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April 20, 2021

1/22/2021 7:30:00 AM
Joan M. Erlitz

Joan M. Erlitz of Rhinelander died on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 at Seasons of Life Hospice in Woodruff.

She was born on March 22, 1927 to Oral and Clara (Sampson) Wood.

Joan was a lifelong resident of Rhinelander. She attended St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1945. On June 4, 1949 she married Lavern H. "Bud" Erlitz and they enjoyed 63 years of marriage. Joan was employed at the Rhinelander Vocational School and then at Nicolet College until her retirement.

Joan loved to read, knit and crochet. Family and friends have enjoyed her handmade projects. Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.

Joan is survived by her children: Mary Erlitz of Minocqua, Laurie (John) Jorgenson of Shawano, and Paul Erlitz of Rhinelander, her grandchildren Jeffrey (Nina) Jolin, Amber (Sam) Nettrour and Abby (Robert) Dalka, her great-grandchildren Alina, Madeline, Isiah, Noah, Kiara and William and her sisters, Judy Hunter of Rhinelander, Janet Huebner of Rhinelander and Sarah (John) Kirsch of Neenah.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bud, her parents, brothers, Richard Wood and Tom Wood, sister and brothers-in-law; Carole (Eugene) Reich, Richard Hunter and Howard Huebner.

A private family memorial service will be held in the future at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in honor of Joan may be given to Senior Hearts Home Care, 125 W. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501, Rhinelander Public Library Outreach Program, 106 N. Stevens Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501 or to AMVETS Post #724, 1002 Coon Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. Everyone is invited to sign the guestbook or leave an online condolence at

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