Katherine Marie “Katie” Marquardt (Keddell), age 87, of Neenah, took her peaceful last breath on the morning of May 2nd, 2020 at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee. Katie was born February 25th, 1933 to the late James and Grace (Felzer) Keddell. Katie married her first husband, Ernest Martzahl, and was blessed with three sons. She married her second husband, the love of her life, Lyle Marquardt, on July 10th, 1959, and their doting union added two sons and a daughter to the family. Katie dedicated her life to serving her family, first by raising many of her siblings, and then by raising children of her own. She worked as a cook at the Neenah-famous Bradke’s restaurant, and bartended throughout the valley. Katie is remembered for her hard-headed but goofy personality. She could make anyone smile with her silly antics, and shared many belly-laughs with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed the company of her loved ones, especially when the company came to her.
Katie is survived by her affectionate, devoted husband of 60 years, Lyle, their three children Randy (Danelle) Marquardt, Rick Marquardt and Kim Marquardt, sons Steve (Jane) Martzahl, Ron Martzahl and Jim Martzahl, Grandchildren Veronica Martzahl (Eric), Andrea Staum (Kevin), Todd Martzahl (Missy), Tosha Martzahl-Shanahan (Troy), Ron and Fallon Marquardt, Kaila Carwin (significant other, Stephen), Jordan, Brooke, Nicole and Trevor Marquardt and all of their children, Katie’s great-grandchildren, two sister’s-in-law and many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Grace (Felzer) Keddell, and each of her siblings, Jenny, Violet, Dorothy, Barbara, Tom, Art, Floyd, Kenny, Donald and Clyde.
Katie’s life will be celebrated with a private family service at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Menasha. To read an extended version of her obituary and express online condolences, please visit: www.kesslerfh.com.
Katie’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the medical staff at Columbia St. Mary’s Burn-Unit in Milwaukee for their care in providing comfort for Katie in her last days. Special thank you’s are extended to Dr. Meyer, Nurses Sam and Tammi, and especially to Nurse Matt who cared for Katie until her last moments, and showed true compassion and built a connection of communication with members of Katie’s family.
Katie’s wishes to live-out the rest of her life in her home were fulfilled by her son Randy and daughter Kim, when they devoted much of their time to the care and concerns of their parents. Katie was truly loved by those she chose to surround herself with, and she will be exceptionally missed. Katie will live on in the hearts of her friends and family.
Katie’s son, Ron, expressed the love he shared with his mother through his written words:
I am so sorry.
Sorry that I wasn’t all that I should be,
All that I could be.
You have been there through it all.
At the end of the line
Of a desperate call.
Such a large influence
In such a small frame.
Isn’t a big enough name.
You taught me ways to survive.
Pointed to goals at which to strive.
The buckets of tears shared throughout the years,
Washed away uncounted fears.
You stood behind me when I was wrong,
Even your punishments made me strong.
Pushing me to be a better me,
You never really gave up on me.
Forever will I see your face
In a distant time and a far off place.
In the times I may be weak,
Your windswept kiss will brush my cheek.
There is so much I want to say,
And I will, everyday.
As long as I live you will remain with me.
You were the beginning of my destiny,
Your smile and wit and silly ways
Will always comfort me in dreary days.
There are so many things I will miss,
Most of all,
Your motherly kiss.
Sleep now Mom,
You are the best.
It is time for you to rest.
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