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March 22, 2019

3/2/2019 7:30:00 AM
Victor "Vic" P. Zettler

Victor "Vic" P. Zettler, 101, of Rhinelander, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 at Grace Lodge with his family at his side and under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice.

Vic was born in Stratford on Jan. 8, 1918, the son of Louis and Frances (Schultz) Zettler. He attended St. Mary's Catholic Grade School and was a 1936 graduate of Rhinelander High School.

Vic joined the CCC's and then began his employment at the Rhine-lander Paper Company. He proudly served his country during World War II from 1942 until 1945. Vic was united in marriage to Katherine Steinmetz on May 24, 1941 at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Upon his return from the war, Vic continued his employment at the paper mill as a millwright for a total of 40 years. He retired from the mill in 1981. He was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and a life member of the Ray Rousseau V.F.W. Post 3143.

Vic was also a member of the men's bowling league through the paper mill. He enjoyed woodworking and built the family cottage on Flannery Lake and later helped build their home.

He and Katherine enjoyed traveling, especially to Florida. Vic will be remembered for being sharp-witted, but most of all he will be remembered for his love of family.

He will be dearly missed by his daughter, Kathy (Wally) Neys of Brimfield, Ill. and Venice, Florida; three grandchildren, David (Tammy) Neys, Pamela (Bill) Szverra and Michael (Jori) Neys; seven great-grandchildren, Kayla, Nick, Brady and Taylor Neys, Austin Szverra, Maiya Kaeding and Isabella Neys. Also surviving are nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Vic was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Katherine Zettler; two brothers; Don and Ray Zettler and one sister, Gen Rose.

The visitation for Vic will take place on Monday, March 4, 2019 from 10 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, located at the corner of Conro and King Street. Fr. Kevin Farrell will be officiating.

Immediately following the mass, everyone is invited to process to Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Cemetery for the Committal Service.

Military honors will be conducted by the Ray Rousseau V.F.W. Post 3143 and two representatives from the United States Army.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Ray Rousseau V.F.W. Post 3143, P.O. Box 476, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501, Meals on Wheels, 100 W. Keenan Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501 or to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1081, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501.

Arrangements for Vic have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. You are invited to light a candle, sign the guestbook, leave a photo or an online condolence at

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2019
Article comment by: P Lynn Kielhold

My prayers and thoughts are with you all. He was a great man with a wonderful personality. I wish I could be there with you. Love and prayers, Lynn

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