Obit: Herdrich, Elaine M. "Sis" (1929 – 2018)

Surnames: Herdrich, Stanislaus, Trudeau, Herdrich, Genett, Lund, Mielke, Opelt, Lindner, Keller, Wojcik, Wilke, Sullivan, Janezich, Wessell, Jackson

Source: Tribune/Record/Gleaner (Abbotsford, WI) 24 Oct 2018

Herdrich, Elaine M. "Sis" (22 DEC 1929 – 20 OCT 2018)

Elaine M. “Sis” Herdrich, 88, Greenwood, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at the Clark County Living & Rehab Center in Owen. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, Oct. 25, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenwood. Rev. Leo Stanislaus will officiate, and burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jennifer Trudeau, Renee Herdrich, Preston Genett, Sheryl Lund, Michelle Mielke and Trenton Opelt. Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 4-8 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. rosary service, and again on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Elaine Marie Lindner was born on Dec. 22, 1929, in Loyal, to Casper and Marie (nee Keller) Lindner. She was raised on the family farm and received her education at St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Greenwood High School in 1948. Elaine married Wayne Herdrich on April 8, 1953, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenwood. They later divorced. She farmed in the town of Eaton and worked as a bookkeeper/teller at Farmers and Merchants Bank in Greenwood for 17 years. After moving off the farm, she owned and operated the Greenwood Cafe from 1986-96. Elaine then became involved with the Greenwood American Legion, cooking many meals for all kinds of events, including weddings, birthdays and funerals. She also was a substitute cook for Greenwood High School, volunteered at St. Mary’s School, and cooked for many local events. She was a very active lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Anne’s Society, a member of the Greenwood American Legion Auxiliary, and served as treasurer for the town of Eaton and on the town election board for many years. Elaine had many interests, but especially enjoyed farming, cooking and baking. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Her grandchildren were the love of her life. She also spent many years cooking at the family cabin up north during deer hunting in November.

She will be dearly missed by her daughters: Janet (Timothy) Wojcik of Stanley, Jeanne (Peter) Opelt of Greenwood, and Barbara (Edward) Genett of Auburndale; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law: Susan Herdrich of Greenwood and Trudy Herdrich of Eau Claire; five sisters: Jacqueline Lindner of Greenwood, Irene Wilke of Loyal, Jeanette Sullivan of Virginia, Shirley (Henry) Janezich of Willard, and Dorothy Wessell of Sheboygan; four brothers: Donald (MaryAnn) Lindner of Greenwood, Arthur (Shirley) Lindner of Loyal, Richard (Bonnie) Lindner of Greenwood, and LaVerne (Joan) Lindner of Loyal; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; two sons: James “Jimmer” Herdrich in 2009 and Kenneth Herdrich in 2011; one brother: Carl Lindner in 2008; and her special friend: Lawrence “Ozzie” Jackson in 2010.

A special thank you to her sister, Jackie, for the care provided to our Mom these past two years. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to St. Mary’s Memorial Fund.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements. 



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