Friday, April 19, 2013

Florence E. “Dolly” Piller

Florence E. “Dolly” Piller, Stetsonville, died on Thursday, April 18 at Medford Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center where she resided for the past seven months, surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 22 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville with Father Fredrick Brost officiating. Interment will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford. Pallbearers are Steven Piller, Scott Piller, Robert Piller, Brian Piller, Randy Elliott and Jake Brock.

Visitation will be held at the church on Monday from 9 a.m. until 10.45 a.m. Monday, April 22 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville. Hemer Funeral Home of Medford assisted the family with arrangements. 

Florence was born on July 1, 1928 in Medford, to the late Henry and Elizabeth Schwarting (Maiden Name: McHale).  She attended Medford area schools.   In 1942 she married Robert H. Piller.  On December 26th, 2012, they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. 

In 1967 they relocated to Illinois, where they lived for 23 years.  In 1990, they moved back to Stetsonville where they owned and operated Partners Bar and Restaurant.  In 1994 they finally retired and continued to live in Stetsonville. Dolly enjoyed reading, cooking, baking, trips to the casino and her family.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville. She was a proud member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in Sycamore, Illinois, She cooked for numerous weddings, banquets and parties where her potato salad made her famous.

Survivors include her husband Robert of Stetsonville; four sons, Gary of Medford, Bruce of Fond du Lac, Mark (Debbie) of  West Fargo, North Dakota and Rocky (Debbie) of Crystal Lake, Illinois;  two daughters, Betty Elliott (Dennis) of Cortland, Illinois and Lynn Retherford (Doug) of DeKalb, Illinois, daughter in law Dora Piller, Schaumburg, Illinois; 16 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Florence was preceded in death by her children, Donna and Dennis (Butch), parents, Henry and Elizabeth, one brother, Henry Schwarting; three sisters, Linda Piller, Doris Rabska, and Elsie Blank.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hope Hospice, 537 W. Broadway, Medford, Wisconsin.  Online condolences can be made at