Saturday, October 25, 2008

Josephine A. Niesen

Josephine A. Niesen, 83, died in Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints on Saturday, October 25, 2008, surrounded by her family. She was born in Racine on August 6, 1925, the daughter of the late Alvin and Rose Marie (Nee: Callanan) Troestler.

On April 30, 1948, she was united in marriage to Gregory Niesen who preceded her in death on January 17, 1973. She was a graduate of St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing. Mrs. Niesen was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and was a past vice- president of the St. Cecelia Society and was most recently a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church where she served on the Welcoming Committee and was a Eucharistic Minister. She was a Girl Scout Leader and Cub Scout Den Mother. She enjoyed cross-stitching, crossword puzzles, dancing and was an avid bowler.

Surviving are her children; Rose Marie (Robert) Omahne of Kiawah Island, SC, Barbara June of Milwaukee, Gregory Niesen Jr., Jerry (Rainy) Niesen all of Racine, Mark (Judy) Niesen of New Berlin, Carol (Joseph) Spranger of Racine, Thomas (Ann Mikutis) Niesen of Kenosha; 15 grandchildren Jennifer, Laura (Dave), Russell, Matthew, Lindsay, Alex, Hannah, Brian, Amy, Tommy, Jason, David, Kristen (Larry), Kurt (Jennifer), and Kerrie (Brett); 8 great-grandchildren, Madison, Waverly, Bailey, Kelsey, Cameron, Jasper, Tillie and Keylie; sisters Petie Quam of Minocqua, Valery Roedema of Racine, Rosemary (William) Hugasian of Auburn, CA;, and brother David (Patricia) Troestler of Racine. Her nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends further survive Mrs. Niesen.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law LaVerne Niesen and two brothers, William and Alvin Troestler.

Relatives and friends are asked to meet at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., at 11 a.m., on Thursday, October 30, for her funeral mass with Rev. William J. Dietzler officiating. Visitation will be in the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the mass. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials have been suggested to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.

Mrs. Niesen would like to thank her seven children for their love, care and compassion.

4600 County Line Rd., Racine (262)552-9000

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