Judith A. Marks Gatzke

Date of Death: Aug 08, 2016

1924 - 2016

Judith A. Marks Gatzke, 92, of Waupun, formerly of New Berlin, died Monday, August 8, 2016 at her residence.

In 1924 Mrs. Gatzke’s Merchant Mariner father announced her birth. “A new ship has arrived. The Judith Alita Marks was launched from the Beaver Dam Hospital shipyard at high tide on Saturday morning, March 29, 1924.” She has begun a new voyage and her family remembers the words of Enoch Powell: “If my ship sails from sight, it doesn’t mean my journey ends. It simply means the river bends.”

She is survived by her sons: William of Waupun, Thomas (Mary) of Watertown, David (Rhonda) of Indianapolis, IN, Lee (Debra) of Lake Mills, and James (Eliesha) of New Berlin; daughter, Susan Pellett (Michael) of Grand Prairie, TX; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Geraldine Tatham of Edgewater, FL; and brother, David Marks of Nevada City, CA.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, LeRoy Gatzke and her daughter, Jean Gatzke Reinke.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Saturday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Judith will be be held Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Rev. Gary Miller officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

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  1. Amy Kinosian Says: August 11, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Dear Sue and family, I saw your mom’s obituary in the paper this morning. Her passing really means the end of an era in New Berlin! Our families go so far back together, from your dad and my mom leading Boy Scout troops, to me personally having one of the best friends I have ever had. I’ll be thinking about you, as you reflect on the memories, the events and the laughs you have all shared with your mom and dad over the years. Peace be with you!
    Amy Kinosian

    • Sue Pellett Says: December 28, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Amy, I saw your post on the Werner Harmsen website for the first time just a few minutes ago. Thank you so much for the kind words and loving thoughts. Please contact me when you have some time to talk.

  2. Phyllis F. Hill Says: August 11, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Thinking of you, Jim and family.


    Jerry and Phyllis Hill
    Brookfield, WI

  3. Jim Wontor Says: August 12, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    To the Gatzke Family, So very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I have fond memories of being included at the Gatzke dinner table, where your Mom prepared for so many. NO ONE went away hungry!!! With deepest sympathies, Jim and Shari Wontor.

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