On January 8, 2020, Agnes Mary (Ricken) Wolfe left this earth to join her heavenly family. She was born in Exeland, WI on October 31, 1922, to the late Henry and Grace (McMullen) Ricken. She married Robert ‘Buster’ Wolfe on May 7, 1941 and they lived first in Springbrook, a short time in California then Brookfield before settling in Gillett in 1963. Agnes and Bob raised twelve children and farmed for many years. She also alternately worked part-time as a gift wrapper at Gimbels, a factory worker in Milwaukee, and for many years a bus driver for the Gillett School District as well as New View Industries. She was always actively involved with the church Altar Society and choir, as well as teaching CCD and serving as a representative for the Vicariate. She also enjoyed delivering meals to shut-ins with Meals on Wheels.
Her greatest joys were her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even great-great-grandchildren. In her free time she enjoyed crocheting afghans for gifts as well as entering them in the county fair and baking. She was renowned for her slab apple pie and her egg bread. She and Bob enjoyed bowling and snowmobiling and were members of the local snowmobile club in Gillett.
Agnes is survived by her sons James H. (Linda) Wolfe, Glendale AZ; Ronald “John” Wolfe, De Pere WI; Gregory M. (Nancy) Wolfe, Oconomowoc WI; Michael A. (Phyllis) Wolfe, Bremerton WA; and her daughters Carol B (Peter) Schuster, Sturgeon Bay WI; Patricia A. (Richard) Thornton, De Pere WI, Constance M. Wolfe, Allouez WI; Mary A. (Allen) Janchan, Apache Junction AZ; Teresa L. Graham, Gillett WI; Jean M. (Steven) Brummond, De Pere WI; twenty-eight grandchildren, more than forty great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert (Bob) Wolfe, sons Robert H. and Allan R. Wolfe, her parents Henry and Grace Ricken, sisters Gertrude Brunner and Elizabeth Ricken, brother William Ricken and several beloved nieces and nephews as well as many in-laws.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Gillett WI with visitation from 9:00 am to 11:00 prior to service. Burial will directly follow the service in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at Wyndemere Assisted Living for their care of Agnes.
Arrangements are being handled by Kuehl Funeral Home in Gillett.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html or Alzheimers/Dementia research https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2.
Jean and Family,
My sincere sympathies to you on the passing of your mother.
So very sorry to hear of Agnes’s passing.. She such sweet lady and was always so proud of her big family. She will be missed.
Sorry for your loss. Prayers are with the family.
Our deepest condolences to you and your family, prayers for you all.
Agnes was an amazing lady, and I feel privileged to have known her. I know you will all miss her deeply. Holding the Wolfe family close in my thoughts and hoping you can all count on the love you share for each other.
With deepest sympathy,
I am so sorry for your loss, Pat. God Bless all and many prayers are coming your way. Love ya.
Jean & Steve and families,
We are sending sympathy and prayers and a big hug for you. Saying goodbye to someone so special hurts the heart. However, there are those welcoming her home on the other end. Take care, with hugs. Linda & Victor Treml
To the Agnes Wolfe Family,
We are very sorry for your loss. She was an example of a loving, hard working wife and mother. She will be remembered by many, and you are all in our prayers.
The May Family
God bless you all
As one of her Great grandchildren, I looked up to her as “The Great One”. Knowing that there is wolf in me, I hold that spirit with me.