Mary Helen Nottleman Treptow (née Gottschalk) was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus on Saturday, November 2, 2019. She succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 75. Cremation and interment will be at Fort Howard Memorial Park Cemetery, 1350 N Military Ave, Green Bay, WI. A memorial service to offer respect for the life of Mary will be Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 2 PM in the Malcore Funeral Home East, 701 N Baird St, Green Bay, WI.
Mary was born December 29, 1943, to the late Gilbert Emil and Helen Ione Gottschalk (née Huntington) in Shawano, Wisconsin and graduated Shawano High School in 1961. From a young age, she always held compassion for people and went on to further her education by earning a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She became best known for her caring, happy, fun-loving spirit with a sense of humor. Mary loved to laugh and laugh often. She married George A. Nottleman and together they had two wonderful children. She always loved staring at the stars and was said to fall asleep in the family Pinto gazing up to the sky. Perhaps Mary wondered which star might be her mother, whom she never knew, because her own mother died when she was younger than two years old. (Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder which diamond you are.) She loved to sing and had a beautifully soft and gentle voice. She also gave the warmest hugs that were enfolded with affection. Mary always smelled very soft and loved to douse herself with her favorite perfume, Chanel #5. Sadly, Mary developed (or inherited) what would become Chronic Schizophrenia at some point in her late 20’s/early 30’s. This is a long-term mental disorder that disrupts thought, emotion, and behavior. It is very disabling with an enduring syndrome of delusions, hallucinations, flatness of affect, poverty of speech, or incoherence of speech. This disease for family to deal with was difficult, but her brother stuck with her through the years and saw her through to the end.
She is survived by her children, Karry Kay Saxton of Lufkin, TX and Michael James (Nick) of Columbus, GA; four grandchildren, Melissa, MacKenzie, Erica, Michael Jr; and great-grandchild, Zoe; her devoted brother and sister-in-law, John (Marilyn) Gottschalk of Madison, WI; half-sister Vicki (Jeffrey) Druckrey of Green Bay, WI ; two nieces, AnnaMaria Casper and Rosalyn (Gary) Molz; three nephews, Keith (Candice) Gottschalk, Gregory Gottschalk, and James Gottschalk; six great-nieces; four great-nephews; three great-great nephews; and one great-great niece; and many cousins. Preceding her in death were her parents; Aunts and Uncles, Aurelia (James) Wanie of Shawano, WI, Urban (Lois) Gottschalk of Shawano, WI; and LaVerne (Harold) Kroll of Seymour, WI; as well as her former husbands, George A. Nottleman of Lufkin, Texas; and William T. Treptow of Sturgeon Bay, WI.
Mary’s brother and sister-in-law extend great gratitude to the staff at Eden Brook Nursing Home who brought sunshine to her days and also to Jackie from Professional Guardianship as her careful guardian for many years.
In lieu of flowers, please send prayers for the repose of Mary’s soul, for all those who suffer mental illness, and to ask God for help in giving us the courage to speak for them when they are unable to do it for themselves.