Harry Anthony Rothe

Harry Anthony Rothe, 92, passed away peacefully at home under hospice care on Saturday, June 1, 2024, six weeks after the passing of his beloved wife, Carole. He was surrounded by the loving devotion of his son Corey, his sister Mary Rothe, his sister-in-law Sandra McDonald, and many close family and friends.

Harry Jr. was born on February 17, 1932, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to Harry and Rose (Jungwirth) Rothe. His mother worked as a surgical nurse, and his father was a policeman. After his mother’s passing in 1936, he and his siblings were lovingly cared for by his father’s sister, Martha Schurrer, and her husband Tony.

In 1941, Harry’s father remarried Helen Hofstaedter, and Harry began a new family life. He graduated from North High School in Sheboygan in 1950 and joined the Navy, serving in various locations including South Carolina, Florida, and Korea as a frogman and team medic. After his honorable discharge in 1954, Harry attended college in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where he met Carole Fabich. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Wisconsin State College (UWSP) in 1956.

Harry and Carole married on June 21, 1958, in Stevens Point and settled in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, where they raised their two sons, Curtis and Corey. Harry worked as a social worker at the Rusk County Courthouse for 37 years before retiring to Plover, Wisconsin, in 1998.

Harry enjoyed family vacations, trout fishing, deer hunting, wood carving, and oil painting. He was an elder in the Ladysmith and Plover congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was known for his positive and kind personality.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Carole, and his eldest son Curtis. He is survived by his son Corey, his sister Mary, and extended family including his sister-in-law Sandra McDonald, and nieces Jodi McDonald, Susan Mandt, Terri Laszewski, and Karen Kelly.

The family extends special thanks to Aspirus Hospice staff and Harry’s hospice nurse and grand-nephew, Spencer Laszewski, for their compassionate care. A memorial for Harry and Carole will be held via Zoom at a later date.