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Kaye Schirle

July 15, 1936 — January 18, 2022


Kaye F. Schirle passed away in Weston on January 18, 2022 and went to be her Lord at the age of 85.  She was born in Plymouth, Wisconsin on July 15, 1936.

Kaye lived in many areas of Wisconsin including Plymouth, Mauston, Madison, Sun Prairie, Hazelhurst with the majority of her life being spent in Wausau. She was born on a farm near Greenbush, WI and was active in the 4-H organization. She showed purebred Holsteins at both the county and state shows. She was married to the late Carl Gutenberger who was the 4-H agent of Marathon County for several years. She later married David Schirle, who also preceded her in death. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point after her two children began school. She was passionate about gardening and was known for her beautiful flower beds full of roses and other beautiful plants. Kaye’s career consisted of teaching for several years along with twenty years as a designer for Ethan Allen Furniture. Her creative side was evident in her watercolor paintings. She won several state awards and took painting trips to places like Hawaii to take in the beauty of her surroundings and the native flowers. She had an eye for design and could put together a room or an outfit in an instant. Her other hobbies included cooking, baking, and sewing. Kaye was very proud of and loved her children and grandchildren. She left us too soon missing the birth of her very first great-grandchild that will be born in April.

Kaye is survived by son, Brian (Teresa) Gutenberger and daughter, Sue (Kevin) Schlinkmann, grandchildren: Michele (Peter) Gernetzke, Ryan Gutenberger, Logan Gutenberger, Taylor Schlinkmann and Elly Schlinkmann; siblings Mary (Wayne) Myszka, Thomas (Kathy) Webb, Robert (Peggy) Webb and special friend, Howard Schneider.

Kaye is predeceased by her parents, Francis and Josephine Webb, brothers John and Charles Webb, husband David Schirle.

A memorial service will be celebrated on June 17, 2022 at 11:00am at Friends Gathering Space on Rib Mountain; it is located across the entrance road from the amphitheater. Visitation will take place starting at 10:00am until the time of service.  Condolences for the family may be offered at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Monks Botanical Gardens in Wausau.

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