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Jeanne E. Rix

Jeanne E. Rix

Jeanne E. Rix, age 62 of Eau Galle, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at her home in Eau Galle surrounded by her loving family.

Jeanne was born on September 30, 1954 in Durand. She was the daughter of Fred and Darlene (Bauer) Sobottka. Jeanne grew up in Eau Galle, attended St. Henry’s grade school and graduated from Durand High School in 1972. After high school, Jeanne owned and operated Polecats Den in Eau Galle. In 1982, Jeanne moved to the Naples, FL area where she worked various jobs. While in Florida, Jeanne met her future husband, Donald. They were married on May 10, 1986 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Eau Galle. After marriage they continued living in Florida where they owned various businesses and started their family. In 1993, Jeanne and her family moved back to Eau Galle. Jeanne then bought and operated the Jeanne’s South Side Inn for several years. In 1998, Jeanne built Dis-n-Dat from the ground up and operated it until her health forced her to retire.

Jeanne enjoyed buying and selling items on eBay, she also enjoyed gardening, doing Sudoku and watching Days of Our Lives. Most of all, Jeanne loved spending time with family and friends.

Jeanne is survived by her husband of 30 years; Don, two daughters; Amanda (Matt) Hirn of Red Wing, MN and Rachel Rix of Eau Galle, her mother; Darlene Sobottka of Eau Galle, siblings; Fred “Fritz” (Sandy) Sobottka of Hudson, Joan (Ivan) Cuppett of Addison, PA, Ponch (Georgene) Sobottka of Eau Galle, Mike (Laurie) Sobottka of Cannon Falls, MN, Jill (Charles) Halfen of Eau Galle and Pat Sobottka of Menomonie, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death her father, Fred Sobottka and a very special aunt; Dorothy (Neil) McClellan.

The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Nikki Miller, Michelle Brantner and Alicia Rodgers for their loving care and support.

Memorial mass will be 11:00 AM Monday, March 13, 2017 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Eau Galle with Rev. Jerry Hoeser officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Sunday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Clarence Schneider family

    Thoughts and prayers are with your family. Jeanne was such a wonderful people person. Always helpful and funny.

  2. Charlie Tiffany

    We had incredible times with Jeanne back in the day. Thanks to her I met all my Eau Galle friends and still cherish the wild memories. May she rest in peace.

  3. Paula

    Family of Jeanne I'm so sorry for your loss l will keep you all in thoughts and prayers

    Paula Smith

  4. Mike Frommholz

    Although it's been a number of years since I saw Jeanne, I will miss her. Her friendly demeanor and joking was always welcome. My deepest condolences to Ponch and the rest of the Sobottka family at this time.

  5. Amanda (Smith) Glaus

    I am so very sorry to hear about Jeanne's passing. Every time I went into the store she was always so nice, curious to find out what was going on with my day. Very pleasant conversation every time. Always a smile on her face. I will miss visiting with her. I am sorry for your loss.

  6. Jane Bauer

    Jean, was a classmate of mine of 1972. Very happy, joyful, hard working and friendly individual. My deepest sympathy goes to the family of their great loss she will be missed.

  7. Brian Zawacki

    Even if we didn't need anything, every time we went to the farm we would stop at the Dis n Dat. I always enjoyed my conversations with Jeanne. Eau Galle won't be the same. The Shafers and Zawackis will miss you.

  8. Rob and Renee Smith

    Sending our sympathy to all Jeanne's family. We were saddened to hear of her passing. We have many fond memories and had many good times with Jeanne! Wish we could have come to give you all hugs, but it did not work out. Take care! Rob and Renee Smith

  9. Charles and Kylie marks

    We are so sorry for your loss

  10. Kris Polzer

    So sorry to hear of Jeanne's passing. She was a wonderful person who always had a smile for everyone.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  11. Marcia Cox

    Our deepest sympathy to Jean's family, may all your wonderful memories keep you strong and the love and strength that you have showed give you peace. She will remain in our hearts but be missed so very much.

  12. Mike and Elona

    I can't make it the wake and funeral I have work so you have our condolences she will greatly missed

  13. John Judy parr

    We are sorry to read your loss

  14. Crystal Dow

    I'm stunned! Rachel and family...I thought she was on the mend a couple weeks ago and felt bad about Julie, not ever did I consider the terrible news about Jean. I am sending my sincere sympathy to you and your family. I'm deeply sorry to hear the news , and if I can be of any help please call
    672 8581....Crystal Dow

  15. Bob Whelihan

    Don my condolences to you and the girls. Never a dull moment delivering to the store and getting Jeanne's perspective of things from behind the counter. In my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Dan and Jean Olivarez

    Thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sorrowful time. Know that Jeanne is no longer suffering and ifree of the pain and suffering. Though she is no longer with us, the lifetime of memories will remain. Our deepest sympathies. Jean and Dan.

  17. patrick b brantner

    sorry for your lose

  18. Dawn Holden

    I'm so very sorry for your loss, Jeannie was and always will be an amazing woman, loved stopping in and seeing her, would end up talking up a storm..she will be greatly missed...that's our loss..RIP Jeannie

  19. Sharon Moritz

    Sorry to see her go. She was always so friendly and such a nice person.

  20. Kris Unser

    Loved you Jeannie. You were my best mailgirl ever! So sorry I can't be there, but have prayed for you daily. Presently out of town. Rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus.

  21. Pat & Joyce Mulheron

    Our deepest sympathy to the Rix and Sobottka families. She was a joy to talk with, always smiling and taking the time to visit. She will be missed.

  22. Joanne Hewitt

    Condolences to Jeanne's family. Growing up in Eau Galle she was part of the town. She will be missed. God Bless

  23. Tracy Fayerweather

    My deepest sympathy to the entire family! Jeanne was an amazing lady! She will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by many!

  24. Thom Rutherford

    Darlene and ALL of Jeanne's Family: So sorry to hear of Jeanne's passing. I knew her a young girl along with all of Fred and Darlene's Children. There were Many happy and fun days for sure! God's blessings and best wishes your way!!! Thom and the Rutherford Family.

  25. Debra (McRoberts) Kimmel

    I was so very sorry to hear that Jeanne had passed. My condolences to all her family and loved ones. Like everyone that knew her, I will really miss her and always remember the fun we had growing up.

  26. Joe and Jan Drier

    We have known Jeanne many years and always enjoyed talking with her! She always had a smile on her face and we're so glad to have known her! Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to the Rix and Sobottka Families!!

  27. Kathy Lieffring

    Jeannie had a way of making everyone smile and feel good about their day - she will certainly be missed! My deepest sympathy to her whole family.

  28. Ginny Wolske

    So sorry for your loss Rix family and Sobottka family.
    I really enjoyed visiting with Jeanne. What a hoot.y She is going to missed by so many. When you say Eau Galle, Jeanne is the first thing you think of. No more
    Ginny and Dave

  29. Ann Oberding

    Sending love and prayers to all of you at this difficult time.

  30. Steve Schofield

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family at this difficult time. She was a great lady. It was an honor knowing her. She will be missed.

  31. Lorraine DeLong

    You have my heart felt sympathy . I will keep you all in my prayers !

  32. Donna Karshbaum

    You have my Deepest Sympathy, Lots of Hugs and Prayers sent your Way, Jeanne was a Great and Wonderful Person!

  33. April schlosser

    I'm so very sorry for your loss she was a loving kind and amazingly strong woman who always had a kind word and offering of prayers putting aside her own illness always thinking of others above herself she was a great source of inspiration to many and she will be greatly missed prayers to the family as well as her daughter through this most difficult time

  34. Sherry Meyer

    My condolences on your lost of a very special lady .

    May you find peace in knowing you have an angel watching over you .

  35. Cassie Gaustad

    I always enjoyed our conversations when I stopped in to the store. She was such a sweetheart. Always brought a smile to my face. She will be missed by many!

  36. Jan Fishet

    So sorry for your loss. I spent many fun times at the bars Jeanne owned. Prayers

  37. Dick and Ruth Doughty

    Sorry read about Jeanne's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  38. renee stoeklen

    she was such a sweet lady, will be missed by all

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