Winifred “Winnie” M. Mertens, 93, of New Holstein, Wisconsin, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care Center in New Holstein.

The former Winifred Neumann was born on Feb. 1, 1924, in New Holstein to Frank and Rose (Faust) Neumann.

She attended New Holstein Grade School and graduated from New Holstein High School in 1942.

On Nov. 28, 1945, she married Robert Mertens at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in New Holstein. Bob preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 2010.

Winnie was employed at Hart Carter Company from 1942 until 1950 and Tecumseh Engine Products from 1964 until 1989.

Winnie was a life-time member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in New Holstein. She was also a member of the Christian Womens Society, the New Holstein Historical Society, and Catholic Order of Foresters. For 72 years, she was a member of the New Holstein American Legion Auxiliary, serving as its president. Winnie chaired the Legion Auxiliary Poppy fundraiser for numerous years.

Winnie and her husband Bob traveled throughout the United States and to several countries, including Italy, Mexico, Israel and Japan.

Winnie was very lively and outgoing. She never missed an opportunity to chat and joke with family, neighbors and her many friends. She was an avid cook and enjoyed canning; dill pickles were one of her specialties. Winnie was also well-known for baking an enormous assortment of Christmas cookies every year for family, friends, and community events.

Survivors include her two children, her daughter Diane Mertens and her husband William (Larry) Neuman of Madison; and her son Michael (Robyn) Mertens of Plymouth; her granddaughter Michael and Robyn’s daughter Sara (Nathan) Nennig of Plymouth; her great-grandson Lucas; her brother Richard (Joan) Neumann of Sheboygan; two brothers-in-law, James (Irene) Mertens of Kiel and Clem (Pat) Mertens of Green Bay; and two sisters-in-law, Catherine (Ed) Schumacher of Waukegan, Illinois and Sister Mary Jane Mertens of Holy Family Convent in Manitowoc. She is further survived by nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Frank and Rose Neumann; her husband Robert Mertens; and two brothers, Robert Neumann and Raymond Neumann.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, April 22 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1724 Madison St., New Holstein. The Rev. Pat Nelson SDS will officiate with Parish Director, Joe Zenk assisting. Winnie will be laid to rest next to her husband Bob at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Family and friends may greet the family at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Saturday from 10:30 until 11:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for Holy Rosary Church or the New Holstein American Legion Auxiliary.

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

The family would like to extend heart-felt appreciation to the staff at the Atrium Post Acute Care Center and Heartland Hospice for the loving care and compassion they showed and gave Winnie.