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Charles Ortlieb Obituary


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“Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss of Charles. ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Don and Mary Thompson

“So sorry for your loss. ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: linda cole /ala cart care - WI

“Sue, so sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. I know he was your best friend and soul-mate. My deep sympathy. ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Terri Zabrowski - Stevens Point, WI

“We wanted to send our sympathy for all of Chuck's family in this time of loss. I remember Chuck fondly from working at the Copps Corp. for 29 years....Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: George and Sandi Barnes - WI

“What a wonderful man and such a wonderful family! He will be missed. ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Martha Yonke - Stevens Point, WI

“Dear Sue and family... You are in my heart, prayers, and thoughts. I remember Chuck and what a gracious gentleman he was and what a fantastic...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Janis Borski - Stevens Point, WI

“Dearest Ortlieb Family, So sorry to hear of Chuck passing. You were truly blessed to have him in your lives as was he to have you in his life....Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Denny and Nancy Freund - Plover, WI

“Our sympathies to Sally & your family in your loss. We will always remember a Copps trip we took to St. Germaine, WI. many years ago. It was early...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Don & Dorothy Berg - Pittsville, WI

“Dear Jenny and family-I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I know how close your family always was and this must be very hard. Hold on...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Amy Townsend - Stevens Point

“Dear Sally and Family We were sorry to hear of Charlies passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: Dale and Audrey Pruss - WI

“Jenny and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your dad in so many ways, especially working in the yard. You are in my...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Kathe (Zdroik) Wroblewski - WI

“I remember what a happy person he was. How he was a very good hugger. Peace to you and your dear family. I will miss you Uncle Charlie. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Amy Mayhew - waukesha, WI

“Jackie, I'm sorry to hear about your father's passing. Sounds like he was a neat guy. You're in my thoughts...hang in there, Laurie Graboski Bauer ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: laurie graboski bauer - WI

“Jackie & family, I send my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband, dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather. It sounds as though he led a...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Linda Pluke - Stevens Point, WI

“Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family in this difficult time. Keep your memories close to your hearts. ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Cindy Marczak

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the memories you hold dear in your heart bring you comfort. ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Maggie Kuhl - Wisconsin Rapids, WI

““So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.” —Jewish prayer ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Dan & Diane Dieterich - WI


Charles Ortlieb is remembered as a man who truly loved his family. The love he had for his childhood sweetheart, Suzanne "Sally" Wendorf, grew into a marriage lasting nearly 60 years and blessed with three children, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In 2002, Charles and Suzanne celebrated 50 years of marriage by renewing their wedding vows in Honolulu, Hawaii surrounded by family. Charles was born September 9, 1933 in Wausau to the late Henry and Esther (Graveen) Ortlieb. Charles attended Wausau Senior High School where he first met Suzanne. Not long after graduation, they were married on August 18, 1952. Charles and Suzanne moved to St. Point, where he worked for 38 years at Copps Corporation, first in the meat department and then as Dairy Director. After retiring, they built a home on Mable Lake in Tomahawk, with Charles working part- time for Ritt, Beyer, and Wier. Some of his past times included traveling the world with visits to Greece, Hong Kong, China, Puerto Rico, and many places across the U.S. A. Charles loved playing cards with friends, cheering on the Packers, winning at the casinos, driving his Mustangs and Cadillacs and golfing in the yearly "Ortlieb Open". At the age of 78, Charles passed away on Monday, July 16, 2012 in Wausau. Survivors include Suzanne of Tomahawk, three daughters, Juliane (Michael) Washburn of Peshtigo, Jacqueline (Douglas) Christianson of Custer, Jenifer (Roy) Wolosek of Marathon, eight grandchildren, Laura (Greg) Ouimet, Mary Overzet, Josh Christianson, Kate (Tim) Walgren, Paul, Derek, Jillian and Juliet Wolosek, six great grandchildren, John, Anna, Eric, Henry, Reed and Mason and two brothers, David Ortlieb of Miami, Fl and Alan (Nancy) Ortlieb of Menomonie Falls. Charles was preceded in death by his sister, Corrine. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Memorial Chapel Mausoleum at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Reverend Mark Schoenherr of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Tomahawk will officiate. Entombment will be in the mausoleum. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Helke Funeral Home, Wausau and at the mausoleum chapel on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. You may sign our family guest book at helke.com.

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