Ione Molitor Kohler

Obituary of Ione E. Molitor Kohler

Born Ione Elizabeth Straus in 1935, was Married to Eugene Molitor in 1953 until his death in 2006. Together they raised 9 children. Her multi-generational help, influence and nurturing led her to volunteer in hospitals, work in a greenhouse, a gift shop, and as a personal banker.

She continued to be a constant mentor to hundreds as President of both the Horizon West Condominium Association as well as the Catholic Women's Study Club.

Her tireless and organized efforts at raising 9 children grew to a family of 39 Grandchildren and more than 63 Great Grandchildren (so far).

In 2011 she married Eugene Kohler and was able to travel and visit many of her family and friends all over the globe.

As a wife, mother, grand and great grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, neighbor, friend and mentor to countless others, she was well loved, with a well lived life and legacy.

Ione was preceded in death by husband Eugene E. Molitor, a son James P. Molitor, and second Husband Eugene Kohler. Also preceded by three grandsons: 

Chad McGeen, Philip Markiewicz, and David Schomberg.

Survived by seven daughters and a son: Mary (Russ) Knutson, John (Jean) Molitor, Susan (Dave) Dahl, Diane (Mark) McGeen, Nancy (Tom) Schomberg, Sally Molitor, daughter-in-law Misty Molitor, Janet Molitor and Chris Williams-Molitor.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials are preferred to the Ione Kohler Trust Fund for a charity of their choice or St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waukesha, Wisconsin. 

A Mass will be held at 9:30 am on Saturday, May 25 at St. Mary’s Church225 S Hartwell Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186 Waukesha, WI. A tribute will be held following the Mass at Cesarz Funeral Home 237 N Moreland Blvd Waukesha, WI 53188 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Inurnment Celebration and Ceremony will be held on the afternoon of July 19, 2024 in LaCrosse Wisconsin at Oak Grove Cemetery.

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9:30 am - 10:00 am
Saturday, May 25, 2024
St. Mary Catholic Church
225 S. Hartwell
Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States

Celebration of Life

May 25, 2024 11:00 a.m. 237 N Moreland Blvd Waukesha, WI 53188
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