Verna H. Groene
Mrs. Verna H. Groene, age 98, passed away Sunday evening, March 4, 2018 at Prairie Crossing in Sheboygan Falls, her home of the last 10 months.
Verna was born September 13, 1919 in Howards Grove, the daughter of Oscar and Anna (nee Werthmann) Heusterberg. She graduated from Howards Grove High School in 1937. On January 18, 1947, she was united in marriage with Roland Groene and moved into his family farm in rural Sheboygan Falls.
Verna was a long-time member of Saron UCC where she had been active with the Lady’s Aid. She appreciated the quiet, simple, rural life on the farm, and continued to work in her flower beds into her 90’s. Hers was a life well lived, and a job well done.
Verna is survived by her daughter Susan (Thomas) Hailer of Sheboygan Falls, daughter-in-law Nancy Groene of Savage, MN, grandchildren Sara (fiancé Mike Alovera) and Matthew Groene, sisters Evelyn Sprenger and Adela Damrow, both of Howards Grove, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roland, son Charles, brother Fred (Esther) Heusterberg, sister Ruby (Roland) Schomberg and brothers-in-law Lester Sprenger and Adrian Damrow.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:30AM on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Saron United Church of Christ, W3830 Cty Hwy J in the town of Sheboygan Falls. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the church on Saturday from 10:00-11:30AM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Saron UCC Memorial Fund.
The family would like to thank the staff of Prairie Crossing for welcoming Verna into her new home, and allowing her to feel safe and comfortable. She loved her time there. They would also like to thank Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for their compassionate care over the last two weeks.
Zimmer Westview Funeral and Cremation Care Center is assisting the family with arrangements.
Wendy Ann Lensen
Wendy Ann Lensen, 49, of Cascade, passed away early Tuesday morning, March 6, 2018 with her family by her side following a courageous fight with ovarian cancer.
Born May 13, 1968 in Sheboygan, Wendy was the daughter of Randall and Katherine Schmeda Lensen. She attended Lyman Elementary School, Horace Mann Middle School and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1986. She continued her education at Kansas State University, U.W. Platteville and at Lakeshore Technical College.
Wendy began her career in Hospitality at the Sports Core and Blackwolf Run in Kohler. She had finally found her love in Hospitality. She found new friends, many of which became lifelong companions. She became part of their family and they of her’s, even participating in births of their children and becoming God-mother to many. You see, she dearly loved children even though she had no “human” children of her own. She always remembered the “Golfers” and “locals” who came to Blackwolf to “her” bar. She knew what their favorite cocktails were and made sure they had a memorable experience.
In 2005 she found her forever home at Trattoria Stefano’s. Stefano and Whitney welcomed her to their family and the restaurant family. The staff was not just staff; they became her extended family and dear friends. She blossomed at Stefano’s, met many forever friends. She made the many restaurant patrons feel welcome and at home. She made sure their needs were met, talked about their family and interests, making sure they knew serving them was not just her job, but her passion and wanted to share that passion with them. She greeted all with her smile. Stefano and Whitney gave her the opportunity to travel around the country bringing new experiences to enhance her duties at the restaurants. The trip to Italy, Stefano and Whitney provided, was the high light of her travels.
She loved to travel, especially to warm places with many friends she met at the restaurants like St. Thomas, Jamaica, The Dominican Republic and Brazil. She especially loved shopping, jewelry and her closets full of shoes. No matter how she felt, she will always be remembered for her sense of style, her laughter and her smile. One of her greatest gifts was her ability to make strangers feel like family.
Her life became complete with the addition of her only nephew, Nicholas and the adoption of her constant companion, her dog, Gradie. Mention of either of their names, caused her to pull out her phone and share with you her many pictures of Nicholas and Gradie.
Wendy is survived by her mom and dad, Kathie and Randy Lensen, Cascade; her brother, Tim (Sherri) Lensen, Sheboygan; her nephew, Nick Lensen, Sheboygan; aunts and uncles, Edward Schmeda, Appleton, William (Marlene) Schmeda, Green Bay, JoAnn Schmeda, Random Lake, and David (Mary Lynn) Schmeda, Green Bay; numerous cousins, God children, other relatives and many friends. She is further survived by her best friend, Gradie.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Edward and Elaine Schmeda, her paternal grandparents, Tony and Mary Green, and her aunt, Judith Sagar.
Services for Wendy will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1132 Superior Avenue. Fr. Dan Lesecki will officiate. Family and friends are welcome at the Olson Funeral Home on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service. Immediately following, a reception to celebrate Wendy’s life will take place at Trattoria Stefano’s.
A memorial fund has been established in her name for Morris Animal Foundation 3000 Strong, the Sheboygan County Humane Society, Pink Heels and the Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
The family would like to thank her new best friend, Dr. Mark Bettag and his staff at the Sheboygan Cancer & Blood Specialists. Also to the nurses and staff of St. Nicholas Hospital, especially Kris Cvetan, and her surgeon, Dr. Denise Uyar at Froedtert Hospital & Medical College of Wisconsin for all of their loving care and support.
The Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Service has been entrusted with Wendy’s arrangements.
Irma Emma Arnoldi
Irma Emma Arnoldi, 94, of Sheboygan Falls, passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.
Irma was born on September 19, 1923, in Town of Sheboygan to Louis and Amilie (Garbe) Schueffner. She was a 1941 graduate of Sheboygan Falls High School. On September 11, 1943, Irma married LeRoy “Pete” Arnoldi in Sheboygan. He preceded her in death on June 7, 1991. Irma worked on the family farm alongside Pete. Irma was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls.
Irma is survived by her two daughters, Carol (Steve) Bell of Port Washington and Gail (Mark) Mellinger of Manitowoc; one daughter-in-law, Diane Arnoldi of Sheboygan Falls; seven grandchildren, Tracy Arens, Todd Arnoldi, Tim (Jackie) Arnoldi, Chad Bell, Kristin (Andrew) Althoff, Aaron (Michelle) Nelson, Angela (Dan) Morrelle; 14 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Ralph Arenz. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Irma was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy; one son, Ronald Arnoldi; her parents; and one sister, Myra (Elton) Strauss.
A funeral service to celebrate Irma’s life will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018, at 2pm at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls with Rev. Elizabeth Jaeger officiating. A burial will take place at St. Lucas Cemetery in the Town of Sheboygan Falls.
Relatives and friends may greet the family at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 12pm until the time of service at 2pm.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in her name for Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for all their care and compassion that they gave to Irma.
For online condolences and additional information please visit wenigfh.com.
The Wenig Funeral Home of Sheboygan Falls (920-467-3431) is serving the Arnoldi family with arrangements.