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Marcella “Sally” (Kohel) Schroeder

Oct 17, 1936 - Jun 28, 2018

Marcella “Sally” (Kohel) Schroeder, 81, Suring, peacefully went to her heavenly home, on a warm summer Thursday evening, June 28, 2018 at home surrounded by family.  She was born October 17, 1936 on the family homestead in the Town of Morgan to Theodore and Gladys (Sell) Gaertig.  As a young girl, Sally attended a one room school house, Morgan Central, and graduated from Oconto Falls High School with the class of 1954.  It was during this part of her life where she enjoyed driving tractors and having fun at socials and dances in Krakow and Green Valley.  As a young lady with dreams of city life, she moved to Milwaukee where she became known as “Marcy”.

Shortly after moving, Marcy fell in love and married Charles J. Kohel and they had three children together.  While living in Milwaukee, the couple worked together in the restaurant business until Chuck’s failing health forced them to close.  Marcy then went to work for the Milwaukee County Zoo in their food services while still caring for Chuck until his death in 1981. In 1994, Marcy found love again and married Edwin J. Schroeder and welcomed his son and family.  Following 17 years of employment at the zoo, Marcy retired with Ed to “God’s Country” near Suring so she could be close to her Mother.  In retirement, Sally enjoyed being active in the American Legion Auxiliary, the election board, volunteering at the local nursing home and being a devoted member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church even after Ed’s death in 2005.  She also enjoyed feeding and watching the birds from her dining room window and doing crossword puzzles.  Sally’s greatest enjoyment was when the kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren would come to visit.

Survivors are her three children, David (Ann Davies) Kohel, Steven (Becky) Kohel and Kathryn (Milan) Markos, all of Milwaukee; one stepson, David (Linda) Schroeder, Eau Claire; 12 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; one sister, Alice Leitzke, Oconto Falls; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, both her husbands, one brother Gerald (Elaine) Gaertig, an infant brother David and brother-in-law Gerald Leitzke.

Visitation will be held after 9am Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Suring until the time of service.  Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday at the church with Pastor Michael Paholke officiating.  Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery, Milwaukee.

Known by many names, “Sally”, “Marcy”, “Grandma”, “GG”, “Auntie” or “Sister”, she was loved by all who knew her and her grandkids thank her for the waffles.

The Kohel and Markos families would like to thank all the family members and many friends who supported all of them through these difficult times.  The many visits, thoughtfulness, prayers and food are so appreciated.  Special recognition goes to her niece Suzie for her giving of her time, so generously, while caring for Sally.  The family would also like to thank the amazing nurses from Unity Hospice for their compassion and guidance through these past three difficult weeks.


Saturday Jul 7, 2018, after 9am until time of service at Mount Olive Lutheran Church [map]

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Saturday Jul 7, 2018, 11am at Mount Olive Lutheran Church [map]

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