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Marion Plato, 91, Wautoma

March 28, 2019 GMT

Marion L. Plato, 91, Wautoma, passed away Tuesday morning, March 26, 2019, at Juliette Manor in Berlin.

She was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Beaver Dam, the daughter of William and Emma (Wolf) Ziebell. She married Raymond L. Plato on Sept. 17, 1947, in Beaver Dam. He preceded her in death on Sept. 24, 1994.

Marion was graduated from St. Stephen’s Grade School in 1941 and Beaver Dam High School in 1945. Following marriage, she and her husband resided in the Reeseville/Beaver Dam area until 1959, when they moved to Horicon. They built and operated Country Acres Mobile Home Park until 1972. They moved to rural Wautoma and operated the Browse and Buy Country Discount Store for several years. Later, she worked at Ray’s Closeouts in Hancock until her retirement in 1991.


She enjoyed embroidery, crocheting, sewing, reading, gardening and feeding the birds. She loved butterflies and enjoyed collecting them. She will be fondly remembered as a loving and caring mother. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Wautoma.

Marion is survived by five children, Stephen Plato of Beaver Dam, Steward Plato of West Bend, Jeffrey (Tess) Plato of Berlin, Kathleen Plato of Wautoma, and Terry Plato of Ripon; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Ziebell of Ripon. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two granddaughters, Angie Darling and Amanda Kraus; one great-grandson, Jayden Newell; two daughters-in-law, Joyce Plato and Judy Plato; three sisters, Norma (Vilas) King, Delores (Felix) Scharschmidt, Janet (Richard) Schreier; two brothers, Harvey Ziebell and Orrin (Edna) Ziebell; her sister-in-law, Arlene Ziebell; and her special friend, Ben Ernst Sr.

Visitation will be held Sunday, March 31, from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 3 p.m. at Leikness Funeral Home in Wautoma. The Rev. Rafael Cubilette will officiate and burial will be Richford Cemetery.

The family extends heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Juliette Manor and Agnesian Hospice Hope for the loving and compassionate care of Marion.

Leikness Funeral Home, Wautoma, is serving the family. Visit wautomafuneralhome.com.