Jewell H. E. Birkholz, 95, Wausau, passed away on Friday, January 14, 2022 at Wausau Manor, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
She was born December 10, 1926 in Wausau, daughter of the late Emil and Margaret (Deckerdt) Laabs. On June 7, 1945, she married John Birkholz in Wausau. He preceded her in death on January 16, 1980.
For over 40 years, Jewell worked as head housekeeper for the Holiday Inn, Wausau until her retirement. She was an avid lover of animals, loved to dance and swim and enjoyed listening to music, especially Johnny Cash. Jewell also enjoyed reading and helping out her family every step of the way.
She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was affectionately known as everyone’s “Grandma”.
Survivors include, her son, Buckley (Linda) Birkholz, Wausau; four grandchildren, Christina (Corey) Sessions, Katie Husar, Buckley J. II (Nicole) Birkholz and Ashlee (Bradley Hanson) Birkholz; and six great-grandchildren, Crystal (Brian) Lightsley, Dameyn Sessions, Michael Sessions, Emilie Birkholz, Henry Hanson and Edith Jean Birkholz.
Besides her parents and husband, John, she was preceded in death by her son, Scotty Birkholz; and three siblings.
Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2022 at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau with funeral services beginning at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2022.
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