Ethel C. Vieth, 93, 2900 3rd Ave S., Escanaba, passed away on
Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba.
She was born on July 28, 1921 in Medford, WI, daughter of Fred and Mable (Penn) Harris. Ethel was raised in Medford and moved many times during the depression years in Wisconsin and Illinois. Finally settling in 1940 and graduating high school in Dorchester, WI.
As a young girl, Ethel helped on the family farm. She candled eggs and was also employed at a wood working shop. Eventually she owned and operated a catering service with her friend, Nellie Tischendorf. Finally, she worked for Skerbeck Carnival traveling and making new friends and having all her grandchildren and nine great grandchildren around her.
On May 3, 1952, Ethel married Reuben Vieth. He preceded her in death.
Ethel enjoyed cooking, reading, crafts, bible study, traveling with the carnival and being with her great grandchildren.
She was an active member of Salem United Methodist Church in Dorchester. She taught Sunday school and was the church’s financial secretary. Ethel was also active in the Ladies Aid Society, Girl Scout Leadership, and participated in the Lucky 13 homemaker’s club. Since moving to Escanaba to be near her family, she has been a member of First United Methodist Church.
Among survivors include his daughter, Debra (Joe) Skerbeck of Escanaba; and she was a second mom to Mary (Skerbeck) Edwards; grandchildren, Jamie (Sonja) Skerbeck, Tory (John) Burrows, Niki Skerbeck; nine great grandchildren, Joe, Sophia, Nick Skerbeck, Logan, Ava, Piper, Finn and Henry Burrows and Roman Zeise. She was a special “grandma” to Bob Skerbeck, Dustin and Cindy Skerbeck, Carly Skerbeck and a special great grandma to Dusty Skerbeck.
She was preceded in death by sisters, Ellen Pierce, Grace Wigstadt, Beatrice Krohn and Lottie Harris; brothers, Linwood Harris, John Harris and Ralph Harris.
Visitation will be on Friday, December 5th from 10 a.m. to noon at First United Methodist Church in Escanaba. The service will start at noon with Pastor Carmen Minarik and retired Pastor Bob Linaberry-Charris officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bishop Noa Home, First United Methodist Church or Holy Name School.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the family of Ethel Vieth.