Joan Rae (Lenz) Hamus, age 84, of Marshfield passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021, at Abbotsford Health Center.
Visitation for family and friends will be held at the Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home, 1010 East Veterans Parkway, Marshfield, on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A private burial will take place in Hillside Cemetery in Marshfield.
Joan was born on July 16, 1937, to James and Elizabeth (Gerschbach) Lenz in Marshfield. She was a 1955 graduate from Marshfield High school and married Victor W. Hamus on December 29, 1959. Joan was a great cook, loved crocheting and creating flower arrangements. She had an eye for home decor and a heart as big as the moon. Nothing gave her more joy than to give something to someone that made them happy.
Joan is survived by her 4 daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jayne (Roger) Wenzel of Marshfield and their son, Jon (Briana) Wenzel and their children, Hatley and Porter; Janet Nelson of Eau Claire and her daughters, Jennifer (Chris) Krueger and their sons, Kesslin and Cyress, Michelle (Brett Burish) Nelson and their children, Lydia and Leon; Jessica (Brad) Ehret and their children, Jaycen and Jordyn; Julie (Steve Gregorich) Ladwig of Marshfield and her children Matt (Ashley) Ladwig and their children Bentley, Aubrynne, Bennett and Aspen, Ryan (Erica) Ladwig of Marshfield and their children Parker and Greyson and Kayla Ladwig of Marshfield; Jacklyn (David) Trierweiler of Marshfield and their children, Brooke (Dan) Wolff and their son, Sampson and Jacob Trierweiler.
Chosen for her pallbearers are her grandchildren; Jon Wenzel, Jacob Trierweiler, Matt and Ryan Ladwig, Brooke Wolff, Jennifer Krueger and Michelle Nelson
Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Victor, brothers James, Richard, Jack and twin brother Jerry; a sister Jeanne Gessert and her parents.
Her family would like to offer their greatest thanks to St. Croix Hospice Services (Karisa) for the compassion and dignity given to mom during her time with them.
Two Mothers Remembered
I had two Mothers - two Mothers I claim
Two different people, yet with the same name
two separate women, diverse by design,
But I loved them both because they were mine.
The first was the Mother who carried me here,
Gave birth and nurtured and launched my career.
She was the one whose features I bear,
Complete with the facial expressions I wear.
She gave me her love, which follows me yet,
Along with the examples in life that she set.
As I got older, she somehow younger grew,
And we'd laugh as just Mothers and Daughters should do.
But then came the time that her mind clouded so,
And I sensed that the Mother I knew would soon go.
So quickly she changed and turned into the other,
A stranger who dressed in the clothes of my Mother.
Oh she looked the same, at least at arms length,
But now she was the child and I was her strength.
We'd come full circle, we women three,
My Mother the first, the second and me.
And if my own children should come to a day,
When a new Mother comes and the old goes away,
I'd ask of them nothing that I didn't do.
Love both of your Mothers as both have loved you.
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