Winter Holiday 04

Lois Helen (Stahel) Hermans

July 5, 1945 ~ December 20, 2020 (age 75)


Lois Helen Hermans, age 75, went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday, December 20th, with a trumpet playing and Church bells ringing.

She was born on July 5th, 1945, in Wausau, to the late Viola and Reinhart Stahel. She grew up in the town of Stettin on the family farm and attended school in Marathon.

At a young age, she was stricken with bone cancer in her leg which caused her to have it removed, but that never slowed her down or caused her to complain. Lois had a fighting spirit and truly was a ray of sunshine to all who knew her. Always quick to laugh – and her laughter was infectious.

Her hobbies included listening to music, reading, knitting, embroidery, sewing, and setting puzzles. She had a love for any dogs she met, and they loved her in return. Lois and her husband, Gary, traveled with carnivals and spent many winters in southern states from Arizona to Florida, and many states in between.

She is survived by one brother, Melvin Stahel; and one sister, Verna Baneck; as well as a brother-in-law, Ray Teske. She is further survived by a very special niece, Sue Weith. She is preceded in death by her husband, Gary; parents, Viola and Reinhart Stagel; sisters, Lydia Werner, Selma Evers, Leona Teske, and Esther Mohr; brothers, Norman Stahel and Merlin Stahel; brothers-in-law, Alvin Werner, Walter Baneck, William Evers, and Joseph Mohr; sisters-in-law, Jean Stahel, Clair Stahel, and Jeanette Stahel.

When I leave you, don’t weep for me.

Pass the wine around and remember how my laughing pleased you.

Look at one another smiling, and don’t forget about touching,

sing the songs that I liked best and dance one time – altogether.

As for me, I’ll be off running somewhere on the beach.

And I’ll fly to the top of the tree that I always meant to climb.

When you’re ready, I’ll be there waiting for you –

But take your time.

Private services are to be held. Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Special thanks to the Aspirus Hospice team for without their special care, we would be lost and hopeless.

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