Alma Haus, Giessel, Kelm

Alma L. (Wendler) Haus, Giessel, Kelm, 95, of New Holstein passed away Friday, April 16, 2021 at Willowdale Health Services in New Holstein where she resided for the past four years.

Alma was born July 11, 1925 in Wittenberg to Otto and Martha (Brunner) Wendler. She attended school in the Wittenberg area.

On July 31, 1971 she married Roy Kelm. Alma had worked in housekeeping in her early years. She also worked at the former Leverenz Shoe Company in New Holstein.

Alma loved to live the simple life. She loved to socialize and having pets was an important part of her life.

Alma is survived by her husband of 49 years, Roy Kelm; her son, Keith Haus of Kiel; her grandchildren, Patricia (Scott) Sohrweide and their children Kayla and Alex of Chilton; Jennifer (Derek) Gleim and their son Noah of Austin, Texas; and Sara (Sam) Conrad and their children Austin (Alina) and Isabella of Marytown; and her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Fern (Theodore) Lamers of Poplar, Boyd (Moreine) Kelm of Fond du Lac, and Florence Giessel of Bowler. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Otto and Martha Wendler; her daughter-in-law, Helen Haus; her husbands, Lex Haus and James Giessel; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elmer and Edith Kelm; her six sisters, Leonora Schulz, Dora Spiegel, Sadie Thomek, Zela Schwartzkopf, Edna Gara, and Margaret Gutt; three brothers, Marvin Wendler, Milton Wendler, and Herman Wendler; and her sisters-in-law, Betsy Cook and Faye Morgan.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, April 22 at the Sippel Funeral Home, 2618 Altona Ave., New Holstein. Alma will be laid to rest in the New Holstein City Cemetery.

Family and friends may visit with Alma’s family at the Sippel Funeral Home in New Holstein on Thursday, April 22 from 10 to 11:45 a.m.

For further details please contact the Sippel Funeral Home at (920) 898-4300 or visit

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