Esther Paholke

Esther “Lois” Paholke, 79, of Gillett, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

Lois was born on Nov. 17, 1937, to the late Frederick and Evelyn (Petersen) Wolford. She graduated from Gillett High School with the Class of 1957. Lois married Allen Paholke on June 1, 1957. She was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hintz since 1957, where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years and a member of the Ladies Aid.

Lois loved to sew, crochet and make crafts. She also greatly enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were her pride and joy.

Lois is survived by her husband of 60 years, Allen, of Gillett; children, the Rev. Michael (Kathy) Paholke, of Suring, Randall (Pauline) Paholke, of Gillett, Annette (Douglas) Yanke, of Green Bay, Roger Paholke, of Gillett, and Carol Pederson, of Green Bay; a sister, Doris (Gary) Hischke, of Suring; a brother, Kenneth (Phyllis) Wolford, of Hales Corners; three sisters-in-law, Elaine (Claire) Hertwig, of Gillett, Sandra (James) Hanson, of Gillett, and Linda (William) Bublitz, of Lena; nine grandchildren, Adam (Miranda) Paholke, Aliza (Michael) Buyarski, Amy Paholke, Katie Paholke, Tyler (special friend Kristen) Paholke, Sarah (Jonathan) Christensen, Daniel (Rachel) Yanke, Mark Yanke and Casey (Sarah) Janke; 12 great-grandchildren, Mason, Parker, Evelyn, Henry, Peter, Ivy, Ezra, Zoe, Scarlett, Aria, Graycin and Everleigh; and stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, mother-in-law and father-in-law, three brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring from 4-8 p.m. Visitation will resume on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at Christ Lutheran Church in Hintz from noon until the funeral service at 2 p.m. with Pastor Paul Scheunemann officiating. Interment will follow in Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery.

A special thank you to the staffs of St. Vincent Hospital’s Sixth Floor ICU, Select Specialty Hospital in West Allis, St. Mary Hospital’s Third Floor ICU and Fifth Floor, and Unity Hospice for the care given to Lois. Further thanks to palliative care nurse Danielle for the compassion she showed to Lois and her family.