Zella Mae Schlegel, age 93, died on the evening of January 6, at the Comforts of Home in Baldwin, surrounded by her family. Zella was born in Alma Center, WI to Frank and Myra Joos. She graduated from Alma Center High School, and took part in the Wisconsin Honors Band playing her clarinet. She graduated from Stout State Institute and briefly taught Home Economics before devoting her life to her husband and children on the family farm in Jackson County, WI. She was known for her sewing, gardening and food preservation, as well as her culinary skills. Zella was active in Methodist Church activities locally in Melrose, WI and with the United Methodist Women at the state level. In Jackson County she was active with the Easter Cantata Choir, National Farmer’s Organization, associations for literacy and mental health, the Jackson County Historical Society, 4-H, and the Irving and Jackson County Homemakers, among other organizations.
Zella is survived by her beloved George, her husband of over 71 years, their children, Myra (Steve) Douglass of Atascadero, CA, Alice (Jim) Cardella of Novi, MI, Georgia Larsen of Menomonie, WI, Paula Bondarenko of Baldwin, WI, and Edward (Glendyr) Schlegel of Niceville, FL, grandchildren, Val (Greg) Nelson, Jane Douglass, David (Kaylee) Pierle, Matt Pierle, Charles (Debby) Bondarenko, Roberta (Daniel Nied) Larsen, Shasta (Tracy) Wallace, Christina Schlegel, Jacob (Samantha) Henning, Sivu Schlegel, Daniel Schlegel and Cynthia Lorentz, six great-grandchildren, Zella and Zachary Nelson, Grace and Carter Pierle and Keara, Ean, and Brandan Wallace, sister-in-law, Winifred Joos, numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Zella is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Mabel, brothers, Milton and Thane and son-in-law, Steve Larsen.
A memorial celebration of Zella’s life will be held at 11am on Friday, January 11 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin. A visitation will be held from 9-11 am. Burial will be held at a later date in Irving Township, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be given in Zella’s name to the Irving Cemetery, Comforts of Home in Baldwin, Park View Home in Woodville, the Melrose, Wisconsin United Methodist Church, Adoray Hospice, or the American Parkinson Disease Association. Services are in the care of the O’Connell Family Funeral Home – Baldwin Chapel 715.684.3434