Louise Elsie Spiegelberg

Spiegelberg, Louise E.

Louise Elsie Spiegelberg, age 81, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday evening September 20, 2013 at St. Joseph Residence in New London, WI, where she had been a resident for the past 3 years. While at St. Joe's she enjoyed painting, crafting, playing games, the 5-cent sale, singing in the choir and was able to attend church weekly. She met many new friends there and loved the staff and food.

Louise was born May 7th, 1931 to Ernst & Ruth Sommer (née Schroeder). She attended a one room schoolhouse until the 8th grade. She then helped on the family farm honing her cooking skills and later became a telephone operator in Readfield, WI until she married. She later obtained her GED in 1978.

Louise (Liz as Del called her) married Delvin August Spiegelberg on August 31, 1952 and made their home in Neenah, WI until their hay and grain business grew moving to Hortonville, WI where they resided since 1961. They shared nearly 58 years together, until Delvin's death 7-16-2010. Louise and Del had two children, a daughter Dianne and a son John.

Louise was a great mom, homemaker, and cook and business partner with Delvin in their hay & grain business. Louise loved singing and playing piano, especially when she got together with her brothers and sisters. She loved gardening, jewelry, fishing and trips to the National Hay Conventions each year. She was very artistic and belonged to the Wolf River Art League and sold her paintings and decoupage at art shows. Louise also accompanied musicians on the piano for solo ensembles. She was a leader with the Lutheran Girl Pioneers, sang in the choir and belonged to the Ladies Aid at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where she was a member since moving to Hortonville. She had a soft spot in her heart for animals, although she wouldn't admit it, the variety of pets we had.

Louise is survived by her children, Dianne and Tim Olk, John and Vicki Spiegelberg and their children; Charlie (Lindsey Mathewson), Clayton, Karen and Cole Spiegelberg. Her grandchildren were one of her greatest joys. When we told her she had cancer and had a short time to live, the first thing she said was "You mean I won't see my grandchildren get married?" That upset her the most. We then decided to ready wedding cards for each of them with her thoughts and they would receive it on their wedding day.

Louise is further survived by her sisters Helen Meier, Margaret Spice and a brother Eldor and wife Patricia Sommer. Sisters-in-laws LaVerne (Art) Sommer and Doris (Clarence) Sommer, brother-in-law Emory and wife LaSenta Spiegelberg, along with many nieces and nephews. The Lyle & Debbie Hilker Family who treated our parents like their own and June Olk, a great comfort to our mom.

Louise was preceded in death by Delvin her husband, sisters Elverna Drews and infant sister Velma, brothers Walter, Clarence and Arthur Sommer. Brother-in-laws Wilbur Drews, Larry Spice, Henry Meier and Delmar Spiegelberg, a nephew Ronald Spiegelberg and mother & father-in-law Emma & ElRoy Spiegelberg.

Thank you to the special ladies from Bethlehem Lutheran Church and Pastors Rosenberg and Jenswold for their many visits to our mom. Her Metro van driver Theresa who drove & assisted her. A heartfelt thank you to All the staff at St. Joe's for their care, compassion and friendship; and to all the friends that visited her and sent cards. Finally Heartland Hospice who kept her comfortable through her final journey with pancreatic cancer.

We will miss our mom, but didn't want to watch her suffer any longer. Now that our parents are together again, we can imagine her saying, "Gee whiz Del" and that makes us smile.

Funeral services for Louise will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Hortonville. Family and friends my call directly at church from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service.


Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Apr. 23, 2013