Theresa Meier

Theresa B. “Terry” Meier, 89, of Chilton died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 at Century Ridge in Chilton.

She was born April 7, 1932 in Chilton, daughter of the late Peter C. and Amelia (Bruckner) Woelfel. Terry married Alvin J. Meier on July 29, 1953 at St. Martin Catholic Church in Charlestown; he preceded her in death on Oct. 8, 1999.

Terry was a strong-willed woman who never let the grass grow under her feet. She artistically found ways to provide food and baked goods to all those she loved. Her nights of playing cards often sent people home with her delicious Christmas candy and her world-renowned peanut squares. On those infamous card nights, Terry never wanted people to utilize personal assets for socializing, so she would make her own Old Fashioned recipe to mix with a classic whisky or brandy in an effort to liven the evening.

As a connoisseur of all items food, Terry made time to take advantage of every opportunity to give to others all that she had in her cooking skills. She loved to make and eat chicken and rice, never passed up a good cob of sweet corn and knew that every Wednesday night was pizza night. During summer nights at the campground, Terry relaxed around the campfire where she expertly made popcorn with the only flavoring she found appropriate for such occasions and fed the chipmunks she befriended who lived under her camper. Her passion for the kitchen and tending to other people’s need for food was evident through her baking of fresh desserts for the kids at the Chilton Area Catholic School.

She worked at many places throughout the area including the Tinsel Factory in Sheboygan, the mink farm just outside of New Holstein and the Northland Turkey Farm in Chilton, all the while keeping the spirits of her fellow co-workers high by pulling pranks at the expense of others and running circles around her younger co-workers. She was devoted to the betterment of her community which was evident in her fervor to start a recycling program in the City of Chilton; going door to door to find support and explain the program. Her spirit and determination pushed her to twice survive breast cancer, and she was famous for replying to, “I love you,” with, “I love you more.”

Above all else, Terry’s faith was of utmost importance to her. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, formerly St. Martin Parish where she was also actively involved in the Christian Women and sung in the church choir. She devoted much of her life to prayer for others and prayed the Rosary daily.

Survivors include her children, Mark (Tara) Meier and Mary Kay (Daniel) Jannette; her grandchildren, Beth (Matt) Wilson, Jill (Brian) Oldenburg, Katrina Meier and her special friend Brian Brester, Christine (Matt) Puddy, Angela (Adam) Baltz, Felcia Meier, Mark (Lexi) Meier Jr., Jessica (Jeremy) Hendricks, Joseph (RanaRose) Jannette and Jared (Laura) Jannette; her great-grandchildren, Kaylin and Hailey Wilson, L. J. Meier, Caleb Oldenburg, Peyton and Lucas Brester, Daniel and Jacob Puddy, Bailey and Bennett Baltz, Leo and Oliver Meier, Zalea and Emon Hendricks, TikkaRose, Reagan Jannette, Jackson Jannette and another arriving soon; her two brothers, Marvin and Steve Woelfel, and her godchildren, Renee Nilles, Sandra Schumacher, Debbie Mueller, Peter Steiner and Donna Mae Woelfel. She is further survived by her siblings-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Terry was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Al; her siblings, Martin, Herman, Mal, Betty, Vince, Honey, Sr. Fran, Chibby, Lorie, Pete and their spouses; and her two godchildren, John Reiser and Janet Hauser.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Sept. 18 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Chilton with the Rev. Jon Thorson officiating. Burial followed in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Chilton. Those wishing to watch an archived recording of the funeral service may do so by visiting and following the links.

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