg. Her family moved to Sturgeon Bay when she was young.

On Feb. 9, 1946, she married Ora A. Fifield, of Gillett, where they raised six sons: Timothy (Joyce), Harvey (Marilyn), Richard (Dee), Steven (Laura), Daniel (Joan) and Curtis (Julie).

Preceding her in death was her husband, Ora, in 1973, and son Richard in 2009. Also preceding her are brothers Calvin, David and Willard, and sister Lillian.

She is survived by five of her six sons, brother Delbert Hilsabeck and sister Sally Huff. She also has 20 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Louise was well-known for her cooking and baking. You just could not leave her house hungry. Sadly missed will be her specialties, raspberry tort and cinnamon rolls, as well as an assortment of home-baked pies and homemade bread. (She was an artist at these things.)

Louise loved to make all sorts of ceramic figures and give as gifts; from household items like lamps and knickknacks to wildlife figures like deer, raccoon and just about anything else you can imagine. It truly was her joy to give something of herself to everyone.

Her greatest joy in life was her family. She took such good care of grandchildren for whom she did babysitting. She loved the Lord and wanted to share that with everyone, especially the precious ones that God had entrusted to her. Her daily prayer time was spent interceding for the ones she loved. She repeated her desire many times to spend eternity with the children and grandchildren she had been given.

Louise was a longtime member of Maple Valley Community Church. It was here she took her children to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. She served the church as a member of Ladies Aid, governing board and, in times gone by, choir. She also loved to sing around the house as she went about her daily duties. Here it was that we learned that her love for the Lord went much deeper than just some religious act.

Our mother faced many difficulties in life. The death of her husband in 1973 left her with three of the six sons to finish raising by herself. There were always difficult financial situations and problems to deal with. But through it all, she never lost sight of who it is that held her very life in his hands. Even as dementia took her memory, as though to mock her, she never lost sight of the Lord she belongs to. We rejoice in the knowledge that she is now in the presence of the one she will worship forever.

We celebrated her release from this life on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. with a visitation at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring. The celebration continued on Friday, July 7, 2017, at Maple Valley Community Church in Suring with a visitation from 9 a.m. until the service of remembrance at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bill Krauss officiating. Interment followed the service.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com.

We are grateful to the nursing and care staff of Woodland Village Nursing Home of Gillett for their tender loving care. Especially to granddaughter Kristie for all she has done for us.