LUCERNE RUTH (BOLDT) NEUMANN
Lucerne Ruth (nee Boldt) Neumann, age 90, passed away on September 30. Preceded in death by husband Dr. Gordon Neumann, parents Antoinette and Richard, siblings Marietta and Harvey Boldt, Sons-in-law Peter Haverly and Bert Kuiper, niece Mary Skrentny, great-niece Wendy Klein.
Cherished Mom of Jeanne Haverly, Cindy Kuiper and Gordy (Connie) Neumann. Beloved Gramma to Erin and Andra (Eric); Dane, Carrie, Chris and Kim; Alicia, Devyn, Chantel and Zackary. Delighted Great-Gramma of Grant and Jaxon. Also survived by brother-in-law Richard (Jan) Neumann and many nieces and nephews.
Lucerne was born August 27, 1925 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She was baptized and confirmed at the German Lutheran Church. Lu graduated from Central High School in 1944. She was employed by Benson Optical and, as a “Buyer” for Doerflinger’s Department store, she met the love of her life, Gordon. They were married on July 9, 1947 and left immediately for El Toro, California where Gordie was stationed in the Marines. After a short period of time they returned to LaCrosse where Gordie attended Business School. Then they moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota as “Doc” began Dental School. Lu worked nights at Honeywell while also caring for two small children. In 1953, the family moved to Colfax, Wisconsin where they had a well-known Dental Practice for over forty years.
Lucerne took pleasure in entertaining, cooking and baking. Her family and friends were the fortunate recipients of her culinary talents. While holiday dinners were a work of art, her specialty was soup and everyone knows that she liked it served “very, very, very hot.”
As a member of Colfax Lutheran Church, Lu joined the Altar Guild and Faith Circle. She was involved in the order of the Eastern Star and also as Vice-President and President of the Northwest District Dental Auxiliary. Lu was well-known within in the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 131, “Poppy Day” was spent in downtown Colfax where she usually amassed significant donations!
Lucerne enjoyed traveling, golf, hunting and fishing. A fun outing was playing the slot machines at any casino and Lu usually came home a winner! Her favorite TV shows included Days of Our Lives, Kathie Lee & Hoda, Jeopardy and the Hallmark Channel. She was also an enthusiastic fan of the Green Bay Packers.
Being at the Viking Bowl was truly her favorite past-time, participating in both the Women’s and Senior Leagues. Lucerne was an active bowler at 88 years old! Known as a wonderful hostess, no one ever missed attending when Lu signed up to serve! At the end of the evening, she loved shaking dice and participating in the shake of the day. An honored recipient on the “Wall of Fame,” she also earned many awards at State and National Bowling Tournaments. Lucerne will forever be remembered as a kind, generous, lovely lady who cherished her friendships and always took the time to help others. She will be deeply missed by her many special friends.
We are so very blessed and thankful to have had this dear woman in our lives and we are all better people because of her. Words cannot express the sorrow of our loss, but we take comfort in knowing that she loved us and we loved her in return.
Lucerne is now “Gone from our sight, but never our memories. Gone from our touch, but never our hearts.” We miss you in our lives, Mom, and will forever love you.”
The celebration of Lucerne’s life will be Monday, November 2 at Colfax Lutheran Church. Visitation at the Church will be from 12 P.M. until her service at 2 P.M. Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
If there ever comes a day
when we can’t be together,
keep me in your heart,
I’ll stay there forever.
—Winnie the Pooh