Mueller Funeral Home - Winneconne WI

Lois M. Birkholz

September 8, 1925 - May 2, 2017

Lois M. Birkholz, age 91, of Omro, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Webster Manor in Omro. She was born September 8, 1925, in Oshkosh to the late Henry and Almedia (Reinert) Retzlaff. On September 24, 1949, Lois married Maynard Birkholz at Grace Lutheran Church in Omro, and they made their home in Omro their entire married lifetime. Along with raising her family Lois was a home caregiver for both of her parents and Maynard's parents. In addition, she brought care and compassion to many others throughout her lifetime. Lois was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, Omro and its Ladies Guild, choir, and quilting group. She and Maynard danced with the Timber Toppers Square Dance Club, which provided many opportunities to travel. Lois was active in the community and involved in: the Worthwhile Homemakers Club of Omro, Omro Women's Service League, and the Omro Historical Society. She always looked forward to playing the part of Mrs. Claus at the Omro Community Center, which she did happily for many years. She was also a member of the "Lois" Club. In her spare time Lois enjoyed spending time with her family and taking care of her beautiful flower garden. Her enthusiasm and zest for life will be truly missed!
Lois is survived by two daughters and three sons-in-law, Amy and Eugene Kriener, of Burlington; Rebecca and Edwin Strey, of Omro; Henry Clement, of Beloit; seven grandchildren, Jacqueline (Matt) Hensgen, of Milwaukee; Catrien (Dusten) Slater, of Electric City, Washington; Nathan Clement (Pearl), of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Gwendolyn (Todd) Pinnington, of Tasmania, Australia; Stephanie (Matthew) Shefchik, of Waunakee; Hannah Strey, of Madison; and Andrew Strey, of Omro; eight great-grandchildren, Cole and Rhys Pinnington, Abraham and Jane Shefchik, Theo and Oliver Hensgen, Sophie and Keira Slater; two sisters-in-law, Geraldine Birkholz, of West Bend; Joan Birkholz, of Milwaukee; one niece, Beth Bothe, of Milwaukee; one nephew, Mark Birkholz, of Milwaukee; and other relatives and friends.
Along with her parents, Lois was also preceded in death by her husband, Maynard; a daughter, Sue Clement; and a brother-in-law, Gerald Birkholz.
A visitation for family and friends will be on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 720 Jackson Ave. Omro. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the church with Pastor Richard Bartholomew officiating. Burial will be in the Omro Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for Grace Lutheran Church, Omro, Heartland Hospice, and Webster Manor.
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Susan Zellmer Vernon wrote on May 6, 2017
Sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a special lady. I remember visits to your home when we we all much younger.

Linda Johnson wrote on May 6, 2017
Amy my heart goes out to you and your family. May all your happy memories bring you peace.

Sue & Frank Hilscher wrote on May 6, 2017
So sorry to hear you've lost your lovely mother. We know she will be missed and send our deepest condolences to you all.

Lee & Kris Kriener wrote on May 5, 2017
Amy, Gene and families - our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. We are unable to attend the services, but are definitely thinking of you. Love you, Lee and Kris & families

Debbie Coats wrote on May 4, 2017
I was saddened to read about your mom's death. She was such a kind, sweet lady. She persuaded me to join the church choir, so I had the chance to get to know her even better. She had a beautiful singing voice, so I am sure she now has joined the heavenly choir! Mike and I will be out of town on Saturday, but we will keep your entire family in our prayers. Hugs to all.

Angela Koch wrote on May 4, 2017
Becky - I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like your mother had a wonderful life. My thoughts and payers are with you and your family.

Rick Sedlak wrote on May 3, 2017
Such a huge loss... My prayers are with you and the family. I hope that over time the hole in your life from this loss will be filled with pleasant memories and the love and caring of friends and family.

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