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St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
1501 Erie Street
Racine, WI 53402
Life Story / Obituary
Mabel Marie Gatzke, age 95, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 9, 2019, at The Woods of Caledonia. She was born in Racine, April 22, 1923, daughter of the late Arthur and Myrtle (Nee: Peck) Gulbrandsen.
Mabel graduated from Wm. Horlick High School, “Class of 1941”. On June 26, 1943 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church she was united in marriage to Edward F. Gatzke who preceded her in death June 9, 1989. Prior to her marriage Mabel had worked at Badger Shirt and Rae Motors. Mabel was a member of St. John’s EV Lutheran Church. She enjoyed baking, needlepoint, embroidery, antiquing, and collecting crystal baskets, and Maude Humphrey figurines. Mabel was patient, excepting, generous, strong willed, caring and loving. She will be dearly missed.
Surviving are her daughter Susan J. Prough of Racine; grandson, Carl (Denise) Prough; great grandchildren, Taylor and Collin; sister, Lois (Gerald) Froseth of Racine; special niece, Karen (Russel) Kraft; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her son, Charles; and siblings, Arthur (Beverly) Gulbrandsen, Ruth Geisner, Mildred (Theodore) Nicholson.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Jack Gilbert officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family prior to the service 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Donations to St. John’s EV Lutheran Church have been suggested.
The family wishes to extend a special Thank you to Hospice Alliance for their special care and love.