THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Mildred Milly Metzler, 90, Oconto Falls, passed away Thursday, March 27 at Sharpe Care there.
Born Nov. 12, 1923 in Ladysmith to William and Edna (Elert) Helmrath, she moved many times with her family in the United States and Canada due to her fathers work in the Paper Mill Industry. As a junior in high school, the family then settled in Oconto Falls where she graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1941. After graduation, she worked as a legal secretary, bookkeeper and specialized in probate matters for Howard Eslien Sr., where she was well known for her 50 plus year career with the firm. On Jan. 31, 1948, she married Ralph Metzler and together they owned and operated Metzlers Sweet Shop, a candy and ice cream parlor in Oconto Falls.
A member of Oconto Falls United Methodist Church, she enjoyed playing bridge, golfing and bowling. The couple helped in the construction of River Island Golf Club in Oconto Falls in the early 1960s.
She is survived by a sister, Erna Schlender, Green Bay; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Helmrath, Baltimore, Md. and Florida; a brother-in-law, Bob Metzler, Green Bay; the entire Eslien family and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ralph in 1990; a brother, William Helmrath; three brothers-in-law, Roland Schlender, Clayton Tony and Harlan Metzler and three sisters-in-law, Alice Metzler, Faye Metzler and Dolores Drafz.
Visitation was held 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 30 at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls. Visitation continued after 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 31 at Oconto Falls United Methodist Church until the time of funeral services at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Jerry Cho officiating. Burial will be along side of her husband, Ralph in Riverside Cemetery, Peshtigo.