Barbara Wasmer, age 56, of Elkhart Lake, Wis., passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Barb was born in Fond du Lac, Wis., on Feb. 6, 1958, to the late Alfred and Marion Schmitz of Mt. Calvary, Wis.

She graduated from New Holstein Senior High School in 1976 and was married to her high school sweetheart and love of her life, William Wasmer, on Nov. 26, 1976.

Barb’s biggest passion in life was her family. She was a devoted wife and mother of two beautiful daughters, Jennifer and April, and was blessed with three grandchildren, Henry, Lillian and Louis.

Barb was also passionate about her career at Household Utilities Inc. where she was employed since 1991. Even through her illness, she continued to work as much as she could. In her words, “I love going to work.”

In her spare time, Barb loved gardening. Under her tender care, the flowers and plants blossomed and provided a haven for the many birds that came to visit her yard.

Barb is survived by her husband, William Wasmer; two children, Jennifer (Michael) Ziegler of Milwaukee, Wis., and April (Heston) Thuecks of Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; and three grandchildren, Henry, Lillian and Louis Ziegler. She is also survived by seven sisters and three brothers: Fred Schmitz, Karen Mengel, Pat (Sharon) Schmitz, Cynthia Eiring, Mary (Butch) Gudex, Mike Schmitz, Angelle (Dave) Onsrud, Denise (Jim) Hess, Bernadette (Doug) Campbell and Anne Schmitz; and by her husband’s family: Loretta Wasmer, Tom (Betty) Wasmer, Lisa (Steve) Julien, and Scott Wasmer.

A memorial Mass honoring Barb will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 94 N. Lincoln St., Elkhart Lake.

There will not be a visitation prior to Mass, but the family invites you to share memories and celebrate her life immediately following the Mass at Millhome Supper Club, 16524 Lax Chapel Road, Kiel.

Arrangements are being made through Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home in Kiel (

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Bettag and the staff at Matthews Oncology Associates, St. Nicholas Hospital Hospice, and the many friends and co-workers for their loving care and support.

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