Obit: Sturm, Lillie Pauline #1 (1913 2005)

Poster: Crystal Wendt


Surnames: Sturm, Rusch, Jahns, Schuelke, Laabs, Mohre, Tautges, Rehlinger, Elias, Wallace, Roberts, Wengeler, Strasser, Schmidt, Weiss, Schultz

---Source: Wausau Daily Herald (Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin) Sun, Jul 31, 2005

---Sturm, Lillie Pauline (1 May 1913 29 July 2005)

Lillie Pauline Sturm

Lillie Pauline (Rusch) Sturm, 92, of 1400 Cedar St., Merrill, died Friday, July 29, 2005, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.

Lillie was born May 1, 1913, in the town of Maine, daughter of the late Edward and Ida (Jahns) Rusch. Lillie grew up and attended schools in the Merrill area. She married Marcus Otto Sturm on Aug. 22, 1936. He survives. They farmed in the town of Maine from 1936 until 1950, and were the owners of Sturm Trucking Inc., where Lillie served as secretary/treasurer.

After retiring, the Sturms resided in Bradenton, Fla., from 1976 until 1984. Lillie enjoyed gardening, traveling, playing cards, polka dancing and bowling. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors besides her husband include two sons, Kenneth (Joy) Sturm, Fond du Lac, and Gary Sturm, Wildomar, Calif.; five grandchildren, Sherry (Glen) Schuelke, Kerry (Glenn) Laabs-Mohre, and Kay (Ted) Tautges, all of Merrill, Laurie (Ron) Rehlinger, Plover, and Michael Sturm, Milwaukee; 10 great-grandchildren, Liza, Gregory, and Joshua Laabs, Briana Elias, Nickolas Schuelke, Nathan, Alex, and Hope Rehlinger, and Seth and Aidan Tautges; two daughters-in-law, Helen (Harry) Sturm-Wallace, Merrill, and Shirley (Sturm) Roberts, Milwaukee; and three sisters, Mable Wengeler, Norma Strasser and Leona Schmidt. Lillie is preceded in death by one son, Donald Sturm; one sister, Hertha Weiss; and one brother, Hugo Rusch.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2005, at Faith Lutheran Church, town of Maine. The Rev. Donald C. Schulz will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, town of Maine. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and at the church on Tuesday starting at 9 a.m.


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