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Louise Guthmiller was born on a farm eight miles southwest of Tripp, South Dakota on Saturday, November 2, 1918. She was the youngest of eleven children born to Ludwig and Katharina (Hieb) Guthmiller. She was baptized and confirmed in the Reformed Faith and attended the Rural Oak Hollow School District #70 through the 8th grade. Louise’s father died in 1924 when she was six years old and her mother and all the children worked hard to keep their farm.
In 1943, Louise moved into Tripp from the farm and from 1943 to 1947 she was employed at various stores within the Tripp community. In 1947, she traveled with Rev. and Mrs. Jack Grether to Neillsville, Wisconsin where she began working at the Winnebago Indian School in Neillsville. After earning her GED in July of 1961 and attending night school, she became an administrative secretary at the school, first for Rev. Grether and later for Rev. Ben Stucki. Over the years, “Miss Lou” was given many beautiful baskets hand-woven by the women and children at the Indian school.
Louise had maintained her ties to the Tripp area during her years in Wisconsin and purchased a house in Tripp that she occupied during school vacations, then lived in following her retirement. After retiring to Tripp, Louise cared for her sister, Esther, and her brothers, Konnie and Samuel, in their final years. Louise was an independent, ambitious woman who held strong opinions and had a “can do” spirit. She was always busy. She loved to drive and will be remembered driving her red Dodge and later her white Beretta. She was the Guthmiller family historian and chronicled all of the family events, names and dates. Louise was a member of Frieden’s Reformed Church and the Good Samaritan Auxiliary. She was Treasurer for the Auxiliary and was instrumental in the creation of the Tripp Community Calendar to benefit the Good Samaritan Society, duties which she enjoyed until just last year. She enjoyed gardening and mowing her yard and she loved all animals, especially her cats, Mikey and Mickey. Louise lived her life independently, driving her car and maintaining her home until age 93.
Louise’s physical health began to deteriorate, but her mind remained sharp until the very end. She moved into Good Samaritan Assisted Living in October of 2011 and became a resident of the nursing home last month. It is there that she passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2012, having attained the age of 94 years and 22 days. ”I have fought the good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.” Timothy 4:7
Louise is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her parents, Ludwig and Katharina Guthmiller, Louise was preceded in death by three sisters: Athalia Tesky, Bertha Buchholz, and Esther Guthmiller; seven brothers: Solomon, Samuel, Emanuel, Konnie, Leo, Otto and Carl; one niece and two nephews.
Where do I begin? Miss Lou came into my life in 2007, after my mother died & Miss Lou wrote a lovely & kind condolence letter to my dad, Jacob Stucki (son of Mr. Ben Stucki at the Winnebago Children's Home, later, Sunburst Village). Miss Lou had peonies & irises transplanted from the Indian School that my grandfather had planted. She invited my sister Marcie & me to come to Tripp to take some of these heritage cuttings. So off we went! Miss Lou was a remarkable woman in so many ways, from her gardening skills and knowledge, her love of cats, her common sense approach to life and her loyalty to my grandparents, Ben & Ella Stucki. Our short visits with Miss Lou were always filled with history, friendship and love, even though we only knew her a short while. Miss Lou was a conduit to my ancestors and to Neillsville, Wisconsin and opened my heart to her ancestors and the life of South Dakota with its strong people who lived there in the past and to Pat, Mike & Harry. You are all wonderful! My life is richer and happier having known her. My garden blooms in the late spring with peonies and iris from the roots of my life. Marcie, Beki & I were so fortunate to visit with her & attend her auction in October. Fiery as usual, Miss Lou showed me her strength and courage, peace with her life and a grace that one can only find in people who are true to their own souls. Miss Lou, you made the world a better place with your presence and I'm so glad to have known you, Love Heidi
Heidi Stucki & service dog, Beki Dec 5 2012 1:19 PM
My condolences to the family of "Miss Lou" Guthmiller. I had the pleasure of working with "Miss Lou" at the Riverview School of Sunburst Youth Homes before she retired and moved permanently to Tripp, South Dakota. We stayed in touch at Christmastime exchanging a Christmas card and letter annually. I could always count on a typed letter from Lou outlining the previous year's events (ex: How the local football team faired, etc.). She missed only one year - and that was last year. She will live on in our memories forever. Lori Schultz
Lori Schultz Nov 28 2012 10:36 AM
Our prayers go out to the family especially Chad and Amber and family, sounds like she had a very happy life and she enjoyed life.
Don & Betty Woehl Nov 27 2012 5:38 AM
We send our deepest sympathy to the family of Miss Lou Guthmiller. She was a part of many families here in Neillsville and followed our area news in the Clark County Press. Lou will always be remembered for her wonderful smile, great sense of humor, and her love for all God's creatures. The world was a better place because of her.--Craig and Mary Lou England
Craig and Mary Lou England Nov 26 2012 6:26 PM
Rest in peace dear friend. I've known louise for only about a year through letters about my family history. My wife and I truly enjoyed our visit with her this spring. She was a godsend of so much information about my family that I was in search of. Two months ago, my brothers and I visited her. I'm ever so glad I did, again I found out more. Thanks again dear lady. Galen
Galen Hieb Nov 26 2012 3:22 PM
My heart felt sympathy to Miss Lou's family. I knew Lou as a co-worker for 26 years in Neillsville and she was someone who made the grass seem a little greener, the day feel a little warmer and the sun shine a little brighter. I'll miss her annual Christmas card and letter with news of Tripp and her latest pets. Seems like many strays showed up on her porch waiting to be adopted. I feel honored to have had Lou as a friend. Sincerely, Phyllis Embke Neillsville, WI
Phyllis Embke Nov 26 2012 8:24 AM
Our heartfelt sympathy to the family of "Miss Lou". She was a wonderful, amazing woman and we treasure our memories of the many years together at Sunburst. We will miss her chatty letters keeping us up to date with the football team in Tripp, her family and her many pets (we so remember Boo and Marshmallow), her garden...all the things so important to her. Her presence will be missed and remembered.
Laurie and Ned Carlson Nov 26 2012 7:41 AM
My prayers and condolences to the Guthmiller family. I was pleased to get to know Louise through our written correspondence over the past several years. We exchanged information on our mutual Guthmiller family roots and she was always so very thoughtful to make sure that I got a copy of the Good Samaritan Center calendar.
Allyn Brosz Nov 26 2012 5:41 AM