Doris Carlson, age 84, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on January 18, 2018 at Oak Park Place in Menasha after complications from COPD. Doris was born in Appleton on March 26, 1933 to the late Harry C. and Minnie (Kemps) Noffke. As a mother of 9 children, Doris poured her heart and soul into the lives of her kids and their families. They carry forward her compassion, her gift of hospitality, her unconditional love, and her desire to draw closer together over a good meal in a full house. Most of all, they hold onto her contagious smile and infectious laugh, and her genuine care for everyone she met.
Doris worked at Valley Orthopedic Clinic as a receptionist, at Rawhide Boys Ranch as a bookkeeper, and at the Appleton Public Library. Prior to her marriage to Bill Coenen, she worked at Appleton Wire Works. She was active in various church activities, was a wonderful cook, loved to travel, had impeccable penmanship, and was always plotting her next Scrabble victory.
She will be missed by her children: Christine (James) Machamer, Waupaca; Joseph (Jane) Coenen, Kaukauna; Richard (Judith) Coenen, Rockford, IL; Robert (Lori) Coenen, Elcho; John (Angela) Coenen, Dale; Suzanne (Paul) Shoberg, Larsen; James (Margret) Coenen, Appleton; and Katherine (James) Fitzgerald, Cincinnati, OH; 23 grandchildren: Jason (Ariel), Becky, Angie (Alex), Nick (Jamie), Tad (Lynn), Sean (Kirsten), Andrew, Lizie, Amy (Todd), Aaron, Ryan, Chris (Mary), Jessa, Anna, Bekka (Mark), Leah (Charley), Emma, Jacob, Alicia, Lydia, Vivian, Shea, and Patrick; 16 great grandchildren: Van, Daniel, Leah, Micah, Eli, Sarah, Sicily, Stella, Henry, Bryce, Hayden, Braelynn, Ashley, Ellie, Avery, and Rosabelle; 2 sisters: Phyllis (Richard) Edge, Appleton and Sister Suzanne Noffke, Racine; 4 brothers: Larry (Joanne) Noffke, Naples, FL; Tom (Lidia) Noffke, Italy; James (Judy) Noffke, Powell, OH; and Steve (Jean) Noffke, Neenah. She is further survived by son-in-law Don (Holly) Nieland, many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Barbara Nieland, Bill Coenen, Ken Carlson, and Jerry May.
A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 am on Friday, January 26, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 1617 W. Pine St., Appleton, with Father Dennis Ryan officiating. Friends may visit from 4 pm to 7 pm on Thursday at the Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel, 606 N. Oneida St., Appleton, and directly at the church on Friday from 9 am until 10:45 am. Interment will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Appleton. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heartland Hospice and the staff at Oak Park Place for the compassionate care shown to Doris.