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Elaine "Liz" M. Lammer

Elaine "Liz" M. Lammer

Elaine “Liz” M. Lammer, age 86 of Menomonie, passed away on Monday June 7, 2021 at The Neighbors of Dunn County in Menomonie, surrounded by her family.

Liz was born March 27, 1935 in Menomonie to James and Hilda (Hughes) Miller.  She attended Coddington Elementary, graduated from Menomonie High School in 1953 and was Homecoming Queen in 1952.  Liz attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis.  Her first job was with Ford Motors in Hopkins, MN.  Liz met Jim Lammer in high school, and they were married June 14, 1958.  After marriage they settled in Menomonie and raised their two children.

Liz’s life was all about her community.  She was a highly active civic leader and business owner.  Liz was a Realtor/Broker of Miller Real Estate for over 25 years.  She served as President of the Dunn-Pepin Board of Realtors in 1993 and Realtor Political Action Trustee Committee in 2002.  Liz developed Miller Junction and Pine Point Subdivision Kleist Landing.  In 1996, she received the Small Business of the Year Award from the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce.

Liz’s lifelong passion was helping restore downtown Menomonie.  Her contribution to the lives of so many in the community included: serving as the President of the Board of Directors for Main Street Menomonie, 1989-2008; serving two terms on the Board of the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce; and serving on the Board and as Secretary of the Community Foundation of Dunn County, 1999-2005 as well as the Chair of their annual Travel Dinner and a member of their Founders Club. In addition, Liz was a member of the Historic Preservation Commission, the Hospital Auxiliary, and of the Giving Dolls group.

In 2003 Liz and Jim were awarded the Distinguished Citizens of the Year by the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce; In 2005 she was awarded the Spirit of Excellence.

Liz was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where she served on the Parish Finance Council, served as Chairman/Vice Chairman for the St. Joseph Christmas Cookie Walk, and sang in the church choir and funeral choir for over 50 years.

Liz’s hobbies included golfing and golfing trips, (had a hole in one at Hayward Golf Club) and fishing, but the love of her life were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She especially treasured watching all sports activities of her children and grandchildren. She had a vivacious personality and brought joy to her friends, who were a huge part of her life and helped create so many memories on Monday nights at Jakes, fun golf trips and Marco Island Florida getaways.

Liz is survived by her husband Jim of 63 years; her daughter Julie Lammer (Tom); son Greg Lammer (Brook); grandchildren, Bradley (Chelsea) Obermueller, Brianna (Ryan) Schimek, Jaime Lammer, Jordan Lammer, Jenna (Jake) Knotek; step grandchildren, Brittni & Kegan Meyer, Luke and Sarah Jenkins; great grandchildren, Sawyer, Quinlynn, Tenley, Greyson, Poppy and Benjamin; sisters, Bonnie (Bob) Holt, Patty Miller; Brother-in-law, Elwood” Woody” Bilse; many special nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Barb (Dan) Berquuist; in-laws, Joann Bilse and John & Willa Lammer.

Liz’s family would like to express their gratitude to the Cancer Team at Mayo Home Health & Hospice, Mayo Hospice nurses, Jennifer and Heather; Laura at the Neighbors of Dunn County and the wonderful staff who attended to Liz’s care on her short stay and to her bedside friends, Jan Pierce and Jackie Hillman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Liz’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Parish, Main Street Menomonie or the Community Foundation of Dunn County.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday June 22, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. John Mano officiating, burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Church until the time of the service.


  1. Bill Kryshak

    Our prayers are with Jim and the family. Liz was such a pleasure to be around and working with her on various projects was always a joy. Liz and Jim were so welcoming to us when we moved to Menomonie and it never changed - a wonderful person who will be missed.

  2. Sarah M Williamson

    Dear Jim, Hugh and I send our deepest sympathies to you and all your family on the loss of Liz. She was a force to be reckoned with when we lived in Colfax. We always wondered how she ever kept you in line, but we know love can work miracles.

  3. Lance Harris

    I am so sad to hear about her passing. Liz was always so kind to me and would always brighten my day. I am the hearing specialist at Miracle Ear in Menomonie and I was grateful to have her as a client. I will miss our conversations and her genuine smile.

  4. Doshie and Dick Grey

    Dear Jim and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Liz's passing. We always enjoyed our contact with your over the years and in the most recent past years were delighted to see you at the Gun Club in Durand when we visited. Liz was also so friendly and happy.
    Our deepest Sympathy's to you all. May you find peace in all of the memories and the things she loved,

  5. David & Patricia Gutknecht

    Our thoughts and prayers to all of the family now and in the days ahead. Blessings from our family to each of you as we remember with fondness your loved one.

  6. Peter Roe

    Dear Jim, Julie and Greg: So sorry to hear about your loss. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. What a wonderful lady and I cherish all the memories from our neighbor on River Heights.

  7. David Loomis

    So sorry for your loss Liz was a great person


    Liz will live in our memories as one of our dearest friends that opened her heart to us when we made our move to Menomonie. Liz and Jim were so warm and welcoming, involved us in ways we never expected. Thank you, Liz, for being a warm wonderful friend to many and to us. Linda and Ted DeZurik.

  9. Nancy Ohvall

    So sorry for your loss Julie! Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love ya lady!

  10. Lorrie Lammer Jergenson

    I am heartbroken to lose another family member.My condolences go to Greg and Julie and all her grandchildren and family who loved her.May she rest in peace

  11. Judy Goehring Roberts

    Liz and I were part of a group of close friends in high school and I remember so many fun times together. Although we lost touch through the years my husband Jay and I visited with her and Jim in Menomonie. My condolences to Jim and the whole family. She certainly was an asset to the town! I remember her fondly!

  12. Janice Wittrock

    So sorry to hear of Lizs passing. Gentle and kind lady with a sharp wit. Sending up prayers for her family and friends. ❤

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