Obit: Lemmer, Victoria L. (1946 - 2015)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Bonin, Bornheimer, Butt, Gering, Graveen, Hafferman, Heidmann, Huff, Kropidlowski, Lee, Lemmer, Lukasko, Matysik, Rennie, Streit, Streveler, Totos

----Source: The Record - Review (Abbotsford, WI) 11/18/2015

Lemmer, Victoria L. (Kropidlowski) (30 OCT 1946 - 16 NOV 2015)

Victoria L. (Kropidlowski) Lemmer, 69, of Edgar entered eternal life on November 16, 2015 peacefully at her home.

Her spirit is carried on by her husband of 49 years, 7 daughters, 25 grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren, 2 Sisters, and an extended family of relatives and friends.

Vicki was born October 30, 1946 in Menasha, Wisconsin to the late Benjamin & Alvina (Lee) Kropidlowski.

She graduated from Edgar High School in 1964 and married Charles Lemmer at Holy Family Catholic Church in Poniatowski on October 29, 1966.

Following high school, she was employed at Strong's Grocery and the Badger Basket Factory. Once they started building their family, she turned homemaker, a “really” outstanding homemaker. She was so proud of the seven daughters they raised together. Sometimes known as Charlie's Angels, although in early years, she may have disagreed.

While raising her own family, she provided loving care to local families and friends. Once her daughters were in school, she began working at the United States Postal Office in 1989 and was still your happy local rural mail carrier at the time of her death.

Whenever you saw Vicki, she had a loving smile and made you feel welcome. Teaching them to cook, bake and solve Sunday crossword puzzles are some of the memories that her daughters will cherish forever. Vicki started each week with the same two staples, Sunday Mass and the Sunday crossword puzzle. Vicki was the anchor that kept her large family together and taught us that no matter what life throws at you, with family you can get through anything.

And you smile. Always smile. Her unwavering faith in God was evident and taught her children the importance of having Faith from little on. She taught us all that you forgive, no matter the circumstances. Vicki had an endless amount of love and support, regardless of the time, place or situation.

With a family as large as hers, her phone was ringing constantly from family looking for advice, a caring heart to listen, one of her recipes or to ask for the 30th time, "How long do I boil eggs?" and always sternly reminded to "Stop stirring the baked beans!". While most families would have resorted to a local town hall for Thanksgiving, she wanted it at our home. So we made it work, all 40+ of us, plus add-ons from other extended families. Vicki enjoyed spending time on the Willow and Lake Nokomis, solving world problems and singing around the campfire until wee hours in the morning. One of her favorites being "Love Can Build A Bridge". If you wanted to race her to get her Friday Fish Fry every week, you would lose every time. She reserved Sunday afternoons for pontoon rides around the north woods and there would always be time to pull up on the water at ice cream shop. While the pontoon legally fits 17 people, I am sure we have doubled that capacity because it was important to her that we were all together. She loved inviting relatives and friends to the lake and spending the weekends giving tours and waiting for the next person to trip over the one wonky stair that would get us each and every time.

Vicki and Charlie were so proud of their 25 (and counting) grandchildren and were running constantly to their events. She was the best cheerleader you could ever wish for, making long road trips for regional and state events. She was so proud of their accomplishments. Her passing will definitely leave an empty spot in the bleachers. Vicki was a devoted wife and best friend to her husband. The love they shared is a love that you could feel when you walked into the room. Vicki was one of the most kind and loving people that you have ever met. She will be missed by so many who knew and loved her. While we are heartbroken we will no longer be able to see her smile, we know that God must have been in need for a really special angel if he took her so soon from us. Rest mom, in the arms of Jesus.

Vicki is survived by her devoted and loving husband Charlie; Children: Shelley (James) Gering, Wausau, Kelly (Kyle) Lukasko Edgar, Kari (Mike) Butt, Edgar, Kristine (Kurt) Hafferman, Edgar, Melissa (Mike) Bornheimer, Edgar, Tracy (Mike) Graveen, Edgar, Mandy (Greg) Streit, Edgar. Siblings: Bonnie (Stan) Totos, Calument City, IL, Gladys (Bill) Rennie, Owen, WI Grandchildren: Ben & Morgan Gering, Jeremy (Amber) Lukasko, Andrew (Tiffany) Lukasko, Cassie (Dakota) Heidmann, Makenzie, Kamryn, Karson, Mattison, Karter, Maverick & Maclain Butt, Alec & Kaleb Hafferman, Cierra, Dylan, Dawson, Drae & Deacon Bornheimer, Jaxon & Harrison Graveen, Teegan, Tucker, Charlie, Gabriella and Baby Streit. Great Grandchildren: Landon Lukasko, Eli Lukasko.

Besides her parents, she was proceeded in death by her siblings Kenny Kropidlowski, Irene Bonin & Rita Matysik as well as many other cherished family members that have also been taken from us much too soon. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Thursday November 19, 2015, at St. John Catholic Church, Edgar. Rev. Robert Streveler and Rev. Thomas Huff will preside.

Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends and Family may call on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St. John Catholic Church, Edgar. Visitation will continue on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. There will be a parish prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Edgar, is in charge of arrangements.

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