John Sahli, 1912 - 1998

John Sahli Obituary as it appeared in the Appleton Post-Cresent

John Sahli
3201E. Parkside Blvd. Apt. 59
Appleton, Wisconsin

Age 85, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 1998 of pancreatic cancer. He was born September 17, 1912 in Hague, North Dakota, the son of the late Joseph and Magdalena (Kocher) Sahli. After college he married Esther Sautter in Linton, North Dakota where he was employed as manager of a field office for the Federal Land Bank of St. Paul. In 1945, John and the family moved to Menasha, Wisconsin and bought the stock and fixtures of the Hotel Menasha and operated it along with his brother, Pete for several years. After selling the business, he worked for the then National Manufacturers Bank of Neenah for a few years, then accepted a job the the City of Neenah as deputy clerk and comptroller, retiring in 1975 after 19 years of service, the last six years being that of Director of Finance and Treasurer. John then took over the operation of the City of Neenah Employees Credit Union as president and treasurer, retiring from that position in 1982. He also served as secretary for the Neenah-Menasha Area Credit Union Chapter for nine years. John was a member of Sacred Heart Parish for over 22 years.

He is survived by his present wife, Dolores Wisnet, who he married in June of 1994. He is also survived by seven sons and six daughters-in-law: John Sahli and his friend, Judy Tolley, Milwaukee; James and Gail Sahli, Amherst, Virginia; Paul and Carole Sahli, Pensacola, Florida; Thomas and Kathy Sahli, Appleton; David and Connie Sahli, Milwaukee; Robert and Sandra Sahli, Neenah; and Steven and Ninfa Sahli, Odenton, Maryland; a sister and brother-in-law, Julie and Donald Kelvie, Lakeland, Florida and Minneapolis; a brother, Frank Sahli, Fergus Falls, Minnesota; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by two stepsons: Jeffrey (Shirley) Wisnet, Town of Harrison and Joseph (Debbie) Wisnet, Appleton; four step-grandchildren. Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by his first wife, Esther in January of 1992, two brothers and three sisters. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 1998 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 222 E. Fremont St. with Rev. William Kuhr officiating. Friends may call at the Brettschneider-Trettin-Lederer Funeral Chapel from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday and then directly at the church from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the time of the service. Interment will be in Highland Memorial Park. The Parish prayer service will be held a 7 p.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

“A beautiful life that came to an end, he died as he lived, everyone”s friend. In our hearts a memory will always be kept, of one we loved, and will never forget.”

Dearest John. The saying goes “you die as you have lived”. This is so true. You were always such a perfect gentleman and loved by this world. You have been such an inspiration to all and I loved your beautiful family. Together we have grown in our love for the Lord. I will truly miss you always. I know for every bouquet God picks a rose. That rose is beautiful you. You’ve been taken from our arms only to rest in the arms of Jesus. Good-bye, Dolores.

Brettschnieder-Trettin-Lederer, 606 N. Oneida St., Appleton, Wisconsin