CUMBERLAND, Wis. — Elsie Henrietta Vilz, 89, of Cumberland died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Our House Memory Care in Rice Lake.

She was born March 5, 1928, in Frankfurt, Germany to Heinrich and Karolina (Pfeifer) Prussing.

She was married in Germany Nov. 21, 1948, to a soldier by the name of Eugene Vilz, Sr. After his service, they moved to Turtle Lake, and she worked over 30 years at Falcon Drill which later became American Tool in Cumberland.

Elsie loved her family, especially her grandkids and feline companions. She was very active, and enjoyed dancing, casino gaming, playing the accordian, flower gardening and was an accomplished cook. She was well known for her apple strudel and dill pickles. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

She leaves many fond memories with her son, Eugene Vilz, Jr. of Menomonie; daughters, Rose Marie (Otto) Phetteplace of New Richmond, Roseanna (Douglas) Walters of Cumberland and Roxie Lou (Fred) Till of Menomonie; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Eugene, Sr. preceded her in death May 18, 1979.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at Skinner Funeral Home, Cumberland with Pastor Heather Wighdahl officiating. Burial will be in Independence Cemetery, Arland. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service.

Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland is serving the family.


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