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Obituary: Pamela Rae (Podoll) Retzlaff

After a 4 year hard fought fight Pamela Rae (Podoll) Retzlaff of Brillion, lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday August 2, 2022 at St Elizabeth’s Hospital, Appleton, WI.

Pam was born October 22, 1952 to Donald and Phoebe (Linn) Podoll, in Adams, WI. She was a 1970 graduate of Adams/Friendship High School. During her life she explored many jobs from harvesting pickles to driving semi. In December of 2009 she received her culinary arts degree from Moraine Park, anyone who knew Pam knew of her sure love of cooking, she took that degree and worked in several food service positions in the healthcare field. She also worked at Professional Plating Inc and ended her working career with American Metal Finishing Inc.

Pam is survived by her husband of 13 years Dean, daughter Lori Tesch and son by choice Chuck Tesch. She is further survived by her brother Randy (Sue) Podoll, WI Rapids and a special Aunt Nora Jean (Pat) Frodl of Wausau, also several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, and her special chocolate lab grand puppy Jazzi.

My mom’s love of Christmas was evident with every room being decorated, she has especially proud of her Christmas village and left most of it up all year long. She also had a great love for gardening and flowers, roses were her favorite but she wasn’t very good at keeping them alive! Her and Dean enjoyed going on casino trips to play her favorite wolf slot machine. Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother Rodney Podoll, special uncle Henry Frodl, special niece Janine (Podoll) Nelson, and grand puppies Sassy, Madeline, Mercedes and Dusty.

In honoring my moms wishes there will not be a funeral, however there will be a Celebration of Life on August 21, 2022 from 3-7 at Stone Prairie W910 Center Rd Brillion, WI. Pielhop Wieting Funeral Home, Brillion is assisting the family. We would like to give the most heart felt thanks to the staff at the Cancer Center, the doctors and nurses on 2nd and 4th floor at St Elizabeth’s, the neuro staff at University Hospital Madison, Dr Charleston and his staff at Froedert, Milwaukee, your care and concern that you showed to all of us from the first day to the last was top notch.

Mom…your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure…you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure…


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