Della Florence Metzger, the daughter of Christian and Lena (Nester) Kellenberger, was born May 16, 1922, at Rock Rapids. She grew up and attended country school near Lester.
She married Silas Wilmer Metzger on Aug. 31, 1946. They lived and farmed in the West Bend and Whittemore areas, then they retired to a home in Whittemore and later moved to the retirement apartments in West Bend. Della entered the West Bend Care Facility in 2016.
She was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church of West Bend. Silas and Della were baptized Sept. 6, 1954. Della enjoyed her family, grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She found joy in sharing food with many, and her flowers were always a special part of her life.
She is survived by her eight children: Gloria (Norman) Stahl of Lemont, IL; Leland (Kathy) Metzger of Whittemore; Sharon (James) Fehr of West Bend; Marlene (Ken) Banwart of West Bend; Jerry (Joy) Metzger of Whittemore; Lyla (Curt) Frank of LaCrosse, Ind.; Roy (Angela) Metzger of Whittemore; and Lonnie (Kevin) Fehr of Whittemore; 40 grandchildren, 100 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by three sisters-in-law: Edith Kellenberger, Darlene Metzger and Rosie Metzger. Preceding her in death was her husband Silas in 2007; two grandsons Justin Metzger and Rick Banwart; three great-grandchildren, Jace Knapp, Carson Plattner, Anna Banwart; her parents; and six siblings: Salome, Viola, Henry, Alice, Ernest and Elgeva.