Marie E. Kretz, of Antigo, died Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Rosalia Gardens. She was 108 years old. She was born on November 2, 1907 in Embarass, Wis. a daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Kelly) Balke. She married Raymond Kretz on November 18, 1930 in Shawano. He preceded her in death on June 26, 1991.
She was a member of St. John Catholic Parish and the Christian Mother’s Society.
Marie was a homemaker and supported her husband, son and extended family in the founding of Kretz Lumber Company.
Her hobbies included rug weaving, making dolls, crocheting, tatting and knitting. She enjoyed gardening.
Known affectionately as Rosalia’s “Energizer Bunny” she attributed her longevity to a daily regimen of Hershey’s chocolate and hot water with cream.
Survivors include a son, Dan (Dianne) Kretz of Antigo; a favorite niece, Nancy (Ron) Blood of Antigo; and many other nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by an infant son, Donald Kretz.
A funeral Mass will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church with Reverend Charles Hoffmann officiating. Burial will take place in Queen of Peace Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday at the church in Hoffmann Hall from 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Bradley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Weber and nurse Connie, the entire staff of Rosalia Gardens in particular, nurse Carol, she was blessed to have your support and the care you provided; to Sr. Delores, Sr. Adele and Sr. Jean, Fr. Charlie, Fr. Dave and Fr. Omer Kelly for tending to her spiritual needs; to Moira Scupien for keeping her mentally alert and strong physically; to Brianna and Sally for watching over Marie and keeping her safe throughout the night. We appreciate all that you do.