Alice Mayme Wisnewski, age 83, of Wausau, died Monday afternoon, April 26, 2021, at Wausau Aspirus Hospital, while being comforted by family.
She was born a twin on April 13, 1938, with her brother Allen, to Frederick and Mary (Krell) Lierman. They were the youngest of six children, being born 10 years after their next oldest sibling. Alice grew up living in the Brooklyn part of Edgar. She told of many stories of a happy and loving childhood, that usually involved her Mother, Allen and the creek that flowed behind her parent’s hobby farm. Alice graduated from Edgar High School in 1957.
After high school, Alice worked as a waitress at Medo Farms Restaurant in Abbotsford and then for the Wisconsin Phone Company in Madison. One weekend when she returned home for a visit, she met a young man who stopped to help her, and her girlfriend change a flat tire on Pioneer road, near Athens. That young man was Mark Jerome Wisnewski, who she married on May 23, 1959 at Holy Family Church in Poniatowski. Together they had six children before divorcing in 1975. She never remarried.
Alice worked many different jobs but one that she was most proud of was working at Wausau Hospital as a certified nursing assistant. It was her hardest job also, mostly because it was difficult for her to not become attached to the patients and their families. Alice was employed by Wausau Insurance Company for many years until her retirement.
Alice was a funny, sweet lady. Tiny but feisty. Family and friends that knew her have called her spirited, a firecracker, a little spark plug. She was non-pretentious, and everyone was her “buddy”. She had a courage and strength that often surprised her family. Alice loved to travel, visiting throughout Europe with her brother Allen, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, and Hawaii. Being a lifelong Elvis fan, having toured Graceland was on the top of her bucket list. When her family was younger, Summers were spent camping with Allen’s family. Traveling and camping with the twins was a laugh out loud adventure. She spent many hours reading, diamond dot painting, dot to dot drawings, and word search puzzles. She was a big Packer fan and liked to watch Jeopardy and Golf. Driving the cart while her Grandsons played golf was always a happy thrill for her. To honor her oldest brother Cliff, who was killed in action in France during WWII, Alice became a member of the Wausau American Legion Auxiliary.
Alice is survived by 2 sons; Dale (Sue) Wisnewski, Rib Mountain, Scott Wisnewski, Athens, 2 daughters; Kim (Larry) Althoff, Rib Mountain, Heidi (Randy) Adamski, Pike Lake, 12 Grandchildren; Dustin Spatz, Mosinee, Brian (Paige Lloyd) Wisnewski, Rothschild, Christopher Wisnewski, LaCrosse, Jason (Lindley) Wisnewski, Morton Grove IL, Jessica (Ryan) Frahm, Athens, Eric Wisnewski, Stetsonville, Amanda (Brad) Teske, Merrill, Heather Althoff, Wausau, Brad (Brittney) Althoff, Wausau, Brittany (Henry Stillwell) Althoff, Woodbury MN, Kyle (Angela Fisher) Adamski, Lawrenceville GA, Kody Adamski, Pike Lake, 17 Great Grandchildren; Emily Spatz, Melanie and Charlie Wisnewski, Allen Paul Wisnewski, Hardin and Harrison Wisnewski, Gavin and Garrett Frahm, Brendin and Gage Wisnewski, Tanner and Miranda Bullman, Dylan and Hunter Teske, Makenzie Althoff, Nicolas and Anna Althoff.
Besides her parents, Alice was preceded in death by 4 brothers; Clifford, Frederick, Gordon, and Allen Lierman, 1 sister; Dorothy (Ed) Frank, ex-husband, Mark Wisnewski, and 2 sons; Joseph and Ricky Wisnewski.
A memorial service will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home located at 3400 Stewart Ave., Wausau. Interment will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com
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