Doris Mae (Woelfel) Turba, age 87, of New Holstein, passed away unexpectedly with her family at her side on Monday, April 9, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton.

She was born April 14, 1930, to Alex Sr. & Frances (Fessler) Woelfel. Doris graduated from New Holstein High School in 1948.

On June 1, 1954, she married Robert H. Turba at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in New Holstein; Bob preceded her in death on July 15, 2011.

Doris was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in New Holstein, the Christian Women’s Society, the Daughters of Isabella, Embroiderers Guild, the local Homemakers group, and the New Holstein American Legion Auxiliary.

Doris is survived by her three children, Nancy (Thomas) Greuel of New Holstein, Thomas (Carol) Turba of New Holstein, and Donna (Michael) Olig of Plymouth; her grandchildren, Erin (Ryan) Schmitz and their daughter, Elizabeth; Benjamin (Victoria) Greuel and their son, Henry; Nicholas (Heather) Turba, and their son, Graham; Eric Turba; Emma Jo Olig; and Matthew Olig (special friend, Katherine Graumann); her sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Petrie (Dan Pockat) of New Holstein; her in-laws, Kenneth Klotz, Gladys Woelfel, Ralph Heus, all of New Holstein, and Kenneth (Lydia) Turba of St. Anna. Doris is further survived by many nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Alex Sr. & Frances Woelfel; her husband, Robert Turba; her brothers and sisters, Paul (Olga) Woelfel, Margaret (LaVern) Halbach, Eleanor Klotz, Delores (Jerome) Kampfer, Clarence (Shirley) Woelfel, Alex Woelfel Jr., Donald Woelfel (his first wife, Alice Jane and his second wife, Betty); her brothers-in-law, Lloyd Petrie, Wilfrid (Leona) Turba; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edmund & Josephine Turba. She is further preceded in death by Shirley Heus and nephew, Allen Heus.

A Liturgy of Christian Burial was held at 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1724 Madison Street, New Holstein, WI 53061. Doris will be laid to rest next to her husband, Robert, in the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation: Family and friends could call at Holy Rosary Church on Thursday, April 12th from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM.

For additional details, please contact the Sippel Funeral Home in New Holstein (920) 898-4300 or visit

Hand crafted items made with delicate stitches, large homemade family dinners, three-tiered wedding cakes for her children & Jesus’ birthday cakes on Christmas, greeting cards offering masses, strong faith & daily rosary, flowers and plants that bloomed and unexpectedly re-bloomed with her care, exercise with Strong Women, lunches & decades of friendship with her homemakers, long phone calls to family and friends, feeding the backyard birds, travel across the country (especially to Indiana), holding her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren, and a life of loving Dad--these were the joys in the well-lived life of our nearly 88 year old mom.

After being anointed and exchanging “I love you” with her children, their spouses, and all her grandchildren, she was led by faith to join her Bob with God in Heaven. Mom had a blessed life indeed.

We are grateful for the love of family and friends, and for the care of Dr. Jill, the New Holstein First Responders, Kiel Ambulance Service, Calumet Medical Center, Flight for Life, and St. Elizabeth Hospital.

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