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Ellen "Ellie" M. Duerr

June 24, 1923 ~ February 17, 2021 (age 97)


Ellen M. “Ellie” Duerr, 97, formerly of Athens, died Wednesday February 17, 2021 in Medford under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.


She was born June 24, 1923, in Athens, daughter of the late Henry and Alma (Hardt) Neumann.  On June 6, 1944 she married Clarence Duerr in Milwaukee.  Prior to their retirement, Ellie and Clarence farmed in the town of Goodrich.  Among her favorite pastimes, Ellie enjoyed card playing and had been a member of the Senior Citizens Card Group.  She made the best molasses cookies and was the queen of coloring at Cedar Lane apartments where she lived.


Survivors include her daughters, Dolly Schreiner, Athens, Sharon (Rich) Bowen, Amherst, Barbara Martin, Medford, Cindy (Jim) Bondowski, Grand Marsh; sons, Jim (Dolly) Duerr, Medford, Randy (Brenda) Duerr, Hartford City, Indiana,

18 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, 22 great great grandchildren; sisters, Mildred Lindner, Rib Lake, Jerda (Robert) Kallenbach, Medford.


Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon and five sisters, Esther, Sadie Tina, Leona and Hilda, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


Private funeral services will be Sunday February 28, 2021 at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens.  Rev. Kenneth Bittorf will officiate.  Burial will be in the Athens Cemetery.  Public visitation will be on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services all at the Athens funeral home.  Social distancing protocols will be in place and masks are required for all in attendance.  Funeral services will be live streamed on the Peterson/Kraemer Facebook page at 1:00 p.m. Sunday or for later viewing on the website at


Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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February 28, 2021

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home
312 Caroline Street
Athens, WI 54411

Private Service

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home
312 Caroline Street
Athens, WI 54411

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