Obit: Waldhart, Anita H. (1922 - 2012)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt

Surnames: Babler, Baregi, Dietze, Fawely, Janda, Marriott, Patterson, Paur, Pongratz, Ruesch, Strankman, Vircks, Waldhart, Zenner

----Source: The Star News (Medford, WI) 08/02/2012

Waldhart, Anita H. (Strankman) (15 AUG 1922 - 30 JUL 2012)

Former Medford resident Anita H. Waldhart, 89, Abbotsford, died on Monday, July 30 at Golden LivingCenter/Continental Manor in Abbotsford, where she had resided the past 10 months.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stetsonville, with Rev. James Babler officiating. Burial will be at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Stetsonville. Pallbearers are Lincoln Vircks, Kevin Waldhart, Jayce Patterson, Tyler and Braeden Paur and M. J. Zenner.

Visitation will be held at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford on Thursday, Aug. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m., and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

The former Anita Strankman was born on August 15, 1922 in Medstead, Saskatchewan, Canada, to the late Henry W. and Mary D. (Janda) Strankman. She attended schools in Canada, Cloverdale Grade School, was a 1942 graduate of Medford High School and attended the School of Business in Duluth, Minn.

Her family moved to Wisconsin in April 1935 and lived on a farm east of Medford. She worked for William F. Hoppe Accountant, then in the office at Medford Co-op Creamery.

On December 16, 1944 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, she married Hollis "Hollie" E. Waldhart, who preceded her in death on November 29, 2008. She was a homemaker and in June of 1969 started working for Schmidt the Clothes Man Inc. where she worked as a seamstress for 32 years.

She was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. She liked to sew, bake, crochet, travel and spend time with her family.

Survivors include four children, Carmen (Tim) Ruesch and Ron (Lois) Waldhart, both of Medford, Mary Patterson of Omaha, Neb., and Carol (Bryan) Paur of Menomonie; a sister, Velma Dietze of Medford; 12 grandchildren, Lisa (Rich) Pongratz, Lincoln (Melissa) Vircks, Lenise Fawely, Jill (Joe) Baregi, Kevin (Jenel) Waldhart, Michelle Patterson, Jayce (April) Patterson, Erin (Ed) Marriott, Tyler (Julia) Paur, and Callie, Brynn and Brayden Paur; and 19 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister and a brother in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Anita's family to be designated at a later date.
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A Mother's Farewell
to her Children
When I must leave you for a little while,
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you through the years,
But start out bravely with a gallant smile;
And for my sake and in my name
Live on and do all things the same,
Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer
And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near,
And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky!



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