Elaine (Johnson) Lamken, age 83, Wittenberg, passed away on July 24, 2014, at the Howard Young Medical Center in Minocqua. Elaine was born to the late William and Carlyn (Erickson) Johnson on November 19, 1930 in Wittenberg. She graduated from Wittenberg High School in 1948 and attended cosmetology school in Milwaukee.
On October 3, 1953, she married the love of her life, the late Robert Lamken of Rosholt. Together they bought a house in Rib Mountain where they began raising their two children, eventually moving to Weston. Elaine enjoyed taking vacations with her family, spending time with friends, and ‘soaking up the sunshine.’ In 1961, Elaine and Robert purchased land near Lake Tomahawk, built a cabin, and eventually moved to their ‘River Retreat’ in 1992 where Elaine spent time gardening, feeding wildlife, and cheering on the Packers. She cherished the memories she had created over the years, and loved sharing stories with her friends and family.
Elaine is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Robert Lamken and her brother, Bill Johnson. She is survived by children: Sheila (Ted, Jr.) Burger, Wausau and Scott Lamken, Tomah; grandchildren: Nick Burger, Brianna Wright, Brooke Gutowski, Keesha Campbell, Katie Schoessow, Adam Seefeldt, and Amber Seefeldt; and great grandchildren: William, Elaine, Nora, Oliver, Jude, Zaiden, and Levi.
The Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wittenberg. Rev. Amy Meyer will officiate. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg and on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. The family guestbook and condolences are available at schmidtschulta.com.
Although in recent years her memory was beginning to fade, the stories Elaine passed on to her children and grandchildren will remain forever in their hearts. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.