Obit: Wilsmann, Elizabeth F. #2 (1936 - 2013)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Wilsmann, Putzel, Holt, Decorah, Ciezki, Opelt, Harnisch, Melde, Bartelson, Wachholz, Zank, Armitage, Gault, Reineck, Poziombke, Brown

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 1/16/2013

Wilsmann, Elizabeth F. (1 September 1936 - 10 January 2013)

Elizabeth Wilsmann, 76, of Neillsville died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.

Elizabeth F. Holt was born Sept. 1, 1936, in Greenwood, the daughter of Edward Earl and Bertha Albina (Putzel) Holt. She attended school in Loyal and graduated from Loyal High School in 1954. Elizabeth worked in the banking industry for several years, including serving as vice president at the Neillsville Bank. She also worked with the Green Thumb program in Clark County, at the Family Heritage Nursing Home in Black River Falls and currently was claims coordinator at Security Health in Marshfield.

Elizabeth was united in marriage to Robert Wilsmann, Sr., Nov. 6, 1954, in Neillsville. She was a member of the United Church of Christ and the Neillsville Saddle Tramps Horse Club. She loved riding horses, and she enjoyed traveling out west and hunting. Most of all she loved spending time with her family; she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt.

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends and will be in our hearts forever. “You were always the strength of our family. Now we must let you rest calmly. As we say goodbye, as tears roll down our eyes, we know you have a special place in heaven.”

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Ann Wilsmann of Neillsville; one son, Robert James (Sharon) Wilsmann, Jr., of Neillsville; six grandchildren, Emmalee, Calli and Tye (Sara) Decorah, Rebecca Lynn (Jeffrey) Ciezki, Timothy James (Terrie) Wilsmann and Stephanie Nicole Wilsmann; nine great-grandchildren, twins Landon Robert and Logan Bradley Ciezki, Kahlea Jade and Aiden Leslie Decorah, Kaelyn Lang and Bailee Ciezki, Tanner, Taylor and Tori Opelt; a brother, James E. Holt of Black River Falls; a sister-in-law, Dixie Holt of Spencer; a brother-in-law, Bill Wilsmann and family of Marshfield, three nieces, Sherry (Tom Harnisch) Holt, Shelly (Gary) Holt Melde, Amy Holt Bartelson; one nephew, Stacy Holt, along with several great nephews and nieces.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; a brother, Richard Holt; three sisters-in-law, Cheryl Holt, Evelyn Wachholz and Lucille Wilsmann; and one brother-in-law, Armond Wachholz.

Funeral services for Elizabeth were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville, with visitation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gesche Funeral home in Neillsville and one hour prior to the service at the church Sunday. Pastor Bill Brown officiated. Music was provided by Eileen Zank and Corrine Armitage, soloist. Interment was made in the Neillsville City Cemetery.

Casketbearers were: Timothy James Wilsmann, Jeffrey Ciezki, Stacy Holt, Randy Gault, Randy Reineck and Michael Poziombke.

Online condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home assisted Elizabeth’s family with funeral arrangements.





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