Ethel Nietschke


April 15, 1928 - July 21, 2018

Ethel Pearl Nietschke, 90,  passed away peacefully in her hometown, Lodi, surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, July 21, 2018.  She was born in Lodi, CA on April 15, 1928 to Albert and Bertha Nies.

In 1948, Ethel became the Lodi Grape Festival Queen celebrating the 100th anniversary of the California Gold Rush.  She was a homemaker, taking care of a ranch outside Lodi for over 50 years.  She took up oil painting in her later years and was commissioned by many to do specialty subject paintings.

Ethel is survived by two daughters, Gayle Stroble and Debra Charlberg, three grandchildren Nickolas Bryant, Ashley Upshaw and Andrew Upshaw, also survived by seven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by husband Paul Nietschke, parents Albert and Bertha Nies, son Kenneth Nietschke, and grandchild Kari Lynn.

Memorial contributions can be made to Dementia Society of America.

Funeral services will be held 9:00 am on Friday, July 27th, 2018 at the Chapel of Flowers at Cherokee Memorial Park, Hwy 99 and Harney Lane, in Lodi.

Cherokee Memorial is honored to serve the Nietschke family.

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