Althea Clara Laura Laack (nee Schultz), age 95 of Plymouth, WI, passed away peacefully in her home on December 10, 2014, on the anniversary of her husband’s death.

She was born on July 1st, 1919 in the Town of Lyndon to William and Amanda (Naumann) Schultz. She attended Roosevelt Grade School and Waldo High School. On February 14, 1942 she married Erwin J. Laack.

She and Erwin farmed and raised their family at their homestead for almost 70 years. She was very proud of her work as a nanny for the Rummele family in Sheboygan and her travels to Texas and New York City, following her husband during his Army service. She also worked at the canning factory in Waldo.

Erwin preceded her in death on December 10, 2006.

She was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cascade where she had been a member of the Ladies Guild. She was also a member of the farm Bureau.

Althea’s face never failed to light up in the presence of babies and children and she immensely loved, not just her children and grandchildren, but also her nieces and nephews. It’s hard to find a photo of Althea where she isn’t surrounded by children. Her grandchildren knew that if they visited Grandma, they would never leave hungry. She was loved dearly by everyone who knew her.

She is survived by her three children: James (Kyle) Laack, of Hannibal, MO; Dennis (Illomay) Laack, of Plymouth, and Janis (Raymond) Traas, of the Town of Greenbush; and grandchildren: Lance (Amy) Laack, of Rochester, MN; Darcie Laack, of Plymouth, Torrey (Nadia) Laack, of Rochester, MN; and Trevor Laack of Massachusetts, Brent (Jessica) Wells, of Ft. Bliss, El Paso, TX, Robyn (Reid) Atkins and Kacy Wells of Hannibal, MO; Darren (Shelly Kober) Laack, of Sheboygan, Chris Laack, of Kansas City, MO; Eric Laack, of Fond du Lac; Teresa (Jeremy) Boxrucker of Plymouth, Tobin (Dana Troullier) Traas, of Sheboygan, and great-grandchildren: Preston, Konrad, Eleanor, Xavier, Soren, Elsa, and Axel, Ian, Koen, Makenzy, and Edward; in addition to dear family members, Helen Laack and Leslie Connell-Torres.

She is also survived by one sister, Marion Hefter, of Cascade and two brothers,

William Shultz, Jr., and David Schultz, both of the Town of Lyndon, and brotherin law, Darwin Laack, of Waldo, and nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws, Emil and Elsa Laack, and brothers and sisters-in-law Marlin (Lucille) Schultz, and Byron (Verna) Schultz, Sr., and sisters Evelyn (Carl) Schultz, and Grace Laack, and sisters-in-law, Alice Schultz, and Annette Schultz and brotherin law, Robert Hefter.

The family is grateful that Althea was able to remain on the family farm, a place that was dear to her heart and that of her children and grandchildren and all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 14th) at 4:00 P.M. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cascade. Rev. Richard Bidinger, pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be in the Winooski Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church on Sunday from 1:30 P.M. until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up in Althea’s name for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Cascade.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit

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