Teckla Dorothy Neumann
‘The Love Box Lady’
Feb. 8, 1923 — May 4, 2015
Teckla Dorothy Neumann (nee Miller), a longtime resident of Pewaukee, was called home to her Lord at the age of 92 years on Monday, May 4, 2015, at Shorehaven Living in Oconomowoc.
Teckla was born and raised on the Miller Family Homestead, located in the Town of Greenbush, on February 8, 1923. Teckla was the daughter of Henry and Rose Miller. She was united in marriage to Edwin F. Neumann on February 14, 1953, in Plymouth. He preceded her in death on December 7, 2007, after 54 years of marriage.
Also preceding her in death was her son Ronald E. Neumann; two sisters, Nelda Sieber and Caroline Wieser; one brother, Waylon Miller; as wells as son-in-law Ronald Brott and daughter-in-law Linda Neumann.
Teckla is survived by her children, Marilyn Brott, Glenn (Pawn) Neumann, Kenn Neumann, and Diane Greco Neumann, and her brothers George and Robert. She is further survived by 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, along with countless family members and friends.
Teckla had an unwavering faith in God. She was a longtime member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pewaukee.
Through the years, she was involved in different activities of the church including choir and Ladies Aide.
Invested and involved in the community, she was a past president of the Pewaukee Firefighter’s Women’s Auxiliary. She was a talented musician who sang, yodeled, and played guitar, accordion and harmonica.
She loved entertaining residents at various local nursing homes along with her sister Nelda when they were growing up.
In the late 1980s, Teckla began crafting and handing out “Love Boxes,” which she made from recycled greeting cards, filling each of them with, of course, love. After tying a ribbon on each one, Teckla would attach a small homemade envelope and the following poem:
This is a very special gift, that you can never see.
The reason it’s so special, it’s just for you from me.
Whenever you are lonely, or even feeling blue, you only have to hold me and know I think of you.
Don’t bother to unwrap me.
Please keep the ribbon tied.
Just hold me close to your heart.
I’m filled with love inside.
For almost three decades, Teckla produced these tiny gifts, and gave them away wherever she went.
Whether it was family, friends, neighbors or strangers she met on the street, she always had an extra “Love Box” as she made sure to keep her purse and pockets well stocked.
No doubt these boxes can be found sitting on the shelves in community members, friends, and family homes, as little reminders of our infinite capacity for love.
Her boxes have even traveled to several countries around the world, including Germany, Afghanistan and China. It’s been estimated that she had made over 43,000 “Love Boxes,” thus earning her the nickname “The Love Box Lady”; a title she wore with pride, as the boxes had become her ministry. She gave each one away, asking for nothing in return, except for one small payment: a hug.
To anyone who had the privilege of knowing her, Teckla was a woman with a strong faith in God, a compassionate heart, and a mischievous sense of humor.
She will be missed, but never forgotten.
The family would like to thank all those who helped and cared for Teckla, including the staff of Shorehaven Living in Oconomowoc, Ann Shallue at the ProHealth Care Clinic in Sussex and all the wonderful people from Vitas Hospice.
Funeral services will be at 11:30 AM Saturday, May 9, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, W240-N3103 Pewaukee Road, City of Pewaukee (Highway 164 south of Capitol Drive). Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until time of service at church. The Rev. Richard Krause and Rev. Timothy Gerbing will be officiating. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Memorials in Teckla’s name to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Children’s Educational Needs would be greatly appreciated by the family.
Yonke & Son Funeral Home of Pewaukee, 262-691-1900, is serving the family.