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Joan Gruetzmacher

Joan M. Gruetzmacher (Kronenwetter)

Sunday, January 25th, 1925 - Saturday, December 7th, 2019
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Joan (Kronenwetter) Gruetzmacher, 94, formerly of Kronenwetter, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Sun Prairie. She is now with our Lord, with whom she had great faith.
She was born Jan. 25, 1925, the youngest daughter of Henry and Helen (Rheinschmidt) Kronenwetter. Joan was only a few pounds at birth and the sister’s at St. Mary’s Hospital in Wausau used an eyedropper to nurse her to health. She lived in the town of Kronenwetter until her father was elected Sheriff in Marathon County and the family moved above the Jail. After graduating from high school, she worked at Steffke Freight Co. and cared for her family until her father passed in 1957. She then married Robert Gruetzmacher, moved to Waukesha and had two children. The family moved to Sun Prairie in 1971 where she lived most of the remainder of her life. In 2013, she moved to live with her daughter in Coralville, IA. Her daughter’s family took wonderful care of her. In January 2017 her daughter died, and she moved back to Sun Prairie to live in assisted living at Hyland Crossing. The family wants to thank Hyland Crossing for their care, where Joan was the adopted grandmother of a number of staff. We also thank the staff of Heartland Hospice who joined in her care.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert Gruetzmacher; son, George (Julia “Jill”) Gruetzmacher; son-in-law, Kevin Schartz; and three grandchildren, Emily Schartz, Garrett Gruetzmacher and Avery Schartz.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Helen (Kevin) Schartz, and all ten brothers and sisters, Irene, Ralph, John, Gertrude, Ada Marie, Helen, Frances “Evelyn”, Lanore, James and Henry.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Mosinee. The Rev. Donald Meuret will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Mosinee. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee, concluding with a 7 p.m. rosary. Visitation will be again from 10 a.m. Tuesday until time of services at the church. Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at
Memorials, in Joan’s name, can be directed to the Catholic Church, or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 16th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, December 16th, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Beste Funeral Home
    611 3rd St.
    MOSINEE, WI 54455
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Paul Catholic Church
    603 4th St
    MOSINEE, WI 54455
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  • Service

    Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 11:00am
    Beste Funeral Home
    611 3rd St.
    MOSINEE, WI 54455
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    Rev. Donald Meuret
  • Interment

    St. Paul Cemetery
    Main Street
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Linda Blasczyk-Juster

Posted at 11:13pm
I have fond memories of Mrs. Gruetzmacher. She always made me feel welcomed in her Sun Prairie home. She even housed me the night before my wedding, offering soothing words and food for my jittering nerves and melancholy of leaving my home state. She aided me in putting on my wedding dress and getting into the car that took me to the church. She has a special
place in my heart and may her soul go be with God. Be assured that I will place her family members in my prayers during their time of sorrow.

The Heartland Hospice Team of Madison

Posted at 11:19am
To the Family of Joan Gruetzmacher, It was an honor to care for Joan on her final journey. You are in our thoughts today and in the days to come.
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