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Inez Wheeler passed away on November 16, 2017 with her children by her side. She was born in Whittlesy, WI on October 5, 1919, a year before women got the right to vote. Throughout her long and rich life, Inez exemplified love of family and the importance of having fun together, values that form a strong foundation for generations that follow her. She was a friend to many and an enthusiastic Packer and Badger fan.

Inez graduated from Marshfield high school in 1937 where she was the school’s only cheerleader. She attended Madison Business School. She married the late Eugene (Gene) Wheeler on January 1, 1942 in Reedsburg, WI. Gene’s career with A&P prompted the family to move to Wausau in 1961. Gene passed away unexpectedly in 1963 and Inez became a single mother to her three young children.

Inez worked for many years for Wausau Public Schools, serving as the first secretary of Riverview elementary school and then working in the district office. She was a Girl Scout leader, a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Eastern Star. She was an officer for many years of Back Your Jacks. She loved sports and was the number one fan of her children’s teams and of many Wausau East teams. She was a member of the Methodist church and later the Universalist Unitarian church.

Inez was preceded in death by her husband; parents Albert and Marie Lindow; siblings Leroy Lindow and Florine Milbrath, and many dear friends.

Survivors include her daughter Barbara Peterson of San Diego, CA; son Richard Wheeler (Lisa Reavill) of Bloomington, MN and son Thom Wheeler (Joan Kwako) of Duluth, MN; granddaughters, Paula Peterson Serbus (Jason) of Falls Church, VA; Kendra Peterson Deja (Jeff) of San Diego, CA; Paige Wheeler (Charlie Smith) of Minneapolis MN; Lindsey Wheeler Lee (Nicholas) of Minneapolis, MN; and Stella Inez Wheeler of Duluth, MN; and great grandsons Garrett Serbus, Louis Deja and Sam Deja. She will also be missed by her nieces, nephews and many great friends.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Memorial Day Weekend 2018. Memorials may be directed to the Gardens, c/o Homme Home Foundation, 604 South Webb St., Wittenberg, WI 54599.

Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center – Wausau Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be given at

Inez’s family thanks the staff and friends at the Gardens, her home for the past five years, and the caregivers from Aspirus Hospice for their loving care of Inez to her last day.

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  1. Mary Ann Dykes

    11/28/2017 at 3:01 pm

    Dear Barb,

    I will always remember how glad Inez seemed to be when we stopped to visit with her as the Sunshine Gals from FUMC came to sing at the Gardens. But of course I remember her before that as a kind generous person. As you told me about moving to California and the “gift” she gave to you, it only enhances those memories of her kindness and love.
    I know you will miss her and I am sorry for your loss.

    With caring, Mary Ann Dykes

  2. Ron Nobler

    11/28/2017 at 3:01 pm

    To the Wheeler family: My deepest condolences on the passing of Inez. Although I have not seen her in many many years I have such fond memories of going to her house to spend time with Thom and Rick. She was kind, knowledgeable, soft spoken and always so welcoming to me. Tom & Rick, please know I am thinking of you and your mom at this time,

    An old friend…Ron Nobler

  3. Mr & Mrs Edwards

    11/28/2017 at 3:01 pm

    My heart goes out each of your family members during this time of grievance. May God be by your side during each and every moment …

  4. Susan Pahlmeyer

    11/28/2017 at 3:01 pm

    What an amazing and full life Inez had. I have such fond memories of her. She always had a smile, gentle kindness and enthusiasm about her. My thoughts are with all of you at this time of loss. She will be greatly missed.