Jeanette D. Mathwich, age 92, of Wausau, passed away on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Mountain Terrace Senior Living, Wausau.
She was born on May 6, 1929 in Rib Falls, WI, daughter of the late Walter and Amanda (Steidinger) Wilde. On March 14, 1949, she married Gordon George Mathwich in Iowa. He preceded her in death in 2004.
Jeanette was extremely devoted to her life on the family farm, working alongside her husband, son and all of the family members in support of the family business late into her life. She always went into her daily responsibilities with a cheerful attitude and a story to tell and recall. Jeanette was a loving and kind person. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and planning parties for her family members. She loved gardening – both vegetables and flowers and had a special love of cacti. Jeanette volunteered for years at Bethesda Thrift Store and was a member of the quilting club at Trinity Lutheran Church. She was also a member of Franks Gym for many years, with nearly daily attendance. She especially enjoyed walking. Jeanette loved dancing and listening to country western and polka music.
When Jeanette was 70 years old, her husband Gordan had a stroke. She needed to be able to drive to remain independent, so she proudly attained her driver’s license for the first time. She was able to visit Gordon daily –
sometimes twice a day. Yearly, she made her trip (flying by herself) to Colorado to visit her daughter Gloria. She loved shopping in the big city, sightseeing in the Rocky Mountains and attending the Greeley rodeo.
Survivors include her four children, Gordy (Rose Marie) Mathwich of Wausau, Gloria Gritzmacher of LaCrosse, Donna (Scott) Lang of Stevens Point, and Rebecca Engman (Bill Sniff) of Wausau; grandchildren, Tammy (Jeff) Wickersham, Shawn (Lori) Mathwich, Robyn (Nick) Bretl, April (Mike) Sather, Tommy Gritzmacher, Mike Gritzmacher, Brittany Lang (Josh), Brandon Lang (Megan), Tyrone Radke, Tess (Mike) Berger and Sidney Engman; great-grandchildren, Liz, Zach, Wyatt, Evie, Able, Kali, Keagan, Bentley and Amelia; great-great-grandchildren, Paisley and Jett; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gordon, daughter Faith Bartelt, and her six siblings.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 Stewart Ave., Wausau. Rev. Timothy Smith will officiate. Burial will be at Rib View Cemetery, town of Stettin. Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church. The wearing of face masks is encouraged. Helke Funeral Home, Wausau is assisting the family
with arrangements. You may leave messages and condolences for her family at helke.com.
The family would like to Thank the staff at Mountain Terrace for their kind and patient care they gave to our Mom.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to breast cancer research in honor of her daughter Faith, or to the Women’s Community.