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Lorna Olga (Scheu) Neumann


WATERSMEET, Mich. — Lorna Olga (Scheu) Neumann, of Watersmeet, passed away at the age of 91 on May 10, 2013.

She was born in the town of Corning, Merrill, Wis., on Dec. 31, 1921, to Alvin and Helena (Moehrer) Scheu.

Lorna married Lester “Pee Wee” Neumann on Sept. 27, 1941. He preceded her in death on March 22, 2013.

Raised on the family dairy farm, Lorna became a hard worker. She enjoyed every day, whether she was milking cows or playing baseball with the boys. Following her marriage, she and Pee Wee worked for Natzke and Scheu Logging, first in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, then in the Watersmeet area. She cooked for the camp, sometimes baking 30 loaves of bread a day.

She always kept busy with something, trapping, hunting, fishing, upholstery or picking raspberries. During the 1970s while living in Bergland, she planted thousands of seedling trees for the U.S. Forest Service. She followed the Packers faithfully, never failing to miss a game. In her “retirement” years, she devoted much of her time to her grand- and great-grandchildren. She loved to make remembrances for them, play games and cards with them, and tell stories of the old days.

Lorna is survived by brother, Don Scheu, Watersmeet; brother-in-law, “Big” Jim Madson, Watersmeet; sisters-in-law, Mamie Hardt, Athens, Wis., and Dolores Scheu, Merrill; son, David, Watersmeet; daughters, Diana (Ed) Sparks, Watersmeet, and Donna (Charlie) Wilber, Ontonagon: 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years; parents; brother, Leslie Scheu; sisters, Eleanor “Blondie” Neumann and Sylvia Madson; and one grandchild, Chi Neumann.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church (of which Lorna was a member since it was founded in the 1950s) in Land O’Lakes, Wis., with Pastor Albert officiating.

Visitation will be one hour before the service and lunch will follow.

The family wishes to express many thanks to Regional Hospice Services and the Eagle River Memorial Hospital for their kind care and help.

Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home of Eagle River, Wis., is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at


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