Betty Markgraf, of Antigo, died Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at home. She was 91 years old. She was born on October 21, 1929, in Laona, a daughter of Matt and Rose (Mihalko) Kemmer. She married Robert "Rozzie" Markgraf on January 22, 1952. He preceded her in death in 1970.
She attended St. John Parochial School and graduated from Antigo High School.
She and her husband owned and operated Markey's Bar (currently Heartbreakers) for 40 years. She was also employed in Antigo at the Dime Store and Montgomery Wards in the 1940's followed by Arrowoodhead News in the early 1950's. She worked at Kasson's Drive-Inn from 1964 to 1968. Mrs. Markgraf had a long career at Clermont Printing retiring in 1991.
She was a member of the Leland-Tollefson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2653 - Auxillary, SS Mary and Hyacinth Catholic Church and its prayer chain.
She loved gardening, watching birds, crafts, baking and cooking.
Survivors include a daughter, Candace (Steve) Mattern, Fairfield, California; four sons, Buzz (Janelle) Markgraf, Antigo, Scott Markgraf, Antigo, Randy (Libby) Markgraf, Jacksonville, Florida, Kip Markgraf, California; two sisters, Mary Ann Crawford, Antigo, Shirley (Jack) Harder, Antigo; a brother, Dick (Charlene) Kemmer, Antigo; eleven grandchildren Ty Mattern, Sean (Katie) Mattern, Ashley (Todd) Diehl, Tessa (Michael) Thompson, Shanna Koeppel, Rozzi Markgraf, Amanda (Jake) Bockes, Katie (Pete) Korbisch, Seth (Jeanna) Markgraf, Harbor Jones, Alexandra (Ronald) Hill ; 21 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren and a brother, Bob Kemmer.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 26, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at SS Mary & Hyacinth Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Hoffmann officiating.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday February 25, 2021, at the Bradley Funeral Home and 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday at Bradley Funeral Home. A parish wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday also at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to SS Mary and Hyacinth Catholic Church 819 Third Ave Antigo, WI 54409.
Antigo, WI 54409
Antigo, WI 54409
Antigo, Wisconsin 54409
My sincere condolences to the family of Betty. I met her a few times and she made you feel like family. She took me back to memories of my mom because she was so soft spoken and gentle. They don’t make moms like Betty too often these days! God Bless Her in Heaven 🙏
Good bye Betty, you will be missed. I think you had to be the last of The Lost 40 group. My sympathies to your children and family.
Offering Sympathies to Betty's Family. So sorry for the loss of such a sweet soul. Rest in Peace Betty.
I am so very sorry to hear of this loss! Betty, you were a joy to visit with and it was truly a privilege to have know your family and you. My heart goes out to all & I send HOPE that your memories will allow you some comfort in this difficult time!
Yours in HOPE!
Jill Lewandowski & The Entire Hands with Heart Care Team!
My deepest condolences to Betty's family ❤ I've been honored over the past 15 years to have gotten to know Betty. Her laughter was contagious. I loved listening to her stories. Praying your precious memories give you comfort during this difficult time.
It’s hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of a well-lived life. Sorry for your loss.
My heartfelt condolences to the entire extended family. Betty was always a joy to be around. May God grant you all peace and comfort through this difficult time.
Buzz and Janelle So for your loss