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Lila Louise Oelhafen

February 8, 1931 — April 12, 2020

Lila Oelhafen, age 89, of Neillsville, WI passed away Sunday, April 12, 2020 at her home. Lila was born on February 8, 1931 in Thorp, WI the daughter of the late Donald and Lydia (Wessel) Tieman Sr.


She is survived by her loving sons, Daniel J. (Joanne) Oelhafen of Granton, WI and Scott E. (Debra) Oelhafen of New Lenox, IL, a dear brother, Roger (Linda) Tieman of Spring Grove, IL, beloved grandchildren, Lisa Oelhafen, Lori (Pete) Nguyen, Sara (Jessie) Marsh, Stacy (Jamie) Petit, Nathan (Tiffany) Tytor, Valerie and Jeff Deegan, great grandchildren, Blake Oelhafen, Parker and Grace Nguyen and numerous nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her sister, Violet (Bill) Hoeper and brothers, Donald (Diane) Tieman and Robert (Barb) Tieman.


Lila worked as a Social Service Aide Volunteer Coordinator for Social Services in Neillsville until she retired in 1996. She participated in The HighGround’s annual bicycle tour for many years riding over 2000 miles a year. She enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening, craft projects, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.


She did volunteer work and was always willing to lend a helping hand. She had a very independent spirit and loved her children and spoiled the grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook and baker. Her recipe for homemade noodles and cut-out cookies has been passed on to the family. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends. Her travels took her to many different states and countries. Her most memorable was her trip to Israel with her granddaughter, Lori. Lila had a very contagious laugh and beautiful smile. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.


In lieu of Flowers donations may be made in her name to The HighGround Veterans Memorial Park, P.O. Box 457, Neillsville, WI 54456.


A private family Graveside Service will be held this Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood, WI. A Celebration of Lila’s life will be held at a later date.


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