Rachel Anne Clemment, 80, Wausau, died Friday, June 25, 2021 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Rachel was born May 26, 1941 in Viroqua to the late Clifford and Verna (Rude) Gilbertson. Rachel met David Clemment in grade school, dated during high school and married on May 11, 1963 in Westby. The couple was blessed with two children: Suzanne and Mike. Following her graduation from Westby High School in 1959, Rachel went on to attend Vernon County Normal School and taught for two years. Following her teaching career, she worked as a bookkeeper in Wausau for Ruder Law, Overhead Door and Clemment Cabinetry.
Rachel was a very kind and sweet woman who always cherished all of her family. Early years were spent playing golf with David and the kids and going to Mike’s hockey games; later years found her playing golf with the grandchildren and going to their hockey games. In addition to the love she had for her children and grandchildren, Rachel and her sisters remained very close all of their lives talking and texting one another daily.
She was known to love entertaining family and friends, serving wonderful holiday meals and making excellent Rice Krispies bars, Christmas cookies and lefse. In her free time, Rachel enjoyed growing many beautiful flowers, stamping and playing Farkle with dear friends.
Rachel is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, David; children, Suzanne (Thomas) Brandt of Kronenwetter and Mike (Carrie) Clemment of Wausau; grandchildren, Kyle Brandt, Travis (Kristina) Brandt, Garret (Sydney Rose) Clemment, Logan (Michaela Perz) Clemment, Bradley (Sarah Traver) Peterson and Zachary (Hannah Dingle) Peterson; great-grandchildren, Hudson and Rory; sisters, Donna (Martin) Kjelland and Sonja Hooverson and extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Larry Hooverson.
The funeral service will be at 3:00 PM on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at Helke Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until the time of service at the funeral home on Thursday. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at helke.com.
Heartfelt gratitude goes to the Wausau Police Department, EMS and the staff of Aspirus Wausau Hospital for their kind and compassionate care for Rachel in her time of need.