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Louella I. "Lou" Dettmann

Born: Sun., Mar. 23, 1930
Died: Sat., May 11, 2013


10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Sat., May 18, 2013
Location: New Horizon U.C.C.

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., May 18, 2013
Location: New Horizon U.C.C.

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   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. 

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Scott Buchel
   Posted Mon May 13, 2013
Julie I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I was very happy to catch up with you this summer, and enjoyed hearing about your family. Your mother was always so kind and gracious to me, and she was always your biggest fan when we presented our music programs. I count myself blessed for having been able to know her and your family when we were all growing up. I know your faith is strong and the peace that comes with that faith will always be enough. God bless you and your family.

Bonnie M. Heidemann (Backhaus)
   Posted Tue May 14, 2013
To the Family of Lou Dettmann, I would like to express my deepest condolences. I have known her for a very long time. First got the pleasure of meeting her, when I got insurance for my 1 st vehicle. How times flies. She will be missed by many.

Debbie Rochwite Lessard
   Posted Wed May 15, 2013
John, Julie, Norbie, and Ed:

The Rochwite Ladies regrettably will be unable to attend the celebration of Lou’s life on Saturday. We are hosting a bridal shower for Nancy’s Daughter from 11am-4pm on New Berlin, with 45 guests attending.

We want you to know that Lou touched the hearts of each and every one of us. She was a very special person and we will always have the fondest memories of our times together. We may not be there physically, but know each of you is in our prayers.

This proverb always has helped me when I think of a lost loved one. I hope it gives you comfort as it did me: “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. ~Eskimo Proverb”

Kim Hughes - Wilson Mutual
   Posted Wed May 15, 2013
Norbie - my deepest sympathy in the loss of your wife


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