Fern Echtner

June 21, 1921 ~ July 2, 2020 (age 99)


Fern C. Echtner, 99, of Navarino passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at ThedaCare Appleton with her family by her side. She was born June 21, 1921 to the late Frank and Anna (Krueger) Dingeldein. Fern was a faithful member at Trinity United Church of Christ in Leeman.

She was united in marriage to Marvin W. Echtner on March 4, 1944. He preceded her in death on November 5, 1997. The passenger train depot in Navarino was relocated and remodeled to become the family home in 1949.

Fern loved her flower garden, vegetable garden, baking, her cat, Sadie, and most of all her family. Her memory of being a caring and nurturing wife, mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother lives on with her family.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Donna) Echtner; daughter, Jane (Michael) Shulze; daughter-in-law, Jackie Echtner; five grandchildren: Raymond (Kathy) Echtner, Brian Echtner, James Echtner, Kimberly Echtner, and Eric Shulze; three great-grandchildren: Jackson and Jordan Echtner, and Aidan Echtner; sister, Iris Ebsch; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Raymond Echtner; sisters: Pearl, June, and Marie; brothers: James, Eugene, Frank Jr., and Darby "Max".

Friends may call at Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour, on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

****Fern's family is requesting that EVERYONE attending the visitation at Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home on Tuesday to PLEASE WEAR A MASK, or keep the family in your thoughts and prayers from home. Due to the ongoing public health situation, social distancing rules will be in effect at the visitation.

A private family funeral will be held at Trinity United Church of Christ in Shiocton.

Online condolences may be expressed to Fern's family at

Thank you to nurses and staff at ThedaCare Appleton Medical Center. A special thank you to Sharel Hartlaben.

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July 7, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home
358 S. Main Street
Seymour, WI 54165

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