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Ethel Mae Macaux

April 18, 1923 — October 13, 2023

Ethel Macaux, passed on October 13, 2023, at age 100 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. Ethel was born in Green Bay on April 8, 1923, and is the daughter of the late Eunice (Darr) and Henry Jahnke.

Ethel graduated from East Green Bay High School in 1941 and later in life took history courses at UWGB. After years of being a full-time homemaker, Ethel worked as a State Supervisor with Welcome Wagon, and in professional job placement services. Later she became active in volunteering, doing fundraising for the YMCA in Allouez, Neville Public Museum, and the Brown County Republican Party, serving as County Chairperson for three terms in the 1970's, and served a term on the Brown County Board of ADRC. Ethel was very skilled at knitting, a craft she learned as a child. She thoroughly enjoyed knitting sweaters for her children and grandchildren and loved to help others learn to knit.

Special friends were her friends from the YMCA water aerobics class, Gemma, who preceded her in death, and Doris, a lifetime friend from Preble. Glen and Ethel played couples bridge for decades and loved dancing and camping in their Airstream in Door County. Ethel continued playing bridge into her 90s. She was a great fan of the Packers, Brewers, and Badgers. Later in life, Ethel remained a cheerful, outgoing, and active person, never losing her zest for life. She enjoyed walking, watching birds and loved trees and spoke of their changing beauty through the seasons. She thrived on visiting with others, and she was so grateful to her granddaughter Lisa for assuming care for her beloved Kittie when she was no longer able to do so in the last two years. She resided at Oak Park Place at the time of her passing.

She was very proud of her children and thoroughly enjoyed times spent with them and their children. She was baptized, confirmed, and married on May 27, 1944, in Grace Lutheran Church, Green Bay. While raising their five children Glen and Ethel and their children were all active members at Grace.

She is survived by her beloved five children Robert (Pamela), Mary Schuster, William (Janice), Ann Swift (Duanne), and Carol Roen (Mos), and 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Glen J. Macaux on December 4, 2003, by brothers Norman, Earle, Ellis, Urban, and Richard and their wives, and by her grandson Michael Macaux.

The family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to both the staff at Oak Place Park and the staff at Aurora BayCare Medical Center for the gracious care she received there.

Visitation will be at Cotter Funeral Home, 860 N Webster Avenue, De Pere, WI, on Wednesday, October 18 from 2 pm to 4 pm with a funeral service at 4 pm. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Green Bay at a later date.

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