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Alene Lautenbach


Alene Lautenbach, age 96, of Neillsville, WI died Sunday, November 7, 2021 at the Stevens Point Health Services Nursing Home.

Alene Edith Marg was born on October 22, 1925 in the Town of Fremont, Clark County, WI the daughter of Elmer and Agnes (Garbisch) Marg. She graduated from Granton High School in 1942 and then moved to Racine, WI, where she worked at the J.I. Case Company as a riveter on B-52 bombers from 1944-45. Alene also worked at the Milwaukee Phone Co. as a switch board operator from 1946-47. On February 15, 1947 she was united in marriage to Ralph LeRoy Lautenbach at the Zion Lutheran Church in Granton. They resided in Granton and began to raise a family. In 1957, Alene began working as a stitcher at the Weinbrenner Shoe Company in Marshfield, WI. She worked there until 1968 when she went to work as a nursing assistant for the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville. Ralph died on January 4, 1979 and Alene worked at the hospital until 1987. She then began a 20-year career with Figi’s in Neillsville eventually retiring at the age of 82 in 2007.

Alene was a member of the Zion American Lutheran Church in Granton, where she also taught Sunday School and belonged to the Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the South Grant Sewing Club for many years. She enjoyed reading the Bible, crocheting, embroidering and quilting. Over the years she made quilts for all her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by four children, Jerald (Barbara) Lautenbach of Sauk City, WI, James (Carol) Lautenbach of Rosholt, WI, Marjorie (Joseph) Felser of Neillsville, WI and Dianne (Daniel) Mueller of Alma, WI, 6 grandchildren, Amy (Mike) Bonds, Nicole (Shane) Been, Cancace Felser, Andrew (Kaui) Lautenbach, Brent (Crystal) Lautenbach and Sarah (Dennis) Raddeman, 13 great grandchildren, Tanner Huth, Victoria Huth, Kyle Been, Lucas Been, Alexis Been, Eleanor Lautenbach, Courtney Lautenbach, Alexander Beatty, McKenzie Lautenbach, Ashley Been, Leo Lautenbach, Talcott Lautenbach and Georgiana Raddeman. Alene is further survived by a sister, Amber Pischer of Neillsville, WI and 3 sisters-in-law, Rhoena Marg, Jeanne Marg and Rose Lautenbach.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Lautenbach in 1979, her parents, Elmer and Agnes Marg, a sister, Ruth Marg, brothers, Curtiss Marg, Duane Marg and Erland Marg, 2 sisters-in-law, Dorothy Marg and Gladys Marg and a brother-in-law, Harvey Pischer.

A Memorial Service celebrating Alene’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, December 5, 2021 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI. Pastor Bob Garbisch will officiate. Visitation will be from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m., Sunday, December 5, 2021 at the Gesche Funeral Home. A private family interment will be held at the Zion American Lutheran Church Cemetery in Granton, WI.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Alene’s family with funeral arrangements.

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