Darlene Steinmetz, age 86, passed away Friday, February 18, 2022 at Dove Healthcare in Bloomer. She was born April 15, 1935 in Chippewa Falls to George and Lydia (Pietz) Mickesh. She married Elmer “Amy” Steinmetz on October 23, 1952 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bloomer. Darlene and Amy owned and operated Steinmetz Food Market for many years. She developed many friendships while working as an outpatient aid at the Bloomer Hospital and activity aid at Hetzel Care Center. Family was the most important thing to Darlene. She loved attending all of her children and grandchildren’s sporting events, weddings, and family gatherings. She loved living on the lake and taking care of her flower gardens, traveling, making dumplings, watching all sports and doing crossword puzzles.
She is survived by her children: Wendy (Dan) Schmock of Eau Claire, Byron (Christy) Steinmetz of Osceola WI, Nannette (DuWayne Myers) Hartman of Chippewa Falls, Melissa (Terry) Bresina of Holcombe and Chad (Nicole) Steinmetz of Eau Claire; one brother: Dennis Mickesh; brother- in-law: Wayne Steinmetz; sisters-in-law: Mavis Babbitt and Jean Lewis; 14 grandchildren: Nicholas (Carling) Schmock, Bradley Schmock, Justin (Shondra Pepin) Kunkel-Smith, Allison Smith, Nathan (Kayleigh) Steinmetz, Jessica (Kevin Farnham) Steinmetz, McGee (Scott Voss) Smith, Josh (Tanya) Hartman, Rebeka Hartman, Seth (Heli) Hartman, Aaron Bresina, Emilee (Trent) Probst, Sydnie Steinmetz & Halle Steinmetz; 18 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents: George and Lydia; husband: Elmer; grandson: Evan Bresina; sisters in-law: Carol Mickesh and Pat Steinmetz; brothers in-law: Charles Lewis and Dale Babbitt.
Funeral services will be held on Friday February 25, 2022 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bloomer. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Bloomer and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Interment will be in the Bloomer Cemetery at a later date.