Agnes Berenz

Agnes “Aggie” M. (Schmitz) Berenz, 98, of New Holstein passed away Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 at Willowdale Health Services in New Holstein with family at her side.

She was born April 13, 1923 near Johnsburg to Leo B. and Alvina (Diedrich) Schmitz. Aggie attended and graduated from St. John Catholic Grade School in Johnsburg.

On April 8, 1947 she married Marvin Berenz at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg. Marvin preceded her in death on July 4, 1989.

Aggie’s first job was helping her father make cheese at his cheese factory located near Wolf Lake. She later worked at Fond du Lac Tent & Awning and Wigwam Glove Factory in Fond du Lac. In 1956 Aggie started working at Tecumseh Engine Products where she was employed for 28 years. After retiring, she volunteered for over 20 years at the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse in New Holstein.

Aggie was a longtime member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in New Holstein. She served on various positions with the Christian Women’s Society, serving as president for 20 years. She was a 25-year member of Catholic Financial Life and a member of International Associated Machinists Retiree Card Club. Aggie bowled for many years with the local Senior Citizens League.

Survivors include her four children, Pat (Paul) Taylor of Queen Creek, Arizona; Sharon deCoster of New Holstein; Allan Berenz of New Holstein; and Audrey (Larry) Dietz of New Holstein; her daughter-in-law, Anne (Mahlberg) Berenz of Sheboygan; her four grandchildren, Ryan, Mindy, Christian and Ross; nine great-grandchildren, Henry, Lucas, Lauren, Harper, Makenna, Camden, Delaney, Reegan and Brayden; two sisters, Leona Stephany of Mount Calvary and Gertrude Merten of Johnsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Leo and Alvina Schmitz; her husband, Marvin; her son, Daniel Berenz; a great-grandson, Logan; a son-in-law, Jef deCoster; and her two brothers and a sister, Clarence Schmitz, Irene Schneider and Patrick Schmitz.

A Liturgy Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1724 Madison St., New Holstein. Aggie will be laid to rest next to her husband, Marvin, in the parish cemetery.

Family and friends may visit with Aggie’s family at the Sippel Funeral Home, 2618 Altona Ave., New Holstein on Thursday, Dec. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. and again at the funeral home Friday morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Aggie’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Willowdale, the Calumet County Hospice, Sr. Dora, Fr. Carl Diederichs, Deacon Pat Knier, Joe Zenk and the Holy Rosary Funeral Choir.

For further details please contact the Sippel Funeral Home in New Holstein at (920) 898-4300 or visit

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