Virginia Lecheler. Submitted photo
Virginia Lecheler. Submitted photo

Virginia Ruth Lecheler age 86 of Elmwood, was called to her heavenly home by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday September 15, 2016 surrounded by her family at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar, in Menomonie.

Virginia was born August 15, 1930 at home near Rock Falls, in Dunn County. She was the daughter of George and Mary (Berger) Fedie.  She moved with her family to the Eau Galle area of Dunn County and attended Maple Drive elementary school.  Virginia married Peter J. Lecheler September 14, 1948 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Eau Galle.  Virginia and Peter spent many years dairy farming in the Elmwood area where they raised their 11 children.

After retiring from farming in the fall of 1989, Virginia and Peter moved to the Village of Elmwood and were able to enjoy several well deserved trips around the country. She was an active member of the Sacred Heart Alter & Rosary Society.  Virginia was currently residing at the Welcome Home Assisted Living Center in Elmwood.

Virginia was a wonderful cook, she enjoyed dancing and listening to “old time music”, gardening, doing craft work, sewing and crocheting, writing poetry, meeting with friends for coffee, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family. 

Virginia is survived by her 11 children, Patricia (Daniel) Meyer of Amery, James (Jean) of Maiden Rock, Barbara (Michael) Garton of Eau Claire, Roger (Jane) of Ellsworth, Rita (Lester) Bauer of Durand, Cathy (Michael) Baier of Eau Claire, Jeanne (Conrad) Crenshaw of Nashville, TN, Mary (Jacob) Ginsbach of Elmwood, Steve (Carol) of Elmwood, Tami Lecheler (Fiancé Ralph Raethke) of Pepin, Kristy (Tim) Weber of Woodbury, MN; 30 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren; two sisters, Lucy Best of Eau Claire, Ilene Bates of Menomonie.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Peter of nearly 59 years in 2007, a son-in-law, David Fischer, four sisters, Anna Stai, Dorothy Bryce, Rose Dreysse, Marie Whitwam and one brother, Florian Fedie.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday September 19, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with Rev. Prince Raja officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Sunday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Online condolences may be made at Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Elmwood is serving the family.