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Vearl Kleinschmidt

January 25, 1924 — September 17, 2017

Vearl M. Kleinschmidt, age 93, of Merrill, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill, while under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services.

Vearl was born on January 25, 1924 to the late Fred and Hazel (Cooper) Hofmann in Merrill.  She married William H. Kleinschmidt on July 26, 1941 in Merrill.  He preceded her in death on December of 2004.

Vearl was a loving and caring homemaker and housewife for over 60 years.  She was a diamond member of The Lincoln County Homemaker’s Club for that entire time.  Vearl also farmed with her husband in the town of Scott.  She adored her family and enjoyed seeing them and spending time with her grandchildren.  Vearl was known to make amazing meals for family gatherings, always making sure that no one left her table hungry!  She also enjoyed her birds, especially cardinals.  Vearl was very fond of her horses.  She spent time with her horses and rode them throughout most of her adult life.  Vearl also had vegetable gardens that she tended to and did some canning from that food.  She also had a talent for sewing, and would frequently make items for family and friends. Vearl was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Merrill.  She was a loving and strong woman that was always ready to give a hug.  Vearl will be sadly missed.

Vearl is survived by her daughter:  Kristine (Jim) Love of Merrill, 3 grandchildren:  Corey (Kim Reed) Koelsch of Wausau, Kevin (Nikki) Koelsch and Nicole (Timmy Lemke) Koelsch, both of Merrill, 7 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, brother:  Kenneth Hofmann of Merrill, 3 sisters:  Violet (Richard) Hahn of Amery, Gail Jahnke of Little Chute and Phyllis (Thomas) Baumann of Germantown and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents:  Fred and Hazel Hofmann, husband:  Wiliam H. Kleinschmidt, brothers: Norman (Yvonne) Hofmann, Lenard (Pearl) Hofmann and one brother in infancy: Aloysius, sister-in-law:  Grace Hofmann, brother-in-law:  Jerald Jahnke and infant granddaughter:  Bailey Mae Koelsch.

Funeral Services for Vearl will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 12noon at Waid Funeral Home.  Rev.  James Weiland will officiate.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 10am until the time of the service, also at the funeral home.  Burial will immediately follow in the Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery.

Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be made at

Family wishes to extend their appreciation to the wonderful staff at the Pine Crest Nursing Home.  They went above and beyond and loved and cared for Vearl in so many ways.  Thank you.

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