Ione A. Koetterhagen, 92, of Waterford, passed away peacefully at Waterford Senior Living Home on Sept. 5, 2022.
Ione was born in St Martins on Feb. 22, 1930, to Tom and Mary (nee Wallace) Godsell. She graduated from a one room grade school and later Solomon Juneau High School in West Allis, Class of 1948. She worked in the office of the Priests of the Sacred Heart Monastery in Hales Corners. Four years later she left to marry Cletus Koetterhagen on May 3, 1952, at St Martins Holy Assumption Church in Hales Corners.
Ione worked right along with Cletus on the farm, until Cletus passed away Feb. 22, 2019, on her birthday. She was a member of St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, helping numerous times with festivals and dinners put on by the church. She loved to play cards, especially Sheepshead, with her card club group, family, and friends. She loved to watch the Brewers play baseball. She spent a lot of time gardening, cooking and canning, and was an excellent cook. She had the right taste buds to make everything taste perfect. She always prepared huge meals for not only her family but for the kids that helped on the farm picking up rocks or bailing hay and straw. She will be fondly remembered for her good-natured spirit, her sense of humor, her faith and extraordinary work ethic.
Ione was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She especially loved and adored her three great grandchildren. They brought her much joy when they would come to visit. They would always make her laugh and smile. Her greatest joy though was spending time with all her family, especially during the holidays.
Ione is survived by her beloved daughter, Lynn Raguse; two loving grandsons, Alan (Becky) Raguse and Joe (Brittany) Raguse; three wonderful great-grandchildren, Eva, Isabella, and Theodore; sisters, Rose Wiza and Janice (Glenn) Weitkunat; sister-in-law, Bernice Devlin, and other relatives and friends.
Ione was preceded in death by her husband Cletus; her parents; sisters, Margaret Godsell, Florence (Joe) Greil and Mary (Don) Thompson; brother Celeste “Bud” Godsell; son-in-law Ted Raguse; nephews, Dan and Dale Wiza; brothers-in-law, Tony Wiza, Ed Weitkunat and William “Bill” (Arlene) Koetterhagen; and sisters-in-law, Ruth (Wilbur) Link and Helen Bieneman.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, from 10 until 10:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 305 South First Street, Waterford. Burial in the church cemetery will follow Mass.
In lieu of floral expressions of sympathy, memorials are suggested to St. Thomas Church.
Mealy Funeral Home is assisting the family. Well-wishers may visit www.mealyfuneralhome.com.