Joan E. Schreiber, 89, died Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Evergreen Park, Kronenwetter. Joan was born June 29, 1931 in Brokaw, the daughter of Harry and Elnora (Haufschildt) Nienow. Mom loved Brokaw. She often reminisced about neighbors and fun times they had as kids. She attended Brokaw Public School and graduated the 8th grade. A few years later she went to work at the Brokaw Paper Mill, which was quite common in those days. She married Ernest Schreiber on April 11, 1953 at Salem Lutheran Church, Wausau. He died on March 25, 2000.
Joan and Ernie lived most of their married life in the Town of Texas. They built their dream home on 21 acres with the Little Trappe River running through their property. Many wonderful memories were made there and are cherished by all the kids and grandkids. We fondly remember picnics, celebrations, bon fires, fish fries (with fresh caught bluegills) always accompanied by a great old fashioned (Mom’s favorite), polka music, Packer games, and plenty of shenanigans. Our family is pleased that Mom and Dad’s grandson, Nathan, purchased the home and it is staying in the Schreiber Family.
Mom happily spent her younger married years raising her six children. She was a dedicated, stay at home mother and a great cook. She and Ernie enjoyed square dancing. When her children were grown, Mom decided to once again join the workforce. She took great pride in the fact that she was one of the first 50 employees hired at Fiskars. After retirement Mom enjoyed embroidery, flower gardening, puzzles, word searches and an occasional trip to the casino. Mom was a faithful woman who read her prayer book daily. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in the Village of Maine.
Our family is so blessed to have had such a sweet, kind, and loving mother and grandmother. Rest easy Mom, you deserve it. We love you and will forever miss you.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan Harris (Mike Kluetz) and Connie (Larry) Kroening; four sons, Larry (Anna) Schreiber, Russell (Sue) Schreiber, Steven (Chris Marthaler) Schreiber and Andrew Schreiber; all of Wausau. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Terre Swemke, Matthew (Marla) Harris, Luke (Danielle Chahdi) Harris, Carly (Andy) Jahns, Kiley Steinke, Kimberly (Jon) Powell, Elisha (Duane) Doering, Nicole (Bud) Graveen, Nathan (Laney) Schreiber, Missy (Andre) Scalcucci, and Taylor Schreiber; 19 greatgrandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Lang and Patsy Schreiber; one brother Thomas (Marge) Nienow, and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Joan is predeceased by her infant daughter, Diane Kay, four sisters and one brother.
Joan’s family wants to extend a heartfelt thank you to Evergreen Park for their care and compassion for our mother. We also want to thank Aspirus Hospice Comfort Care for their assistance.
Funeral services will be held for immediate family with a celebration of her life planned for this summer
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