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Apollonia Magadanz

January 8, 1940 ~ January 3, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Apollonia Magadanz Obituary

Apollonia “Loni” Magadanz, 83, of Whitewater, WI passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at Mulberry Glen in Whitewater.

Loni was born on January 8, 1940 in Bamberg, Germany the daughter of Christoph and Margareta (Geyer) Dotterweich. She grew up in Bamberg and after completing her schooling, she immigrated to the United States in 1958 on the M. V. Berlin Luxury Liner and settled in Marquette, Michigan. She was united in marriage to Fredric “Fritz” Magadanz and the couple was blessed with five children, Christoph, Jeffrey, John, Margareta and Jason. Loni and Fritz would later divorce and Loni eventually moved out to the Palmyra area in 1987. Loni ran her own cleaning service for the majority of her working career. She worked hard and had a long career, retiring at the age of 70. She cleaned commercially at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and also cleaned homes. She had a strong will and was very independent and capable. Loni also had many interests during her life. In her younger years, she loved to garden and take care of her home. She was an avid sports fan and loved watching sports of all types on TV. She also enjoyed watching the news. Loni was also a history buff and was particularly interested in United States history and the Civil War. One of her great joys in life was her many pet cats. She had a special place in her heart for her cats and kittens and loved them all dearly. Loni was a loving mother to her children and Oma to her grandchildren and she will be dearly missed.

She is survived by: her children, Christoph (Tina) Magadanz of Niagara, WI, Jeffrey (Dick) Magadanz of Vail, AZ, John (Julie) Magadanz of Big Bend, WI, Margareta (Tim) Gray of Fort Atkinson, WI, and Jason (Naomi) of Ripon, WI. She is also survived by her 13 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and her cats.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Georg.

Memorials in Loni’s name may be made to the Lakeland Animal Shelter in lieu of Flowers.

A Funeral Service will be held 12:00 Noon on Monday, January 8, 2024 at the Gibson Family Funeral Home in Palmyra, WI (320 W. Main St. Palmyra, WI 53156). Fr. Patrick Wendler will officiate the service. Visitation will take place from 11:00AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Apollonia will be laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery of Palmyra at a later date.

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January 8, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gibson Family Funeral Homes
320 West Main Street, PO Box 404
Palmyra, WI 53156

Funeral Service
January 8, 2024

12:00 PM
Gibson Family Funeral Homes
320 West Main Street, PO Box 404
Palmyra, WI 53156


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