Louella I. “Lou” Dettmann, 83, of the town of Farmington, passed away and joined her Heavenly Lord on Saturday, May 11, 2013. For the past three years, she was a resident at Beechwood Rest Home where she had been cared for due to her illness with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born on March 23, 1930, along with her twin sister, Louise, in Plymouth, the daughters of the late John and Althea (Laack) Brott. She graduated from Sheboygan Falls High School. After high school and prior to her marriage, Louella was employed by the Kohler Company in Kohler, WI. On September 24, 1960, she was united in marriage to Norbert Dettmann at Grace United Church of Christ in Kohler.
Together, Louella and Norbert lovingly raised two children, Julie and John. Later in life, in 1978, Louella and Norbert opened their home and hearts to Edgardo Carranza, an AFS student from El Salvador. For the years that followed, Edgardo remained in the states. Louella was like a mother to Edgardo as well.
Lou will forever be remembered by all who knew her as being a kind hearted, generous, loving and caring person. She excelled in her roles in life as a wife, a mother and a grandmother, and she was a truly special friend to everyone who knew her.
Lou was proud to be a member of New Horizon United Church of Christ in the town of Farmington, and she was faithful to God. She shared her time, talents and Christian based heritage with children and people throughout her life. She was always active in her church, helping with Sunday school, confirmation classes, and was a choir member.
Lou was very active with community youth groups. She organized and was general leader of the Happy-Go-Lucky 4-H Club. She also helped to organize and manage the Indian Princess Twirlettes baton corp in the Farmington-Kewaskum area.
Louella and Norbert owned and managed their insurance agency from their home in Boltonville. Their agency was the oldest active American Family Agency in the history of the company dating back to 1928.
Louella enjoyed traveling with her husband, her twin sister, and her friends. Among her favorite vacation spots were Orlando, Las Vegas and Europe.
Those Louella leaves behind to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 52 years, Norbert; three children, John Dettmann of Davenport, Florida, Julie (Mark) Wenzlaff of West Bend and Edgardo (Angela) Carranza of Duluth, Minnesota; seven grandchildren, Lindsay Wenzlaff, Jaymes Wenzlaff, Amanda (nee Carranza) Ballew, Alicia, Josue, Esperanza and Eliseo Carranza; her dear twin sister, Louise Hafermann of Beechwood, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Louella were held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at New Horizon United Church of Christ in the town of Farmington. Rev. David Schlieter officiated and burial followed in Boltonville Union Cemetery in Boltonville.
The Dettmann family greeted relatives and friends at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.
Memorials to New Horizon U.C.C. are appreciated.
The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum was entrusted with Louella’s arrangements.