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Donna Lee Mortimer
July 29, 1931 - Jan. 5, 2020
Chilton, WI
Funeral Service:
Friday, Jan. 10, 2020
12:00 pm
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
54 E. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Funeral Visitation:
Friday, Jan. 10, 2020
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Donna Lee Mortimer
Chilton, WI

Donna Lee (Groeschel) Mortimer

Our beautiful Wife, Mom, Mother-In-Law, Grandma, Godmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend joined the Angels on January 5, 2020.  Donna Lee (Groeschel) Mortimer – Mom Mort – was born on July 29, 1931 to Marcella (Schneider) Groeschel and John Groeschel.  She grew up on School Street in Chilton and was thrilled when her little sister Marlene was born so they could have all kinds of adventures together.

She attended St Augustine Catholic School and then Chilton High School, graduating with the class of 1949. While she was in High School she acted as “Majorette” for the marching band.  Her love of band music continued throughout her life.  

She started dating “Johnny” – The Love Of Her Life – when they were Freshmen in High School.  They were married May 16, 1953 and were blessed to be able to celebrate 66 years of marriage on May 16th of this past year.

Donna was the “Best Mom Ever” to Paula and Grant and the “Best Grandma Ever” to Sarah, John & Lauren.  She would do anything for them, up until the very end of her time on earth.

She dedicated 44 years (Half Of Her Life!) to the State Bank Of Chilton. She loved everything about the Bank and considered them “Her Family”.  After her retirement, she looked forward to stopping at the bank and seeing her old friends, especially on Fridays, because “State Bank Has The Best Popcorn”.

Volunteering was a big part of Donna’s life. She helped at the Chilton Care Center, led the Rosary at St Mary’s Parish (Good Shepherd) and amassed an amazing 15,000 hours of volunteer time with the Calumet Medical Center (Ascension) Hospital Auxiliary.

She and “Johnny” loved to dance in their younger years.  They were two of the best “Jitterbuggers” around.  In later years, a slow waltz around the living room replaced the jitterbug.

Her faith was very important to her.  She was a member of Good Shepherd Parish (formerly St Mary’s).  She participated in Perpetual Adoration for years and led the Rosary for morning mass.

In her “spare time” she loved playing cards.  Bridge and Sheepshead were her favorites, but she could be convinced to play Blackjack during her many trips to Vegas with her friends and Paula.  Her “Card Club Friends” became “Lifelong Friends”.  She and John spent much time with them, especially Cyril & Jackie Schaefer.  There were many wonderful “Mortimer/Schaefer” family adventures throughout the years.  

It brought Donna great joy to cheer at the many sporting events, concerts and plays which her grandchildren, Sarah, John & Lauren, were involved in.  There were many spring softball games where Donna could be seen, sitting in a lawn chair in a winter coat, wrapped in blankets, cheering on the Chilton Tigers!

The Saturday Morning Jerry Schneider Show was always part of her weekend plans.  She loved music – from Big Band Music to Polkas to WAPL!  She even enjoyed her first (and only) Rolling Stones Concert In Vegas with Paula back in 1997! She loved trips to the Casino because “The Winning Is Just Beginning”.

She also loved “Beautiful Lake Winnie In Quinney” Sunsets.

Throughout the years she also looked forward to snuggle visits from her “Furry Grandkids” Michi, Casper, Buddy, Sparky, Charlie & Wallace. 

If there was a Packers or Badgers game on TV, Donna was perched in front of it, dressed in the proper apparel, complete with her football earrings.

Even when health issues slowed her down in later years, she kept her sense of humor and spunk!

The world was a much better place with her in it.

She is survived by her husband John, her children, Paula and Grant (Bonnie) Mortimer.  Grandchildren, Sarah Mortimer (Fiancee Jack Korger), John Mortimer (Special Friend Haley Irwin) and Lauren Mortimer (Special Friend Tyler Suess). Her Furry Grandkids, Sparky, Charlie & Wallace, Her S ister Marlene Endries, Sister-In-Law Sister Jesse Marie Mortimer and Brother-In-Law Gene Mortimer.  Godchildren, Chris Moravec, Jill Endries, Chris Schwobe and Holly De Arteaga. Nieces and Nephews, Jill Endries, Tina Catlin, Todd Endries, Pam Elmer, Paul Markwardt, Heidi Bogart, Jess Mortimer, Holly Dedering, Elizabeth Mortimer and Karin Kruithof.  She is also survived by many, many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John & Marcella Groeschel, her Father-In-Law and Mother-In-Law, Jess and Hildegarde Mortimer, Brothers-In-Law William Endries and Allen Markwardt, Sisters-In-Law Ann Markwardt  and Pam Mortimer and nephew Scott Endries.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 10, 2020 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (54 E. Main St.) in Chilton with Rev. Jon Thorsen officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton from 8:30 am until 11:30 am on Friday, January 10, 2020.  

The family would like to thank the staff of Ascension Medical Center, Father Jon, Deacon Dennis, Faye Wollersheim, The friends who sat by our side at the hospital and Wieting Funeral Home for their assistance during this difficult time.

“Goodbye My Beautiful Mom – Love You More

A Memorial Fund Has Been Established In The Name Of Donna Mortimer
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Another angel to watch over us. We lost a long time friend, a lady of great humor, wit, laughter, thoughtfulness, and Love. We share wonderful memories with our families that will always be talked about in our conversations. We sure knew how to have fun. Donna, I know you are now at peace, and will be remembered by the love you shared with your smile and kindness. God Bless~

Lynn(Schaefer)Degeneffe (friend) - Jan. 15, 2020


So sorry I couldn't make your Mom's wake or service, but I'm sure it was one of the best! God Bless your whole family and especially you Paula for making your Mom's life such a happy one!💕

Kathy(Kobriger)Muenster (Chilton Friend) - Jan. 11, 2020


Paula and Grant,
I am so sorry to hear that you lost your mother. I know you gave her and your dad much love and joy!

Edie Hertel (Friend) - Jan. 9, 2020


We are so sorry to hear about Donna's passing. It was always nice to see her friendly smile whether we ran into her in the neighborhood or out and about in Chilton (especially the occasional band concerts we went to).

Barb and Paul Hugo (Former neighbors ) - Jan. 9, 2020


Beautiful Lady inside and out. God Bless

David & Penny Hoerth - Jan. 8, 2020


"Aunt" Donna was my godmother, but like my sister Mary Shafer, I never knew she was not really our blood aunt until I was an adult. I remember her always sending me a "can of cash" from the State Bank of Chilton for Christmas, and cute pajamas for my birthdays. She and our mom (Laurie Nachtwey) had been friends forever, and I have a great photo of them dancing in their nightgowns when she last visited Ohio, maybe ten years ago, I picture them dancing in heaven, reunited. Peace be with you, Aunt Donna, and with the Morts as they mourn you.

Chris Moravec (Godchild) - Jan. 7, 2020


I am so sorry to hear the passing of Mrs. Mortimer. Though I am not sure I have met her in person, but I do know how my friend and classmate, Paula loves and adores her mother. From what I am reading about Mrs. Mortimer, I can't help thinking that Paula is so much like her mother. So my wish is that Paula and Grant (who I have known for a long time as well), are comforted that Mr. & Mrs. Mortimer raised two wonderful children who will continue her legacy. Job well done!!!! Rest in Peace Mrs. Mortimer

Pete Forstner (Classmate of Paula 1980) - Jan. 7, 2020


“Aunt Donna”, that’s how I knew her. She was my mom Laurie’s ( Nachtwey Schomisch) best friend for life. I did not realize we were nit blood relatives until I was well into adulthood. We did not see her much as we are in Ohio but mom made a point to visit with the Morts whenever we were in Wisconsin. They shared laughs and chatted like they were still girls. My
Mom loved her and we loved her. Glad we got to visit one last time a few years ago. I will forever remember the laughs at Klinkner Park w Aunt Donna watching us “grown up kids” slide and swing from her car. Say hi to my mom up there Aunt Donna! You two will be hooting it’s up with the angels.❤️❤️❤️
Paula- your mom will always be with you

Mary Shafer (Niece ( in my heart)) - Jan. 7, 2020


Dear Donna, how blessed we all were to have known you. Life is getting harder and harder losing so many great people which tends to make me think that Heaven is going to be even better then what I thinkin. I know that Mom & Dad were waiting with open arms to welcome you in along with everyone else there including Dorothy, Mike and many others. The last two days spending it with your family left a great mark on me. John 's stories were so touching to me with the love he has for you and the memories we shared our my parents brought back so many younger years. Our bus trips were so much fun, we talked about when you were the jail inmate wearing the number 8765309 for Halloween. We always had fun even if we didn't win LOL Never will I forget the camping trip memories. Especially when Grant yelled "MOM" and you always came running. He would crawl up to the top bunk in the camper and I remember you always had to crawl up there with him. It was a challenge but you were the kind of pleasing person everyone will remember you for. Your neighbors have signs out on their windows for support , how special is that? Please know that your mark on this community will remain in our hearts forever. Please give my parents a big hug from all of us. You've touched so many lives here and your kindness will live on in your children and grandchildren as they will miss you so dearly. Thanks for being such a great inspiration to me. Until we met again, Love you, Ann

Ann Konen (Family Friend) - Jan. 6, 2020


Dear family, we extend to you our most sincere sympathy on the loss of your wife, mom, Grandma. She was a very beautiful person inside and out. We always enjoyed visiting with her especially when we saw her at the band concerts. My mom Lucille loved Donna as a special cousin and enjoyed talking with her and enjoying music, especially the Groeschl band. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

Tom & Linda Cullen (Cousin) - Jan. 6, 2020


I send my sympathy to Donna's family and trust you have many great memories to keep close to your heart. Peace and comfort to you!

Judy Woelfel (New Holstein) - Jan. 6, 2020


Dear John, Paula, Grant and family

So terribly sorry for all of you in losing your wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will surely be singing with the Angels above and watching over all of you here as you travel life's road ahead without her. Though she is gone her memory will forever be in the hearts of those that loved her.

Chilton has lost one of it's best and Heaven has gained a most loving Angel to watch from above.

May God be with you all today and the days that follow. Her everlasting smile will light up the heavens.

With prayers and deepest sympathy for all. Jane Barany friend

Enter Your Name Jane Barany (Friend) - Jan. 6, 2020


Oh what a loss our world has endured, but how the heavens surely rejoice with the arrival of dear Beautiful Mom Mort! I truly can’t think of a sweeter person! I also worked with Donna at the State Bank of Chilton. I only worked there for a short time, but gosh how she teased me “for life” for counting on my fingers! I suppose it wasn’t a very good thing that “a teller” wasn’t very good at math! Lol. I sure loved that lady! She ALWAYS had a HUGE smile to share and a tight hug to give! The love she gave all who knew her is a testament to the sorrow each of us feels with her passing. She will be so deeply missed! I feel so sad for Precious Paula and Handsome Dad Mort. For all of her friends & family! I know the loss of a Mom! Nothing will ever be the same! But please find great peace and comfort knowing she is in the arms of Jesus. That’s what has helped me through the years. Much much love to you all. I sooo wish I could be there to help celebrate her life and hear more stories of this Amazing lady! I will miss you Beautiful Beautiful Mom Mort!!!! Sending tight tight hugs!!!!
Lynn Kavajecz (Parsons) 💞

Lynn Kavajecz (Parsons) (Friend) - Jan. 6, 2020


So very sorry to hear of your wife and mom's passing. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God bless you each with his peace and comfort. This is

marilynlisowe - Jan. 6, 2020


My deepest sympathy to all the Mortimer family. God Bless.

MARY CRITER - Jan. 6, 2020


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