OBITUARY: Charlotte A Pethan

Our hearts were broken as we learned on January 10, 2022, our mother, Charlotte A Pethan, Hilbert, age 83, had passed after a short illness. She is now reunited with her husband, Eugene, in heaven.



She was born February 13, 1938 to the late Hugo and Marie (Karls) Nennig and was raised on a farm in Chilton.


She married Eugene Pethan on January 9, 1957 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge and raised five children in Hilbert. She was a loving and generous wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother.


Char worked at the Hilbert Cheese Factory, Bonk, Lutz & Hertel as a legal secretary, and Pethan’s Service Station as a bookkeeper. As she eased into her retirement years, she enjoyed her time as a bookkeeper and tax preparer. All Char’s clients quickly became lifelong friends.


She loved her time with family, work, Packer games, and road trips with her friends, Colleen and Phyllis. She was also always welcoming to other people who had nowhere else to go for the holidays.


Char was very active in her community as treasurer of the Ox Bow Sportman’s Club for many years, served food to the elderly for Meals on Wheels, helped with elections, served on the Hilbert Revitalization Group and many other civic activities. She was also a member of St. Mary Christian Mothers and St. Mary Catholic Church in Hilbert.


We will miss her kind and loving heart and compassionate ways. We love you Mom!


Charlotte is survived by her five children, Jim Pethan, JoAnne (Mike) Boll, Greg (Jean) Pethan, Ray (Sara) Pethan, Lynn (Dan) Gast; five grandchildren, Andy (Kirsten) Pethan, Brad Gast, Lee (Kalli) Pethan, Brook (Luke) Thornton, Tom (Laura) Pethan; 10 great grandchildren, Harper & Roman Pethan; Jocelyn, Lukas, Juliana & Eliana Pethan; Will, Audrey, Violet & Jude Pethan; a sister, Marge (Jim) FitzGerald; two brothers, Lloyd Nennig, Sidney (Carla) Nennig; a sister-in-law, Mary (Stan) Genslak; four brothers-in-law, Meryl (Deanie) Pethan, Joe (Debbie) Pethan, Paul Pethan, Roger Pethan. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Pethan; her father & mother, Hugo & Marie Nennig; her father & mother-in-law, Gilbert & Lydia Pethan; a brother, Hugo Nennig, Jr; a brother & sister-in-law, Kenneth & Vera Nennig; a sister & brother-in-law, Delores & James Mix; a sister-in-law, Victoria Pethan.


Funeral Services will be at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Hilbert, with Rev. Michael Betley officiating. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery. Friends may call at the church at 108 S. 6th St., Hilbert, from 10:00am to 11:45am. Wieting Family Funeral Home in Chilton is assisting the family.


The family would like to thank the Hilbert First Responders, Doug and Jerin, along with St. Elizabeth Hospital staff, especially Nurse Kim and Nurse Linde, for their compassionate care of Mom.

Online condolences: wietingfuneralhome.com