Margaret "Marg" Kettle, Janesville, WI (1920-2014)
October 23, 1920 - July 3, 2014
Margaret “Marg” Kettle, of Janesville, died on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital. She was born on the Dockhorn family farm on Oct. 23, 1920, the daughter of Leslie and Anna Coen Dockhorn. She grew up there enjoying all the activities of farm life. She graduated from Janesville High School in 1938. Marg married Ted Kettle on Feb. 7, 1948, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Janesville. They were residents of La Prairie Township, until moving to Janesville. She was employed as a secretary at Parker Pen for many years and as a legal secretary at the Geffs and Block Law Firm. She retired from Murphy, Rude and Forrestal Law Office. She loved all sports, and played 2nd base for the Lions Oil Girls Softball Team. The team played throughout southern Wisconsin, and they were State Champions in 1940. Marg followed all sports activities for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a lifelong, die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. She was interested in conserving farmland in the La Prairie and Bradford Townships. She enjoyed vacationing with family in Arizona, theater presentations at the Starlight in Rockford, and family bonfires. She always enjoyed a good party! Marg and Ted were Charter Members of St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church. She was also active with the Catholic Women’s Club, VFW Auxiliary Post 1621, 600 Bowling Club, and Puttin Pals Golf League. She was a 4-gallon blood donor and believed the best pint she ever donated was for her son, Tim who was critically wounded in Vietnam in 1970.
Marg is survived by her two sons, Tom (Sandy) Kettle and Larry (Lucy) Kettle, both of Janesville; two daughters, Margaret (John McDonald) A. Kettle of Mosinee, WI, and Joan (Bob) Maves of Janesville; daughter-in-law, Lorrie Kettle of Janesville; 10 grandchildren: Michelle (Don) Brandenburg, Mike (Jayme Omernik) Johnson, Chris Kettle, Amber (Ray) Firn, Josh (Tara) Kettle, Heather (Lee) Baksic, Andrew Kettle, Matthew (Jackie) Kettle, Nick Kettle and Sam Kettle; six great-grandchildren; six step grandchildren; nine step great-grandchildren; one step great-great-granddaughter; and two special nephews, Leo and Mick Mullooly. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Tim Kettle; sister, Ethel Mullooly; and two brothers, F.V. “Doc” and Lee Dockhorn.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at ST. JOHN VIANNEY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH with Msgr. Donn Heiar officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4 until 7 p.m. at SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, where a Rosary will conclude the visitation and, again, on Wednesday from 9 until 10 a.m. at the CHURCH. Memorials may be made to the VVA Chapter 236, Tim Kettle Scholarship Fund or St. John Vianney School. For on-line condolences and registry: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com
The family extends a special thank you to the staff of My Care and Rock Haven as well as Dr. Hal Ramsey, for the great care they gave Mom during her illness.