Nettie Gladys McGee

Nettie Mcgee

Nettie Gladys McGee, age 65, passed away, at home on the land that she loved, on Saturday, August 20, 2022. She was born in Appleton, WI on January 27, 1957, to parents, James and Phyllis (Burmeister) Duquette.

Nettie graduated from Appleton West high school in 1975 and attended Harry S. Truman College in Chicago. She went on to do a variety of work before landing on activism as her calling. Her drive to activism took place in 2005 during the time that both of her sons were serving in Iraq. She found the importance in doing what was within her power.

During her impressive and dedicated career, she was a devoted campaigner for Vered Meltzer, Mike McCabe, as well as Nate Wolff, among others. She supported the missions and politics of a favorite podcast: Unf*cking The Republic (UNFTR). Nettie was passionate about environmental justice and societal equality. She was a strong advocate for women’s health and Planned Parenthood. She participated in numerous protests, fighting for the rights of Native American people, tribes, and land; from which she developed a deep relationship and spiritual connection to Native culture. She had a love for gardening and a respect for nature. In community with the Art League in New London, she participated as a volunteer to create mural paintings. Although Nettie will be sadly missed by her family and friends, the lessons she taught and the fights she fought will continue to inspire.

Nettie is survived by her husband of forty years, Romen McGee; sons, Mike McGee, and Martin (Kayleigh) McGee; granddaughters, Murphy and Maven; mother, Phyllis Duquette; brother, Jim Duquette; sisters, Brenda McCormick and Tina (Judy) Duquette; along with cousins, one niece, one nephew, other loving family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Duquette.

A private service honoring the life of Nettie will be held at Natural Path Sanctuary in Verona, WI ( In lieu of flowers, please consider donating on facebook to: Nettie’s Departure.

To view and sign her guestbook, please visit:
Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Verona Chapel
220 Enterprise Drive