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Ilma Hersperger

January 9, 1926 — October 6, 2018

Ilma R Hersperger

Daughter of the late Dante and Rose (Di Leva) Parrini, born January 9,1926 in Erie, PA, passed away in Wausau, WI, Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the age of 92, at Pride TLC under the care of Aspirus Comfort and Hospice Care.

Ilma was a graduate of St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in Erie, PA in 1946.  Married the love of her life Edward Hersperger in 1948 and has lived in Wausau since 1966. She worked as a registered nurse at Memorial Hospital and when the Wausau hospitals merged, she was the first full time float nurse between St. Mary’s and Memorial or North and South Hospitals, retiring in 1988 as Patient Care Coordinator in the Social Services Department.

She and Ed enjoyed spending time together both alone and with close friends, hosting dinners, going out to dinner, traveling, and laughing a lot. Her first love and commitment was to family.  She was the Italian mother who hosted holiday and family gatherings with ease, serving delicious meals, making sure these joyful times were recorded in her many photo albums. During her last years she was happiest when spending time with grandchildren, and meeting her new great grand babies.

Survivors include her loving husband of 70 years, Edward Hersperger, Wausau. 3 children: Caroll (Terry) Niewolny, Pewaukee, Robert (Sandy) Hersperger, Hudson, Tom (Jill) Hersperger, Wausau. 6 grandchildren: David (Patti) Niewolny, Austin, TX, Theresa (Adam) McClurg, Waukesha, Daniel (Anna) Hersperger, Woodbury, MN, Amy (Justin) Schneider, River Falls, Nicholas Hersperger and Elle Hersperger, Wausau and 4 great grandchildren: Cole McClurg, Nash Niewolny, Peyton and Sydney Schneider. Also survived by her sister-in-law Joan Parrini and 5 nephews.

Besides her parents, Ilma was preceded in death by her sister Olga Adamus and brother Dante Parrini.

A funeral mass will be celebrated 12:00 pm on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at St. Mathews Catholic Church, Wausau.  Visitation at the church prior to services beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment at Memorial Chapel Mausoleum, Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mathews Catholic Church, Wausau.

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