Charlene A. Breu, 85, Hewitt, formerly of Auburndale, passed away peacefully at her home with family at her side on Thursday, July 1, 2021.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, July 9 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Auburndale, with visitation to begin at 9:00 until the time of service. Rev. Murali Anand Rayappan will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Charlene was born on November 9, 1935, in Stratford to Loren and Amanda (Viegut) Winistorfer and was a 1953 graduate of Stratford High School. After graduation, she pursued a degree in cosmetology at The Beauty Culture School in Green Bay where she graduated in 1954.
She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Robert J. Breu on June 15, 1957, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Auburndale. Together, they raised their family and farmed for over 50 years. With wonderful parents as her example, she selflessly and lovingly cared for her family as a Mother, an expert cook, housekeeper, and advisor. Grandma’s house was where her grandkids came to get spoiled and over-indulge in her specialties: dill pickles, cheesy potatoes, Christmas bon-bons, and cutout cookies. She attempted to disguise her goodies in the freezer with labels like “save for church” or “cherries” with the hopes they’d survive until Christmas. She also enjoyed a competitive game of “Breu Bingo” and Pictionary and watching her favorite TV shows, Wheel of Fortune and Dog the Bounty Hunter.
She loved to tell stories of growing up in Stratford. One of her favorites was when her classmates would ask her what she did over the weekend and she would tell them she went sledding on “P”. She would laugh after seeing the expression on their face and explain that it was the name of the road near them, Junction P.
Charlene is survived by her husband of 64 years, Bob, and their children, Deb (Harvey) Sobiech of Reedsville, Scott (Val) Breu of Auburndale, Cindy (Joel) Bobo of Lexington, SC, Randy Breu of Marshfield, Jeff (Jeanine) Breu of Richfield, Kevin (Kelly) Breu of Auburndale, Kim (Scott) Mancl of Auburndale, Roberta (Dan) Lila of Wisconsin Rapids, Rick (Sandi) Breu of De Pere, Gloria (Jeff) Zaves of Menasha and Kristen Breu of Hewitt. She was blessed with 23 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her sister, Eileen Hoesly, and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Alvina Winistorfer, Robert Aschenbrenner, Marcella Breu, Ardelle Vandehey, Diane Breu, Victor Dieringer, Mary Lois (Wallace) Linzmeier, and Bernadette Breu (Dave Helgerson).
She was preceded in death by her parents Loren and Amanda (Viegut) Winistorfer, a brother Lamar Winistorfer, sisters, Marcia (Wilbur) Bolen, Imogene (Harold) Custer, and Beverly Aschenbrenner and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, George E. Breu, Kathleen “Mitzie” Dieringer, Donald Hoesly, Donald Weber and Lawrence Vandehey, nephews, Tim Remitz, David Breu and Lawrence Vandehey, Jr., a niece, Mary Vandehey, and grandson, Drew Breu.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Carla and her “Angels” for the tremendous amount of love, care, and emotional support during her final days, allowing her to remain in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving husband and family.
In lieu of flowers, a fund will be established at a later date in her name supporting local organizations close to her heart including The Children’s Miracle Network, ODC, and The Ronald McDonald House.
Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com