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Roberta Grace

Roberta Grace Kahl (Grace) was born on July 26, 1941, in Estevan, Saskatchewan Canada to Reverend Carl and Theresa Rose Wirth. She joined Jesus in her heavenly home January 10, 2023 at age 81.  She was the loving wife of Darrell G Kahl, Dear mother of Terri Keller Spak (Steven), Tamara Skiba (Mark), Julie Janisch Hubbard and Laurie Krueger.  Grandmother of Amanda Starr Brown, Angela Grace Mann, Joseph Carl Darrell Willut, Neal Spak, Katie Zuniga, Josh Krueger, Bethany Krueger and Kali Hubbard. Great Grandmother of Tyler, Evan, Evan Markie, Manoah, Sarah Grace, Sawyer, CJ, Ethan, Chole, Sophia, Gracie, Angie, Aaron, Alex, Kynslie, Jamison, Jensen.  Sister of Donald Wirth (Julie) and Betty Glendinning. Also survived by a son-in-law Joseph Willut and many other relatives and friends.

Grace attended grade school in Estevan until they were called as a pastoral family to Holloway, MN when Reverend Wirth accepted a call to Trinity Fairfield Church in 1955.  Grace attended high school in Appleton, MN and that is where she met Dale Keller.  They married and were blessed with 2 daughters Terri Annette and Tamara Lynn.  They farmed for the first several years before moving to the Twin Cities and then Milwaukee.  After 12 years of marriage, they decided to go their separate ways.

Grace was then blest to meet Darrell Kahl and were united in marriage on June 12, 1971.  They live in Milwaukee 31 years raising 2 daughters and spending time with Darrell’s daughters Julie and Laurie.

In 1984 Grace and Darrell became grandparents for the first time and the bond between Amanda and her grandmother started immediately. Angela Grace and Joseph Carl Darrell came along not too long afterwards and formed that special bond as well and soon Grace had her first 3 grandchildren that she adored.  She brought them to Jesus and made sure Sunday School was rarely missed.  Soon the tradition of Door County began and for many summers, a week in Door County with Grandma and Grandpa and her brother’s family Don and Julie Wirth began.  So many memories were made because Grace had every detail planned out.

Grace loved music and was the lead female singer in the Country Western band the Nashville Kats for 5 years alongside Darrell as he played the steel guitar.

Grace was a secretary and office manager for over 30 years and formed many special friendships before retiring in 2000.  While she worked full time, she also cared for her very special friend Virginia Vine.

In 2000 they moved to Fountain Hills, AZ and soon Grace had not only special friends and a beautiful church family at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fountain Hills but also cousin Alvina and her husband Beric from Saskatchewan as winter visitors in Mesa every year. Grace got involved with the In Reach program at Trinity where special bonds and friendships formed.  Grace also became a caregiver at several facilities in Fountain Hills.  Fountain Hills became an even better place to retire as her brother Don and his wife Julie moved to Fountain Hills.

Fountain Hills, AZ became the best place to visit for many.  Graces daughter Terri started spending every Christmas in Fountain Hills and summer breaks became even better for her grandson Joey as he would also spend much of his summer there.

Retirement for Grace was not just about entertaining and helping others, she also enjoyed trips with Darrell. Grace loved go on cruises and her favorite trip was to Hawaii.

After 21 years in Arizona Grace and Darrell moved back to Wisconsin to be with family. It was a difficult decision as leaving her brother and so many special friends in Fountain Hills was hard but being with family was needed.  This last year Grace enjoyed seeing her daughters Terri and Tami and her bonus daughters Julie and Laurie several times a week and again special memories will never be forgotten.

Family would like to thank the staff at Castle Senior Living for all the love and special care she received the past year AseraCare Hospice for help in making her final journey home to Jesus a bit easier for her and family.

Family and friends are invited to gather 1 hour prior to the service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Blessed Savior Lutheran Church, 15250 W. Cleveland Ave. New Berlin WI 53151.

There will also be a Memorial Celebration for Grace at Trinity Lutheran Church 13770 N. Fountain Hills Blvd, Fountain Hills AZ 85268 on Saturday February 28, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.


  1. Amelia January 13, 2023 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry your families loss.

  2. Michele January 15, 2023 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Tami I truly will miss Grace. She was a special lady. I enjoyed my time with her. I loved making and hearing her laugh.

  3. Jacki McDowell January 16, 2023 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Forever with her Lord!
    Grace will now be joined with both her sisters, Edwina and Rhoda in there heavenly home.
    She will be sadly missed by her brother in law, Jim Willis and Jacki and Cliff McDowell and families from Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada.
    Our deepest sympathy to the family and sending our love to all

  4. Fred Suess January 16, 2023 at 2:40 pm - Reply


    Grace will be greatly missed, but we know she is now in Heaven with our Lord and Savior dancing on the streets of gold! She played a particularly special and essential role in Technimet’s many years of success. As Office Manager, Grace ensured our employees and clients received the best, most reliable and dependable service on a daily basis. I could always count on Grace to keep the entire business organized – she was more than just an employee and co-worker, she was a true friend and confidant. Our family has, does and always will consider Grace a part of the Suess family, and each of my children worked with or under Grace’s expert guidance. Grace loved people, but more importantly, she loved Jesus. We look forward to seeing Grace again when the Lord calls us home by name. (This picture is from the wonderful birthday party we enjoyed with her in 2021.)

  5. Dawn Doberstei January 19, 2023 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Terri and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May your strong faith and many, many happy memories get you through this most difficult time. May God bless.

  6. Debbie Smith January 20, 2023 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Uncle Darrell, Terri and Tami:
    Sending our deepest sympathies on the loss of your wife/mother, and wishing you comfort during this sad time.
    Aunt Grace touched so many people with her faith and kindness.
    We hope it will comfort you to know that others are missing her right along with you, and sending love and prayers your way.
    Be at peace knowing she is now with her two previously deceased sisters, Edwina and Rhoda. She is not alone.

    Debbie & Barry Smith
    Niagara Falls, Ontario. Canada

  7. Susan Kohlhapp January 21, 2023 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Terri and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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