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Phyllis P. Gaatz, age 99, of Wautoma, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Thedacare Medical Center-Wild Rose.
She was born October 18, 1918 in Portage, the daughter of Ernest and Sadie (Winchell) Pfeil. She married Harvey H. Gaatz on August 2, 1936 in Ripon. He preceded her in death on February 1, 2012.
Phyllis and her late husband farmed the family homestead in the Township of Richford for many years. She was employed at Speed Queen in Wautoma for 13 years. Later, she worked for her son at Terry’s Shoe Store in Wautoma. Phyllis was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Wautoma.
She is survived by two sons, Dellos (Joan) Gaatz, Redgranite and Terry (Linda) Gaatz, Wautoma; seven grandsons, David (Shelly) Gaatz, Bryan (Dawn) Gaatz, Michael (Sara) Gaatz, Patrick Gaatz, Jason (Jessica) Gaatz, Jeremy (Sarah) Gaatz, Joshua (Nicole) Gaatz; 11 great grandchildren, Zachary, Lexi, Bryanna, Maddie, Addison, Ian, Penelope, Harper, Harrison, Harvey and Henry. She is further survived by other relatives, friends and her canine companion, Mandy Mae.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in the death by her parents; numerous siblings and by three nephews, Dale Stelter, Duane Stelter and Dr. David Stelter.
Private family funeral services will be held at Leikness Funeral Home in Wautoma. She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Wautoma Union Cemetery.
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