Obit: Hanke, Valieta E. (1942 - 2019)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Buttke, Gurlea, Hanke, Hitzke, Milius Obradovich, Reinhardt, Schmidt, Swanson, Tetzlaff, Ugoretz, Wilkosz

----Source: The Record - Review (Athens, Edgar, Marathon, Stratford, WI) 6/04/2019

Hanke, Valieta E. (Hitzke) (11 SEP 1942 - 1 JUN 2019)

Valieta E. Hanke, 101, of Wausau, joined her Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Our House Care Facility under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

She was born in Marion on Feb. 27, 1918, to the late Elmer and Frieda (Schmidt) Hitzke. She married Norman Hanke on Oct. 28, 1939. Norman preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1993.

Valieta enjoyed volunteering and sharing her time with many organizations. She would volunteer with the church, was a member of the Vilas Homemakers Club for over 50 years, was the historian for the Marathon County Homemakers Club, she bowled for the Rib River Ballroom Team for many years, she and her husband Norman were the organizers of the Rib Falls Ramblers 4-H Club, and she was the superintendent for the open class at the Wisconsin Valley Fair for over 25 years. Cooking, baking, knitting, crocheting and needlework were some of the things that Valieta enjoyed; she made many beautiful gifts for family members over the years.

Valieta is survived by her children: Sharleen (Walter) Tetzlaff of Mukwonago, Wayne (LuAnn) Hanke of Marathon and Keith Hanke of Marathon; 12 grandchildren: Carrie (Michael) Obradovich of New Berlin, Kim (Mark) Obradovich of Germantown, Kristen (Tim) Milius of Waukesha, Kevin (Stacy) Tetzlaff of Waterford, Constance (Peter) Swanson of Waukesha, Jodi (Lon) Wilkosz of Marathon, Wendy (Kent) Reinhardt of Merrill, Jayme (Michael) Buttke of Merrill, Terry (Carol) Hanke of Ontario, Calif., Todd Hanke of Wausau, Tom Hanke of Marathon and Tracey (Dan) Ugoretz of Weston; 28 great-grandchildren; as well as her four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Valieta was preceded in death by her grandson, Timothy Hanke.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the Rib Falls United Methodist Church, 154 East 19th Street, Town of Rib Falls. Pastor Tim Gurlea will preside. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street, Wausau; and again on Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will take place in the Rib Falls Methodist Cemetery. Please go to to sign the family guestbook.

The family would like to thank the staff at Our House and at Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for their dedication and care for Valieta.



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