Margaret Eileen Pethan
Apr. 15, 1939 - Jan. 10, 2018
New Holstein, WI
Funeral Service:
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
6:30 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Funeral Visitation:
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Margaret Eileen Pethan
New Holstein, WI

Margaret "Eileen" Pethan, aged 78, of New Holstein, died on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Willowdale Health and Rehabilitation Center in New Holstein where she had been a resident for the past five years.

Eileen was born in Richmond, Virginia on April 15, 1939, daughter of the late Edgar H. & Lena P. (Baltz) Longest.

She attended local schools and graduated from Manchester High School in 1957.  She worked at the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company, now known as Verizon for a few years following her graduation.

On December 26, 1959, she was united in marriage to Bernard Pethan at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Richmond; he preceded her in death on September 1, 2011.  The couple resided in Plymouth, Wisconsin for a number of years before moving to the Roman Pethan Homestead in Chilton, Wisconsin.  It was on this homestead that they farmed for 20 years and raised their family while tending to crops and their prized vegetable garden. 

Eileen enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables while on the farm and made delectable jams and preserves from the garden she tended to.   In 1995, they sold the farm and retired to a home on Shady Lane Drive in New Holstein.

In later years, she enjoyed sewing quilts, needlework and spending time with her grandchildren.  She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, formerly St. Charles Parish in Charlesburg where she had also been an active member of the Christian Women’s Society. 

She is survived by her children: William (Paula Bauer) Pethan of New Holstein, Jim Pethan of Brandenton, Florida, Ed (Linda) Pethan of Spring Lake, North Carolina and Sandy Pethan of Woodside, California; her grandchildren: Lindsay (Adam) Schultz, Alyssa (Isaiah) Freis, Brittany (Chris) Pryby & Eric Roberts and his special friend Victoria Anderson; great grandchildren: Samantha Schultz & Derek Schultz; her brothers: Jim Longest, John (Gloria) Longest of Virginia; and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Andrew (Valeria) Pethan, Arlene Kraus, Clara Hilt, Marion Olson, & George (JoAnn) Pethan.  She is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant daughter and brothers-in-law: Donald Kraus and Greg Hilt. 

Funeral service will be at 6:30 pm on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton.  Burial will be in the St. Charles Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

Eileen’s family would like to thank the entire staff of Willowdale for all of the care provided over the years and to everyone at the Calumet County Hospice Agency for their attentive care during her last days.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in the name of Margaret Eileen Pethan to benefit Alzheimer's research and care.
Rest In Peace my sweet Mother. You are now reunited with Dad and my sister Clara. You are now free as a butterfly. Spread that love as you do so well and I shall do the same. Thank you to all who befriended, loved and supported my mother - especially my sister in law, Paula.

Sandy Pethan (Daughter) - Jan. 15, 2018

To the Family
Sorry to hear that Eileen passed away. Many good childhood memories with the family & also as a classmate. Thoughts & prayers are with you all.

Gloria Drudge Smith (Classmate/Cousin) - Jan. 13, 2018

Eileen was always the quiet type but very pleasant and enjoyable. My sympathy to her family and may God bless all.

Jeannette (Schoolmate) - Jan. 13, 2018

Dear Paula, Will, and family,
I am sorry that I can’t be with you today. I am truly sorry about your Mom/grandmother. She was a very kind and sweet person. She certainly raised 4 great children with the help of her wonderful husband, Bernie! They are now together again.
Rest In Peace, Eileen.
Clare Bauer

Clare Bauer (Friend) - Jan. 13, 2018

Best Mom Ever! Thank you Mom for everything you taught me. All that is good in me came from you and Dad. I will always love you. Please say hello to Dad and tell him that we miss him. We are all fine. Rest In Peace my Sweet Mother. I love you.

Ed (Son) - Jan. 10, 2018

Will, Paula, and family,
Sending my sympathy for your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Judy Woelfel (New Holstein) - Jan. 10, 2018

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