Evelyn Irene Riedel (nee Snodie, formerly Liesenfelder)
May 21, 1923 - Dec. 25, 2011
Evelyn Irene Riedel (nee Snodie, formerly Liesenfelder) was born May 21, 1923, in a farmhouse in the township of Eagle. She left us unexpectedly on a beautiful Christmas morning, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011.
Known to one and all as either "The Cake Lady" of simply "Grandma," Evelyn lived a full and rich life, filled with love and family, giving far more than she ever received.
The daughter of Barney and Mary (nee Hartman) Snodie, she was one of eight children and ended her formal education during her freshman year of high school at the height of the Depression for farm work. There she met John Raymond Liesenfelder (deceased Nov. 19, 1985), a farm hand, whom she married July 17, 1939. Together they had seven children: Mary Evelyn (Edward Lyons), deceased 1962; Rose Marie (Bernard Fraley), deceased 2010; Joseph John Liesenfelder; Lorraine Ruth (Thomas Ridgeman); Roger Scott Liesenfelder, deceased 2008; Theresa Ann (Douglas Strecker); and James David Liesenfelder.
John left the farm to work in the bronze foundry at Centrifugal Foundries in Waukesha until retirement in 1976, when he and Evelyn moved to Townsend - the first time Evelyn had ever lived outside of Waukesha County. Five years after Johnís death in 1985, she married Archie Wendell Riedel on Oct. 2, 1990. Following Archieís death May 13, 1992, she never remarried again. (Her family occasionally teased her about being "too much woman for any one man," something which she found both appalling and hilarious at the same time.)
She was the last survivor of the Snodie children, and is survived by 15 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren (including Nathan A. Hitch, deceased 1976), five great-great-grandchildren; a dog and cat; and multitudes of friends. She was also the adopted grandmother of nearly everyone she came in contact with.
Besides the farm, Evelyn only worked two jobs outside the home in her life: Wales Envelope Company and Jenkins Lunch Counter. She volunteered for the Alter Guild of St. Johnís Lutheran Church (Townsend), the Ladies Aid Society of St. Johnís, St. Johnís Hand Bell Choir, the American Legion Auxiliary (Sylvan Post #44, Wabeno), volunteered with the SHARE program for more than 20 years and was a member of the Lakewood (WI) HCE Homemakers Society. She also lent her services taking care of any friend or family member during times of need or illness. She will be greatly missed by one and all.
She was an award-winning cake decorator who was known far and wide for her delicious and custom made cakes, which she continued to make right up until the end. She also loved to do needlecrafts and was a very accomplished painter, specializing in landscapes.
Visitation will be held from noon until the 3 p.m. funeral service Friday, Dec. 30, at St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Townsend.
Evelynís family request memorials to St. Johnís Lutheran Church care of the Bell Choir, Laidies Aid or the Alter Guild.
Weber-Hill Funeral Home, Wabeno, assisting the family. Online condolences can be sent to www.weberhillfuneralhome.com
Thanks for everything.