Marion A Draeger age 88, of Marathon, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, with her family at her side.
She was born on March 17, 1931, in Stratford, daughter of the late Anthony Stack and Cherubim (Carrie Fry) Stack.
On May 20, 1953, she married the love of her life, Reinhard “Reiny” Draeger, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stratford, son of the late Reinhardt and Clara (Laumer) Draeger-Grosskreutz and the stepson of the late Paul Grosskreutz.
Marion worked in various places and left Marathon Electric after the birth of her first 5 children under the age of 5. In 1955 she and Reiny began their small farm. As their family grew to 11 children, their farm grew into Draeger Dairy Farm Inc. now owned and operated by several of their children and grandchildren. She retired in 1996.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Marathon, and had many hobbies; with her husband she loved traveling the United States, dances, movies, farming, church dinners, and going to country music shows. She raised both food and flower gardens, enjoyed putting together puzzles, bird watching, visiting with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She faithfully prayed the rosary daily for her family.
Survivors include her eleven children: Judy (John) Hummer, Edgar, Wayne (Jenifer) Draeger Weston, Karen Draeger, Mosinee, Alan (Tina Wiesneski) Draeger, Marathon; Donna (Mark) Weber, Marshfield, James (Sandy) Draeger, Marathon, June (Dennis) Bornheimer, Athens, Dennis (JoAnn) Draeger, Marathon, Susan (Carl) Yessa, Edgar, Larry Draeger (Marivie Candia), Marathon; Bonnie (Bruce) Jahnke, Marathon; and twenty-seven grandchildren: Nathan (Hilary) Hummer, Karie (Tom Kramer) Hummer and Kevin (Stephanie Hilleman) Hummer. Christopher (Tara) Draeger, Joshua (Angela Poulos), Draeger and Cody (Haley) Draeger, Christy (Jason) Volm; Corianna (Brad Hartleben) Wilhelm and Nicole (Brennan) O’Connell; Kelly (Joe Swetlik) Kloss, Russell (Danielle) and Jacob Griesmer, Leah (Joshua) Krzanowski, Ashely Hohensee, Jeremy (Melinda), Tyler (Janalee), Eric (Dana) Nahring and Max Weber; Heidi (Aaron) Gauerke, Thomas “TJ” (Corrin Smith), Teanna and Kylie Draeger, Jennifer (Marcus) Narvaez, Ashley (Mike Fleming) Paul, Stacy (Steve) Daniels and Tonya (John) Brewster; Mitchell and Stephanie Draeger, Holli (Nathan) Soczka, Brooke Yessa, Nicolas Draeger; Bria and Brett Jahnke; and thirty-six great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; and more than likely several babies on the way. She is further survived by four sisters: Frances Grosskreutz, West Allis, Joan Manthey, Phillips, Elaine Pilgrim, Edgar, Patricia (Jim) Pautzke, Marshfield; two brothers: Jerome (Mary) Stack and Thomas (Mary) Stack, Stratford; several brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; many nephews and nieces; relatives and friends.
Besides Marion’s husband, Reiny, and her parents; she was preceded in death by two miscarried children; two brothers: William and Leonard Stack; and three brothers-in-law, Darrell Grosskreutz, Leo Manthey and Elroy “Bud” Pilgrim.
A service will be held at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary “St. Mary’s Catholic Church,” Marathon. Visitation was held Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, at 4 p.m. until we prayed the Rosary at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, visitation was from 10 a.m. until the Mass of Christian burial at 12 noon with Rev. Msgr. Joseph Diermeier presiding. Burial took place in the Edgar Cemetery. The honor of pallbearer belonged to Wayne, Alan, James, Dennis, Larry and Christopher Draeger. Her honorary pallbearer was Jeremy Nahring.
We want to thank each and every staff member at Copperleaf Assisted Living in Marathon for the compassionate love you showed and exceptional care you provided for our Mother. Words cannot express our heartfelt gratitude.
If desired, the family is accepting memorials in Marion’s name be directed to The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Marathon City.
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