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AGE: 93


ADDRESS: 135 S. Gibson Street, Medford; City of Medford Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:10 P.M. Friday, December 27 at the Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center, Medford where she had resided for the past 3 years, surrounded by her loving family.


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 1 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford


OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger and Deacon Joseph Stefancin


INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford


VISITATION: 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 1 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford where there will be a worship sing along and prayer time that will be led by the family from 1:00 - 1:40 P.M.


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 22, 1920 in the Town of Hammel


EDUCATION: Attended grade school at Meadow Brook School in the Town of Hammel, Graduate of Medford High School, UW-Stevens Point receiving her degree in Teaching


MARRIAGE: June 1, 1944 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 

Medford to Alvin A. Pernsteiner and he preceded her in death on December 26, 2001.


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Lillian had a passion for teaching and her students. She taught at many country schools in the area for more than 25 years. She then worked at Weathershield as a laborer for about 5 years and at Ben Franklin until her retirement. She enjoyed singing, dancing, playing the piano, gardening and socializing. Lillian performed accordion, guitar and piano in the late 30”s. Lillian and her twin, Lydia performed in the area and on the radio many times.


MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford where she was also in the church choir for 30 years. She was also a teacher and tutor.


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Son: Terry (Melissa) Pernsteiner of Champlain, Minnesota
Daughters: Dr. Carol Pernsteiner of McKinney, Texas, Sharon (Marcus Raffeet) Pernsteiner of Milwaukee, Cindy (Jerry) Klein of Issaquah, Washington, Sue (John) Zenner of Medford and Mary (Randy) Robida of Hudson


12 LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Zachary and Jeremy (Chelsea) Zenner, Lindsey (Justin) Mayer, Amber and Aaron Raffeet, Elyse (Isaiah Dixon), Elliot, McKenzie and Emily Robida, Nicholas, Jacob and Samantha Pernsteiner


4 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Jackson and Paige Mayer, Iley Dixon and Stella Klein

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Twin: Lydia Meyer of Medford, Sylvia Spreen of New Rockford, North Dakota, William (Ellen) Spreen of Medford, Elroy (Lorna) Spreen of Medford and Bernice (Mark) Hirsch of Sparta


DECEASED FATHER: William F. Spreen


DECEASED MOTHER: Mary M. Spreen (Maiden Name: Skabroud)


PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brother-In-Law: Clifford Meyer


PALLBEARERS: Grandsons: Zachary and Jeremy Zenner, Elliot and McKenzie Robida, Nick and Jacob Pernsteiner and Aaron Raffeet


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Lillian’s name to Holy Rosary Scholarship Fund
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