In 1943 she met the love of her life, Clifford Oertel, who was stationed with the air force in Florida. They married and moved to Racine, WI where they lived the rest of their life. She was married to Cliff until his passing in 1999. Juanita worked at Sentry Food Stores as a bakery manager for over 30 years. Cliff and Juanita traveled several times a year to the south to visit with family.
Juanita is survived by her two sons, Dennis (Dianne) Oertel and C. Michael (Susan) Oertel; three grandchildren, Lisa (Scott) Acker, Melisa (Andrew) Marshall, and Kurt (Jennifer) Oertel. She also leaves behind five great-grandchildren: Brandon, Jonathan and Alyssa Acker, Patrick and Paige Oertel; one sister, Ann Helms of Phenix City, AL; several nieces, nephews and many friends. Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Cliff; her parents; grandson, Eric Oertel; sister, Odessa Hasty; nephew, Jimmy Tatum; numerous aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters-in-law.
Funeral services will be held atOu 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Maresh-Meredith Funeral Home with her nephew Rev. Richard Oertel and Rev. Richard Rogers from Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have been suggested.