Sarah (Sally) Louise Hertting, age 94, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 in the comfort of her home with family by her side. Sally was the daughter of the late Frederick and Maebelle Sell and was born in Helena, MT, on December 27, 1928. Sally was a loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Sally graduated from Carlton College with a degree in Psychology. She committed to being a lifelong student, taking various courses throughout her adult life and especially enjoyed Good Ideas at the former UWMC. Starting her career at the former Wausau Insurance, she met her husband Carl (an intern at the time) during a local happy hour hosted at the Mint Cafe. Married in 1951, Carl and Sally celebrated 70 years together before he passed away almost exactly a year ago, on February, 13, 2022. Together they had six children: Kathy (Daniel) Ohrmundt, Susan (Jon) Shilling, Laurie (Clyde) Joyce, Michael Hertting, Karen (Greg) Harter, and Scott (Robin) Hertting. Carl’s career took them to Chicago, Indianapolis and then back to Wausau in 1966.
Sally’s early years were focused on taking care of their children. Throughout her life, Sally proudly established herself as a golfer, natural poet, world traveler, community hospital volunteer, cross country skier, bowler, member of St John's Church, voracious reader and loyal friend to so many who had the blessing to know her.
Sally was a grandmother to 13: Kathy and Dan’s Children, Amy (Joshua) Hutchinson, and Katie (Jeremiah) Boughton. Susan and Jon’s Children: Casey (Dan Lyman) Shilling, Matthew (Laura) Shilling, and Allison (Jonny) Grenier. Laurie and Clyde’s children: Spencer (Abbie) Joyce, and Andrew (Elise) Joyce. Karen and Greg’s Children: Adam and Cora Harter. Scott and Robin’s children: Greysen Hertting, Hazel (Evan) Benner Hertting, Iris Hertting and Jude Hertting. Sally had 8 great grandchildren. Sally’s only sibling, Fritz Sell, preceded her in death. Sally is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins
Sally’s family extends gratitude to her neighbors who showed Sally so much kindness and the caregivers from TLC for Seniors, LLC. who took such good care of her.
There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, March 4th, 11:00 am (visitation 10:00 am) at St. John’s Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Marathon County Public Library or a charity of your choice in Sally’s honor.