OBITUARY: Charles E. Nate

Charles E. Nate, age 88, of 9230 Grimms Road, Maple Grove, died peacefully Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2016 at the home of his son & daughter-in-law, Cary and Sharon Nate.


Charlie farmed in the Maple Grove area his entire life, and was a lifetime member of St. Patrick’s Church in Maple Grove, later St. Mary-St. Patrick’s of Reedsville, and most recently Holy Family Parish of Brillion. He was lector, commentator, and usher at all three parishes; lifetime member of St. Patrick’s Holy Name Society; and was chairman and/or co-chair of the annual parish picnic at all three parishes. Charlie also served as secretary-treasurer of St. Patrick’s Cemetery Assoc. since 1992. He was an Honorary Lifetime Charter Member of Elizabeth Ann Seton Council #5798 Knights of Columbus – serving three years as Grand Knight; member of the 4th Degree Assembly #1212 of Manitowoc and the Honor Guard since 2002; and was an active member of the Friends of St. Patrick and the Friends of the Branch River.

Charles was also very involved in Township & County Government. He served as Clerk of the Town of Franklin for over 50 years; Secretary of the Town of Franklin Board of Appeals over 30 years; member and secretary of the Manitowoc County Board of Adjustment over 25 years; and served as secretary-treasurer of the Manitowoc County Unit of the Wisconsin Town’s Association for 15 years.

Survivors include one daughter & son-in-law, Anne Laurie and Robert Dirkman of Francis Creek; two sons & daughters-in-law, John C. and Barbara Nate of Pewaukee, and Cary J. and Sharon Nate of Maple Grove; nine grandchildren: Amber and Christopher Nate; Kelly and Jesse Dirkman; Tabitha (Justehn) Hetue, Jacob Nate, Travis (Anna) Nate, Jade Nate and Crystal Nate; a foster granddaughter, Alysa Rowden; and five great grandchildren: Trenton, Cora, Sophia, LeRoy, and Chloe. He is further survived by one sister, Margaret Herrmann of Manitowoc; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was also preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law: Henry and Myrtle Ansorge; one brother, James Nate; a sister and two brothers-in-law: Veronica and Edward Saur, and John Herrmann; a half brother-in-law, Wayne Ansorge; and two sisters-in-law: Ruth and Annie Ansorge.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 at Holy Family Parish, Brillion. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Timothy Brandt, with burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Maple Grove.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.dejamartin. com.

Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, 1506 18th St. Two Rivers is assisting the Nate family with funeral arrangements.

The Nate family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the doctors, nurses, and staff of St. Vincent Hospital, and all caregivers of Unity Hospice for the wonderful care and compassion extended to our father. Special thanks also to Cary & Sharon who welcomed Dad into their home for his final days of his journey here on earth.

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