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Beatrice E Rinholen

Beatrice E Rinholen

Beatrice Ellen Rinholen, age 100, was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus on 6/24/2020 at home with family at her side.  She was born on May 30, 1920, in San Benito, TX to the late Ernest & Agnes (Ranney) Wilsey.  Her family moved back to Wisconsin when she was 13 months old and she grew up on the family farm near Menomonie. She graduated from Menomonie High School and Normal School (Teachers College). Beatrice taught grade school for a few years before marriage.  One summer break she worked at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, WA. On July 27, 1946 Beatrice was united in marriage to Kenneth Rinholen at the Methodist Church in Menomonie, WI.  Together they raised 6 children on the family farm near Rock Falls, WI.

The two most important things in her life were faith and family.  She loved to write letters and send every family member a birthday card.  In her younger years, Beatrice was active in her church, Rock Creek Lutheran, and community.  She enjoyed quilting, Ladies Aid, Bible Study, and was the Sunshine Lady sending get well and birthday greetings to other parishioners.  She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a leader for the Rock Falls Rockets 4-H Club for many years.  Beatrice was an avid reader and enjoyed word search, puzzles, and embroidery.  She loved her time with the Tuesday morning coffee club ladies.  The one thing that brought her the most joy was babies and children.  She was blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren so her joy was overflowing.  Beatrice was a kind, gentle loving soul and was known as Grandma Bea to many, many people.

Beatrice is survived by 3 sons:  Gary (Mary Jo), Glenn (Tammy), Roger (Julie) Rinholen, and 2 daughters: JoAnn (Bob) Bauer and Sharon (Dan) Poeschel, a daughter-in-law Carolyn Rinholen, brother, Orvil Wilsey and sister-in-law Edna Wilsey.  She is further survived by 19 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Beatrice is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Rinholen, a son, Robert Rinholen, siblings Donald Wilsey and Doris Dobbe, brother-in-law George Dobbe, sister-in-law Dorothy Wilsey, Whistle and Scotty. 

A special expression of gratitude goes to Beatrice’s granddaughter, Anna Rinholen, and daughter-in-law, Tammy Rinholen for their loving caregiving in these last few weeks.  Also special thanks to Dr. Kenneth Rucker, AdventHealth Durand, and Charlene Anderson, RN/Palliative Care at the Mayo Clinic Health System for their support.

Due to COVID-19, private family services will be held. A public service and celebration of life will be held at a later time.

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


  1. Joanne ‘McRoberts’ Hovey

    Sympathy to the family. Keep the memories that make you smile close to your heart. God Bless.

  2. Toni Kremer Lippert

    Deepest condolences to the Rinholen family. Beatrice will be missed. She taught me many things in 4H and was always encouraging. Beatrice, thank you for the many memories you provided me and my family. Rest in peace.

  3. Steve and Kathy Dahl

    What a wonderful person that we were privileged to know all these years. A great woman with a great family. We will miss you so much.

  4. Bob Mikulak and Gunnel Porelius

    Although we are far away and saw Beatrice only very seldom, we always appreciated her friendliness and warmth, which came through abundantly in the letters that she wrote us at Christmas for many years. We send our heartfelt condolences to all the Rinholen family.

  5. Kathleen Wohlers

    I have fond memories of Beatrice! Our sympathy to all her knew and loved her. Rest eternal grant her peace O Lord.

  6. Larry and Carol Bauer Prissel

    You all have our Sympathy. You had a Great Mother.

  7. Larry Poeschel

    My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. How many people can say they lived to be 100 year's old!!! Reading the Obituary I realized what an awesome person and a awesome life she has had.

  8. Robin Brown Tearman

    I'm very sorry for the family's loss of such a wonderful lady...
    Hugs and prayers to you all..❤

  9. Patty Cobb

    My sincere condolences to everyone in the family and to all of Beatrice's friends. I so enjoyed being one of her many "pen pals" these past few years. She was truly an amazing woman, and she will be missed.

  10. Becky Clausen(Talford)

    So sorry for your loss. She's free to be with our savior now. She will be greatly missed until we can be with her again in Heaven. Mom and Little David will keep her company. Take joy that we had her so long and she will be there to receive you when we all pass over to paradise. God bless!

  11. Donna Buchholtz

    Heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mother. Prayers for your entire family during this time of grief.

  12. james w stpeter

    My condolences to the the family.

  13. Debi Hurlburt

    Sending my love and deepest sympathy to all of you. Celebrating a long life well lived. Gods peace to all.

  14. Kathy Reed

    I have so many great memories of Bea. She was a pillar in the community and will be truly missed!

  15. John and Judy Parr

    Sorry for loss hugs and prayers coming your way

  16. Vickie Ballard

    God Bless Roger and Julie ✝️ Prayers for Your Family ????

  17. Ryan Fedie

    Our community lost an amazing woman but heaven gained a beautiful soul. I'm very sorry for your loss.

  18. Tony & Mary Ann Schuh

    Our thoughts are with all families in this time of sadness, We do know that she is up there in the heavenly ???? place. Wonderful wonderful lady.

  19. Tracy Rosemeyer

    Sending our sympathy for the loss of Grandma Bea as my students and I affectionately called her. ???? We loved meeting someone that lived 100 years!! May you all find peace in the many years of memories she left you.
    Love from Mrs. Rosemeyer and students at Caddie Woodlawn.

  20. Paula and Bob Komro

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Hugs and prayers to all your family. ????????

  21. Sharon I. Gingras

    I had a chance to meet Beatrice several times when we had the flower shop and also when her grandchildren were participating in plays. A lovely lady who I know was greatly loved.

  22. Bruce and Anita Haskins

    Our most sincere and deepest sympathies go out to all family members! Godspeed to Grandma Bea! Love from across the field, Bruce and Anita Haskins

  23. Craig & Jodi Scott

    Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to everyone. May all the memories help heal your hearts.

    Deepest sympathy.
    Craig & Jodi Scott

  24. Roger and Julie Biesterveld

    May we express our deepest sympathy to all the family. We will keep you in our prayers. She lead a very full life and you were all blessed to have her.

  25. Robert Radle

    My sincerest condolences to the family

  26. Pam Scott

    Beatrice has lived a full life. Not many people make it to 100 years old, that is quite a accomplishment. She had a family that was there for her to help when it was needed. RIP Beatrice and for the family you have years and years of memories. Sending hugs to everyone .

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