MaryJean L. Tolzman

MaryJean L. Tolzman, 94, formerly of Gillett, passed away on Tuesday morning, March 28, 2023 surrounded by her family at Kindred Hearts, Shawano. She was born on March 16, 1929 in the Town of Hartland, daughter of the late Louis Sr. and Florence (Richter) Boettcher.

MaryJean finished school at Slab City and began working at IGA Grocery Store in Bonduel where she met and later married Albert Tolzman on May 1, 1948. He preceded her in death on April 21, 1987. They moved to Gillett where they raised their family. MaryJean worked for Lee Schaal Farms and then Ross McMahon’s Grocery Store. She continued to work there under different owners. MaryJean also worked for Gillett Canning and Parkside Dairy as well as with her sister Lois for Shawano County Housing. During this time, MaryJean was a member of St. John’s in Pulcifer where she was a member of the Ladies Aid and taught Sunday School.  In retirement, MaryJean enjoyed reading, putting puzzles together and making quilts for church. She was currently a member of Faith United Lutheran Church, and the Women of Faith since the Church was built. MaryJean was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1964 and was their Treasurer for many years. She bowled for the Yancy team and was a member of the Hintz homemakers as well as Cub Scout Den Mother. In addition to all of this she also volunteered to bake pies for the Oconto County Fair.

MaryJean is survived by 7children and their spouses: Michael Tolzman, MS, Rosemary (Alvin) Swanson, MN, Brenda (Steve) Krueger, Bonduel, Rev. Brion Tolzman, NE, Scott (Denise) Tolzman, Dodgeville, Kevin (Special Friend, Jan) Tolzman, Sheboygan and Jeffrey (Joy) Tolzman, Gillett; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Lois Wiesnicht, Shawano and Sandi Kavach, Clintonville; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. She was preceded in death by her husband: Albert, her parents: Louis Sr. and Florence Boettcher; one son: James Tolzman; two daughters-in-law: Delores and Michelle; one brother and sister-in-law: Louis Jr. and Rosella Boettcher; and two brothers-in-law: Clarence Runge and George Wiesnicht.

Visitation for MaryJean will be held on Friday evening, March 31, 2023 at the Kuehl Funeral Home, 108 E Main St, Gillett, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. The visitation will continue on Saturday morning, April 1, 2023 at Faith United Lutheran Church, 11465 Old U, Gillett, from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM. Officiating at the Christian Victory Service will be the Rev. John Laatsch. Burial will take place at St, Johns Cemetery, Pulcifer.

Kuehl Funeral Home is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy and memories may be shared with MaryJean’s family by visiting .


  1. Marsha Hoeffs

    To the Tolzman Family, my deepest sympathy. MaryJean was a special person, beautiful, kind, thoughtful, strong in faith. Farewell Cousin. I regret that I cannot participate in her funeral. John and I are vacationing in Arizona.

  2. Audrey Greenwood

    Our sympathy to the Tolzman family. Mary Jean was a kind caring person. We will cherish the time we spent with her.

  3. Mary Janchan

    To all the Tolzman’s. My heart goes out to you all, along with prayers to help deal with your grief. I would attend Maryjeans funeral for a final goodbye, but am in Arizona for another few weeks. Please say my goodbyes for me, she was an awesome mother in law, and I loved her.


  4. Judy Steffen

    So sorry I couldn’t make the funeral. I have a bad cold and didn’t think I should share. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your mother was a great person. My mom enjoyed playing cards with her over the years.

  5. Judy Steffen

    I am sorry I couldn’t make it to the funeral. I have a bad cold that I didn’t want to share. Your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers. Your mom was a great person. My mom enjoyed playing cards with her.

  6. Eisbrenner Family

    Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of MaryJean. May words of encouragement uplift your spirit at this difficult time. MaryJean touched many lives and will be thought of often. Death is never easy but to know she lived a full life with such a loving family and so many close friends is comforting. Something we have personally found to be of great comfort are the thoughts expressed in the Bible at John 5:28 “ all those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus) voice and come out “. May God Jehovah comfort you during this sad time in your life.


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