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Colleen Hoerth
Sept. 15, 1932 - Feb. 28, 2020
Chilton, WI
Funeral Service:
Friday, Mar. 6, 2020
11:00 am
St. Mary Catholic Church
Military Ave.
Stockbridge, WI 53088
Funeral Visitation:
Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Friday, Mar. 6, 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am
St. Mary Catholic Church
Military Ave.
Stockbridge, WI 53088
Burial Service:
Friday, Mar. 6, 2020
12:30 pm
St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery
County Road C
Kloten, WI
Vigil Service:
Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020
7:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Colleen Hoerth
Chilton, WI

Colleen Hoerth, age 87, of Chilton, died on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Homestead Care Center in New Holstein.  She was born September 15, 1932 in Stockbridge, daughter of the late Roland & Marjorie (Carney) Liebzeit.

Colleen met the love of her life, Clarence Hoerth, and after a bit of courtship, Clarence proposed in the most romantic way he could, topping the proposal with: “What a ya’ think?”  Smitten, Colleen said yes and the couple was married on October 10, 1950 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chilton.

She was a woman of deep faith, having been an active member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Kloten where she also belonged to the Christian Mothers and was a volunteer CCD teacher.  She currently was a member at St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge.  Her prayer life was such a large part of who she was.

Colleen was a great cook who prided herself on having breakfast, dinner and supper always prepared for the many mouths she had to feed.  She also worked at Brant, cooked for the Chilton Public School System and at the Chilton Village.  Colleen is well known for her creation of beautiful and delicious wedding and special occasion cakes for the past 46 years. 

She had a love of music and dancing with Clarence.  They enjoyed years of Polka and Square dancing together.  Colleen loved to be around people, too.  Whether it was the Hoerth family camping, family reunions, card clubs, corn roasts or picnics with friends, Colleen valued time spent with those she loved.  

Above all of the gifts of her life, Colleen treasured her 12 children and her family the most.  She loved to support all the activities everyone participated in, but she especially enjoyed the wrestling careers of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Her dedication to her children led her to be named “Mother of the Year” in 1990.  

As a tried and true farmer’s wife, Colleen gave so much of herself to make the lives of those around her better.  She was forever putting others’ needs ahead of her own and no matter how busy she was, her home was always clean, beautiful and full of love … some craziness … but always love.  

Survivors include her husband: Clarence; her children: Donna (Russ) Grunze, Doris Popp, Mike Hoerth, Lyle (Patti) Hoerth, Linda (Joe) Thielman, John (Sharon) Hoerth, Gerald (Michele) Hoerth, Gary (Lisa) Hoerth, Wayne (Mary) Hoerth, Kevin (Peggy) Hoerth & Tammy (Dave) Augsburger; a daughter-in-law: Judi Hoerth; 35 grandchildren; 54 great grandchildren; her siblings: Jim Liebzeit, Jerry (Lynn) Liebzeit, Carol Reese & Donny (Jeanette) Liebzeit; and a sister-in-law: Carol Buelow.  She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Colleen was preceded in death by her parents: Roland & Marjorie Liebzeit; parents-in-law: Al & Jennie Hoerth; a son: Robert Hoerth; a son-in-law, Layne Popp; 3 grandchildren: Kyle Popp, Nicholas Kleinhans & Adam Hoerth; and siblings-in-law: Lowell Reese, Dolores and Lester Roehrig & Ralph Buelow.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Friday, March 6, 2020 at St. Mary Catholic Church (Military Ave.) in Stockbridge with Rev. Michael Betley officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery in Kloten.  Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 5, 2020 and on Friday at the church from 9:00 am until 10:30 am.  A parish vigil service will take place at the close of visitation on Thursday evening at the funeral home. 

Clarence and the entire family would like to thank the very special staff at the Homestead Care Center and Calumet County Hospice team for the amazing, kind and loving care they provided to Colleen during these very difficult days. 
I just want to say I'm very sorry to the family, as I remember really liking the care Patti gave my Danielle in her in home babysitting she did. She impressed me with her care skills , and happy to be around, a nice reflection on her family, I'm sure. I'm sorry for your loss, Patti.

Linda Tipler (friend of Patti from long ago) - Mar. 9, 2020


My earliest memory of Aunt Colleen takes me back to Lake Winnebago. On Saturdays in winter, when there was no field work to be done, just milking the cows, we would venture onto the lake to do some ice fishing. We would chop the holes, set the tip ups, shovel an ice skating area, eat lunch and enjoy. When it was time to go home, I was running across the ice to give Aunt Colleen and Uncle Pete a kiss and a hug good bye, and fell in one of the holes! All hell broke loose! I was pulled out, undressed, wrapped in a blanket and in Aunt Colleen’s arms until everything was packed up and ready to go home. She always had plenty of those to go around. Which brings me to another thing she always had plenty of: dishes. Whenever we were there over a meal time, everyone got a plate, cup and a fork! Never paper plates! We are talking big families here. Amazing! A beautiful lady and many fond memories. She will be missed by many. I love you Aunt Colleen ????

Mary Liebzeit Enter Your Name (NieceEnter Relationship) - Mar. 5, 2020


My deepest sympathy to the Hoerth Family. What a wonderful woman! She welcomed everyone and so very kind! Many prayers & hugs!

Beth Stadtmueller Merbach - Mar. 4, 2020


I had many occasions in high school to visit the Hoerth farm, and one particular snowy night, we decided it was best if I didn't drive home, and Colleen made sure I felt welcome. She gave me one of Tammy's nightgowns to wear (btw, thanks Tammy) so I would be comfortable, and called my parents assuring them I was safe and warm. She always made sure everyone who hung out with her kids felt welcome - like it was our home away from home. Colleen had a great sense of humor and the biggest,
most generous heart, and I always smile when I think of her.

Annette Koenig - Mar. 4, 2020


I worked with her at Brant she was the most sweetist person. I remember the corn roasts and fun times with her children. She made my wedding cake. So very sorry for the loss your family has had. My deepest sympathy's to all the family.

Jenine Rosnow (Schroeder) (Daug of George and Janice Schroeder) - Mar. 4, 2020


What a beautiful tribute.

Colleen left a legacy of love. She was, is and always will be through our memories of her, an inspiration to all whom had the good pleasure of knowing her.

Colleen had a way of making others feel God’s love. She was a light into our dark world. She took the Great Commission for Christ to everyone around her. Her faith was evident.

Rest in peace Colleen.

Lord, wrap your loving arms around family and friends left behind. Help them through their grief, we pray. In Jesus name. Amen.

Carole Stadtmueller Martinco (Friend) - Mar. 3, 2020


Dear Colleens Family:
My sympathy and thoughts are with you. Colleen was a wondeful lady and a good friend of my mothers. They were the "Cake Bakers" of the county! I remember many times of the cake pan exchange or borrowing and being the delivery person. If Colleen was home we always had a chat if not the exhange was done via the porch!! Colleen was proud of each of her family members!
I'm sure the she's in the bakers association in heaven and the two of them are up to something! On a soft lazy day breeze I bet we can catch the whiffs of the awesome creations!!
May your family memories comfort you in these difficult times.....and we always know there will be cake waiting!!!

Respectfully,
Jamie Rozman

Jamie Rozman (Friend) - Mar. 2, 2020


Her compassion and understanding were gifts she passed to all that knew her. May her family continue her legacy . Blessing to the family through a much heavy time recently.

Troy W (Friend of the family) - Mar. 2, 2020


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