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Doris Erna Seehafer

Doris Erna Seehafer, age 86, Wausau, formerly of Rib Falls Township, Marathon County, went to her heavenly home on Friday, January 27th 2012, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Doris was born June 5th 1925, in the town of Rib Falls, to the late Paul and Lydia (Fellbaum) Graveen.  She was united in marriage to Leonhard J. Seehafer, at Salem Lutheran Church, town of Hamburg, on October 24th 1942.  They had celebrated 65 years of marriage before his death on March 22nd 2008.

Doris was a life-long resident of Rib Falls Township, where she and Leonhard farmed side-by-side until their retirement.  Besides the farming, she was well-known for her love of raising her geese and pigs.  She also enjoyed all kinds of crafts; sewing especially was her greatest pleasure.  She could sew anything from quilts to dresses or suits to coats.  Nothing was too great of a challenge for her when it came to sewing.  Besides her family and crafts, she enjoyed flowers and traveling throughout the years.  She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Rib Falls, where she had belonged to the Ladies' Aid until recent years.  She was still an active member of the Rib Falls HCE and a charter member of the Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin.

Survivors include her daughter, LouAnn (Robert R.) Hoff, Wausau; son, Dale (Laurie) Seehafer, Marathon; daughter-in-law, Jorene (Rodney) Sabatke, Merrill; 8 grandchildren, Rev. Daniel (Denise) Seehafer, Christine (John) Luedtke, Lynda (Victor) Smith, Robin (Deb) Hoff, Renea (Zak Kania) Hoff, Jolene (Michael) Arrowood, and Michelle and Christopher Seehafer; 9 great-grandchildren, Jacob and Emma Seehafer, Ethan and Zachary Luedtke, Eric and Kytaira Smith, Robert A. Hoff, Hailey and Makenzie Arrowood, and another great-grandchild due in May 2012; 3 step-great grandchildren, Tom Cimino, Jr., Don (Vanessa O'Leary) Cimino, and Amanda (Tim) Schmidt, 3 step great-great grandchildren, Amelia Cimino, and Layla and Carter Schmidt; and one sister, Darlene Gutknecht, Wausau.

Along with her parents and husband, Doris was preceded in death by her son, Lester Seehafer; great-granddaughter, Lauren Seehafer; 2 sisters, Elsie Hieronimus and infant, Edna; and 3 brothers, Ervin Graveen and infants, William and Paul, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 31st 2012, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Rib Falls with Rev. Terry Reich officiating.  Burial will be at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, town of Hamburg.  Friends may call Monday, January 30th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Helke Funeral Home, Wausau; and again from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services, Tuesday, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Rib Falls.  You may sign our family guestbook at

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