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Violet A Pichler

Violet A Pichler

Violet A. Pichler, age 80 of Durand, died Thursday, May 6, 2021 at the Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Eau Claire with her family by her side.

Violet was born on July 4, 1940 in Arkansaw. She was the daughter of Alfred and Irene (Rose) LaPean and graduated from Arkansaw High School in 1958. After high school, Violet worked for a couple years in the Twin Cities. Violet met the love of her life, Wilbert Pichler, at the Prairie Inn in Durand. They were married on July 2, 1960 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima in Durand. After marriage, Violet and Wilbert farmed and raised their family in the Town of Lima where Violet worked as a cook at the Lone Pine. Violet and Wilbert eventually purchased the Lone Pine where she was well known for her potato dumplings. She worked for Hoepner’s Bakery in Eau Claire for many years. Violet then cooked at Club 10 for several years before retiring.

Violet enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards, trips to the casino and bingo. She also liked gardening and canning. Most of all, Violet loved to spend time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

Violet is survived by her husband of 60 years, Wilbert; her five children, Lonnie (Cindy) of Appleton, Lorna (Matt) Nelson of Menomonie, Doug (Jolene) of Eau Claire, Valli (Robb) Sarasin of Durand and Corey (Deanna) of Elk Mound; 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, one brother, Bernard (Linda) LaPean of Menomonie; two sisters, Jean Fredrickson of Oconomowoc and Janice (Jerry) Snider of Chippewa Falls; sister-in-law, Pam LaPean of Hudson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Brenda Pichler; two brothers, Bob and Larry LaPean and brother-in-law, Bill Fredrickson.

Visitation will be held 4:00PM-7:00PM Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand.

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


  1. Vicci Hutter Rosenberg

    So sorry to her about the loss of violet!! Prayers to the family!!

  2. Randy Mantik

    Her most sincere condolences to the family. Interested to read that file it worked at Hoepner bakery. That's the name I haven't heard in a while. Living in the town of Seymour by Eau Claire we did a lot of business with them and I'm sure they'll on the way my mom Violet probably chatted with your mom. Rest in peace to your Violet. I am so sorry for your loss. Randy Mantik Care Partner Marketplace

  3. Kathy Hutter-Messier

    sympathy to Violets family

  4. CDR James W. and Mrs Theresa LaPean

    We are very sorry for the family’s loss!

  5. patrick b brantner

    so sorry for your loss but boy I tell you she sure made good potato dumplings

  6. Crystal Dow

    It was my pleasure to know and visit with Vi. She was a really hard worker and raised a great family! My sincere condolences.nugx

  7. Monica Harmon Krings

    Our sincere sympathy to her family.

  8. Patricia Bauer

    So sorry to hear about Violet, such a nice lady. Worked with her at Hardee’s , had some fun times!
    Pat and Dave Bauer

  9. Arlene Pittman

    My deepest sympathy to family of Violet as I was a classmate and now live in Ozarks since 1984

  10. thomas biles

    This class has lose a lot of classmates in a very short time. Prayers to the family

    Marcella Biles wife of Thomas Biles

  11. Peggy munden

    Pichler family we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Todd and Peggy

  12. Felisha Sanford

    Hi I’m sorry for your loss sending prayers to all of you.

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