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Edith M. Weisenbeck

Edith M. Weisenbeck

Edith Marie “Edie” Weisenbeck received her angel wings on September 24, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her family. She lived with pancreatic cancer for the past 3 ½ years, always positive, always believing she would beat it, right up to her last days. Her faith in God was remarkable, always trusting that He would carry her through her illness. She always prayed for a grateful heart, “Lord, you have given me so much, I ask for one more thing, a grateful heart.” The rosary and her devotion to the Blessed Virgin carried her through, especially when attending mass was no longer an option.

Edie was born to Edwin and Louisa Gasteyer in Eau Galle, WI on July 18, 1935. Later in her childhood she moved to Durand, WI.  She graduated from Durand High School in 1953. She worked at Security National Bank and then married her childhood sweetheart, Arnold “Arnie” Weisenbeck, taking on the many tasks of a dairy farmer’s wife, and mother of 6 children.

Edie had the gift of generosity and of helping others—Mom was a Weight Watcher’s coach for years, helping many reach their goals of healthier lifestyles. The minute Edie heard of any loss or tragedy in the community, she would whip up a batch of her famous cinnamon rolls or a casserole, and deliver them to their door. She was a volunteer in her parish as well as at Sacred Heart Hospital for many years.

Edie had the gift of hospitality.  She could cook a gourmet meal in an hour, and entertained many guests in her home in the fine style of Edie’s Bed and Breakfast. She loved entertaining her family for every holiday, sometimes cooking for days ahead of time to make all of her signature foods.  She lived for those gatherings, and was able to host Christmas for her entire family this last year. She always wore her traditional green plaid cooking dress for holidays, complete with a fresh apron.

Edie had the gift of friendship. Her circle of friends in the Durand/Menomonie community, her church community, her Lily Lake community, and in her nationwide Cenex circle was enormous, as evidenced by the hundreds of greeting cards that have graced her mailbox.

Edie was a talented seamstress. She sewed apparel, created home décor, and many gorgeous quilts.  Hundreds of people have enjoyed her wool mittens.

Edie had the gift of fashion, always dressed to the nines, right down to beautiful jewelry for any occasion. Her work at Dayton’s and Anshus Jewelry allowed her to fuel this passion.  She never missed a good sale.

Edie was married to Arnie for 64 happy years. They raised 6 children, and were successful dairy, crop, and Christmas tree farmers. Edie is survived by her husband, Arnie, her 6 children, Michelle Lusis, Terry (Sharon) Weisenbeck, Chris (Roxane) Weisenbeck, Marcia (Jim) Danzinger, Curt (Denise) Weisenbeck, Todd (Wendy) Weisenbeck, foster son, Dave O’Keefe, 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 3 sisters, Thelma Weisenbeck, Cathy Hei and Marge Schefelbein all of whom she cherished and loved dearly. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Edwin and Louisa Gasteyer, and her sister, Carol Hartung.  

The family would like to thank Mayo Cancer Center, Mayo Hospice Care team, Fr. Emmanuel Asa Moah-Bekoe and Deacon Reinhardt for their care and support.

Edie’s Celebration of Life began in the final days of her life with her immediate family, so that she could be part of it. The funeral at St. Mary’s Assumption Parish in Durand will be private. An opportunity to pay a last respect will be held from 10:00AM-11:00AM Tuesday at the church, due to COVID-19, no family members will be present.

**Edie's funeral will be live-streamed on the Rhiel Funeral Home Facebook page. If you would like to see the funeral please tune in to our Facebook page shortly before 11:00AM.**

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


  1. Nancy Hagen

    Edie was an exceptional person. I’ll never forget her kindness and generosity. I’m honored to have known her. My thoughts and prayers go out to Arnie and family.

  2. Dellann Weisenbeck

    My condolences to you Arnie and your family. Will have a Mass said for her. Sincerely, Dellann

  3. Rita L. Doverspike

    Arnie and Family: Sorry to hear about Edie. She battled along time with her cancer. But her faith kept her postitive. My prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Ronald Joseph Fedie

    Arnie and family, It was such a shock to hear of Edie's passing. One more angel in Heaven to look after all of you. It is with heavy hearts that we send our deepest sympathy. Cherish all the beautiful memories you have made over the years. We will keep you all in our prayers.
    Ron & Bev

  5. Marlys & Gary Seipel

    The community and world was a better place because of Edie. We admired her very much! May you all find peace and comfort in wonderful memories.

  6. Larry and Carol Bauer Prissel

    All the Family have our Sympathy She is with God

  7. Joan Weisenbeck, FSPA

    Arnie and Family,
    I offer you my love and ask
    God to bless your hearts with peace and comfort. I have admired Edie for her positive attitude as she suffered from her illness. I loved her graciousness and kindness to so many over the years. She was a classy woman and lived life to the full. I will miss her very much.

  8. John & Heidi Schiefelbein

    To Uncle Arnie & family, we are very sorry to hear about Edie. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

  9. Sister Deb Schwab

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of Edie’s family. She now rests in the arms of God and the Angels! My deepest condolences!

  10. Jeffrey Dorchester

    My name is Jeffrey, I am Mary Ellen Gifford son. I am Elizabeth Gifford cousin. The name Edie and Arnie weisenbeck is synonymous with the town of Durand. Stories of these two have been told hundreds of times to me, by my mother. My mother who is a seamstress was having problems making a vest and skirt. She asked your Edie for help. Edie was able to finish the ensemble and my mom wore it forever. God bless you all, give my love to Arnie. Jeffrey James Dorchester

  11. Fr. Burrill

    Arnie and family,

    Know of my prayers for you during this difficult time. I have such fond memories of Edie and her selfless service to the parish.

    In the Risen Lord,

    Fr. Jeff Burrill

  12. Dave and Pat Bauer

    Arnie and family you have our deepest Sympathy. Edie was a wonderful lady and we always enjoyed talking with her. They have received a beautiful Angel up in heaven. Dave and Pat

  13. Sarah and Raj Naik

    Uncle Arnie and family- we are so sorry to hear about Edie. Please know that our prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

    Sarah Raj Sam and Daniel.

  14. Brad and Tara Hagmann Family

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Aunt Edie. I’ll always remember her warm greetings where my family was always met with a hug, smile, and kind personality.

    Sending prayers to the Weisenbeck family during this difficult time.

  15. Tom & Mary Jean Schiefelbein

    Arnie and family: So sorry to hear of Edie’s passing..Marge and Jim have been keeping us informed on her situation..Edie was a lovely person and friend..She will be missed by all..Mary Jean and Tom Schiefelbein

  16. Carol isaksson

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all. May you find peace in your memories, she will always be near.
    Carol and Steve Isaksson

  17. Dick and Ruth Doughty

    Arnie and Family. So sorry to hear of Edie’s death. She was a great lady. Thinking of the fun we had visiting in Florida. Also Edie was a great leader for us at WW. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  18. Rita Koller Kepple

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers for all during this difficult time.
    Rita Koller Kepple

  19. John and Judy Parr

    Sorry for your loss

  20. Adrianne Leonard

    Her life sounded full and blessed. Praying for all. Adrianne

  21. Ed Achenbach

    My deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to the entire Weisenbeck family!

  22. Jane Poeschel

    Our sincere sympathies to the whole family.....such a beautiful soul♥️

  23. Jack & Carole Komro

    Arnie & Family, Our sincere sympathy to you & your family.Fond memories of good times in Lily Lake & over the years.She suffered so w/cancer and always had her faith to keep her going.Prayers for you and your family.

  24. Lori VanDamme

    My deepest condolences..what a beautiful tribute. My God hold you all in his hands during this difficult time

  25. Jessica Beaver (O'Keefe)

    I am so saddened to hear of Edie's passing. Edie & Arnie were always so kind and generous to my family. I cherish the memories of coming to their home for Christmas & picking out a tree each year at their tree farm. To Arnie & the kids, we send our love.

  26. Tim Hagmann

    Uncle Arnie and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this challenging time. I’m so happy you were able to start the celebration of life prior to Aunt Edie’s passing, so much to celebrate for sure!!
    I’m thankful for all the time I got to spend around your family, aunt Edie certainly instilled a lot of valuable life lessons to me as a youngster. For that, I am forever grateful.
    God bless all of you!
    Tim and Tami

  27. Jo(Ann) (Weisenbeck) Germain

    When Mike & I heard about Aunt Edie's passing yesterday, we knew that she would leave a hole that just couldn't be re-filled by any one else. She has made a journey we all will walk in soon. We wish we could see you all to pass on hugs, and kisses, and tears. But since we don't know what else we may pass back and forth, we simply pass on wishes for peace of heart. God is good. God makes all things possible. Our best to you Uncle Arnie, and to all those cousins we just don't see enough, Michelle, Terry, Chris, Marsha, Curt, and Todd. Sending much love. Mike & Jo Germain


    Arnie and Edie's Family,
    I was saddened to hear of her passing. I thought she could beat that darn pancreatic cancer. I lost my brother in January after 1 1/2 years with it. May she rest in peace. What an amazing lady.
    Dave and Kris Polzer

  29. Deb Smith

    I am so very sorry to hear of Edie’s passing. She was a true “lady” that I admired so much. I have such fond memories of going to the tree farm to get that perfect Christmas tree each year and then singing with “The Sisters” at her home. Her radiant smile made you feel you were the most important person on earth. There definitely is a special place for her in heaven. My condolences to Arnie and her wonderful children. God bless... Deb Strand Smith

  30. Mary Galbreath

    Edie will always remain in my memories. She was so beautiful inside and out. My most sincerest condolences go out to all of her family.

  31. Jean Jantzen

    Edie was gracious and kind in every situation - much loved and respected. She will be missed. My sincere sympathy to Arnie, her family and countless friends.

  32. Donna Jones

    My prayers are with all of you in the passing of Edie....she was an angel to me, as I began teaching first grade at St. Mary's many years ago. She helped me in the classroom, and we often saw each other in subsequent years as we attended grandchildren events at school. May the deep Faith that she instilled in her family, as well as the wonderful memories you have of her, be sources of comfort in your loss. She is at Peace.

  33. Aimee (Pattison) Fien

    My heart goes out to the whole family. Love and Hugs being sent.

  34. Marlene Weisenbeck FSPA

    Good bye, Edie. Now you rest in God’ eternal embrace. Your life has been a beautiful story. Having you as part of our Weisenbeck family has been an awesome experience! Blessings and condolences to our brother Arnie, and all your children and descendants who carry into the future your legacy of loving energy.

  35. Pat Mulheron

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Weisenbeck family. Edie was very gracious to us, she will be missed by many.

  36. Bonnie and Mike Brunner

    Uncle Arnie, Michelle, Terry, Chris, Marcia, Curt and Todd, We send our deepest sympathy to you all. Aunt Edie will be remembered in our hearts always. How special that she entered heaven on Grandma Gasteyer's birthday! Take care of each other and of your own hearts. Love, Bonnie and Mike

  37. Patricia A Rosenberg

    Another amazing woman,
    during this strange year of 2020 and the Covid virus,
    going to her final destination with her God. May she rest in peace , but I am sure she will organize many activities making heaven even better.
    She will be missed. My condolences to her family.

  38. Linda Talford

    Deepest sympathy to you all. Edie was one of the classiest ladies I knew.

  39. Rhonda Krisik

    So sorry to read of Edith's passing.What a sad time this is for you her family.
    I will remember her always..
    Arnie I am keeping you and yours in my Prayers..God be with you all during this difficult time. Hugs!

  40. Diane Lynne Schoenherr

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Michelle and your entire family???? I really like your mom as well as your whole family; always making me feel welcome when I visited your home so many years ago❤️Rest In Peace, Edie

  41. Judi & Gary Bauer

    I did not know Edith well, she was so friendly, whenever I meant her anywhere we would strike up a conversation, she was very special. Our sympathy and prayers to Arnie and family

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