Margaret H. Ziehlke-Lodholz, 95, passed away peacefully at her home in Wausau on January 4, 2021, under the loving care of her daughters, caregivers, and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
Maggie was born July 5, 1925, on the Joseph and Helen Schrauth family farm in the Town of Little Black, the middle child of 13 children. She loved growing up on the farm and had many fond memories to share. She attended the local two-room schoolhouse until the 8th grade, freely admitting that recess was her favorite time spent there. She enjoyed sewing, making clothes for her appreciative siblings on her mother’s treadle sewing machine. She worked in a defense plant in Milwaukee during WWII, and then in the Wausau and Merrill area until her marriage to Roy Ziehlke on October 3, 1953, in Medford. On May 25, 2008, she married Marvin Lodholz, at which time she moved back to Wausau.
Maggie is survived by her children Randy (Donna), Brenda (Roger), Kurt, Yvonne, and Sheryl (Jody). She is further survived by her husband Marvin, step daughter-in-law Laurie, 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 3 step granddaughters, her two remaining sisters, Josephine and Kathryn (John), and many loving nieces and nephews. Maggie is preceded in death by Roy, daughter Kelly Ann, her parents Joseph and Helen (Fleischmann) Schrauth, and her siblings Marcella, Alvin, Aloysius, Bernard, Leona, Mary Florence, Joey, Lucille, Sister Helen, and Danny, and stepson James.
She babysat for many children through the years who got to enjoy her homemade french fries and applesauce. Maggie enjoyed working at the Chelsea Conservation Club for weddings and her years of seasonal work at local mink ranches. She always had a big vegetable garden and many flowers. She found enjoyment and comfort in strumming a guitar, playing the piano, and singing old country and western songs, especially for the “old people” at the Medford Nursing Home. She was a regular participant in the Perkinstown Snowshoe Race, being honored as the oldest racer for a few years. Maggie was known for her annual garage sales and selling her ‘happy worms’ to anxious fishermen. Her patchwork quilts are still enjoyed by many. Her positive outlook and sense of humor enabled Maggie to live a long and happy life; qualities that were admired by all who knew her. In her younger days she loved going to the Saturday night polka dances. Maggie spent her last remaining months listening to the music of her beloved Carter Family. A visit to the Carter Family Homestead in Virginia with her sisters was a highlight of her many travels.
Maggie was a lifelong member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Although her memory failed her in recent years, she still remembered and recited her prayers, even surprising her family with an occasional one we could only assume she learned as a child.
A memorial service will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 11:00am. Visitation will take place at the church from 10:00am until the time of service. Burial will be at the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank all the loving caregivers that helped care for our mother in her last few years. The John J. Buettgen Funeral Home and Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society were entrusted with arrangements. Share memories and condolences with Maggie’s family online at office@HonorOne.com.