Patricia J. Koehler
Patricia J. Koehler, age 63, of New Holstein, died on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at her home following a four and a half year battle with cancer.
She was born November 28, 1954 in Appleton, daughter of the late Orlando & Elaine (Bennin) Gebhart. She attended Stockbridge High School and graduated in 1974. Following her graduation, she attended the school of cosmetology. She was employed by Tecumseh Products and this was where she met her husband, Michael Koehler.
Patricia was united in marriage to Michael on September 8, 1979 at St. Martin Catholic Church in Charlestown. They began farming side by side in the Town of Charlestown, where Michael tended to the fields and Pat and the kids tended to the livestock.
When her children were younger, her cosmetology background came in quite handy so she could give new and lasting hairstyles to her children and husband. She also did a lot of sewing, keeping her family in finely conditioned articles of clothing.
She was a devoted mother, wife and grandmother who loved spending time with her family, especially, her pride and joy, her grandchildren. She loved to socialize with all those she met and made many close friends and acquaintances at the Fox Valley Oncology & Hematology Department while receiving treatments. She was well known for her warm smile, charming personality and her long and loving hugs.
Survivors include her husband: Michael; her sons: Jonathan, Jacob & Jesse (Amanda) Koehler all of New Holstein; daughters: Paula Koehler of New Holstein & Wendy (Daniel) Weiland of Chilton; her grandchildren: Hailey, Charlee, Christopher “George” & Titus; her brothers and sisters: Rosie (Tom) Mosley of Oakland, IN, Diane Gebhart of Menasha, Vern (Karla) Gebhart of Hilbert, Gary Gebhart of Hilbert, Marilyn Gebhart of Appleton, Barb (George) Franz of Reedsville, Dennis (Arlene) Gebhart of Hilbert, Tom Rausch of Randall, MN, Sandy Gebhart of Menasha, Darrin (Lily) Gebhart of Hilbert, Orlando Gebhart, Allen Gebhart, James Gebhart, Kelly Gebhart, Chris Gebhart, & Thomas Gebhart all of Hilbert; and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Judy (Fred) Kucera of Eau Claire, Donna (Thomas) Biernasz of Peshtigo, Thomas (Cheryl) Koehler of Chilton, Randy (Connie) Koehler of Chilton, Linda (William) Sperbeck of Fond du Lac, & Lori (Scott) Buechel of New Holstein. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws: LeRoy & Kathryn Koehler; a daughter: Martha Koehler; a sister: Debra Rausch & a brother-in-law: David Koehler.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Friday, December 15, 2017 at St. Martin Heritage Park (N3298 Cty T, New Holstein) in the Town of Charlestown with Deacon Dennis Bennin officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Martin Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Thursday, December 14, 2017 and on Friday at St. Martin Heritage Park from 10:00 am until the time of the service. A parish vigil service will take place Thursday evening at the funeral home at the close of the visitation.
Patricia’s family would like to thank Dr. Goggins and the entire staff of the Fox Valley Oncology & Hematology for all of the loving care and support that has been given to Pat as well as every member of her family.