April 18, 1920 ~ March 19, 2003
Wilma Louise Stemmler, a resident of Redondo Beach for more than 60 years, passed away on March 19, 2003. She was born in Buffalo County, Wisconsin on April 18, 1920, the daughter of Paul and Louise Schultz. She attended country elementary school in the Mondovi, Wisconsin area and graduated from Mondovi High School in 1937. She worked at the First National Bank of Mondovi and for an attorney. In 1941 she came to San Diego, California where she met and married Albert Stemmler in September 1943. They moved to Redondo Beach in December of that year. She worked as a legal secretary in the Torrance-Redondo Beach area until her retirement in the early 1990's. She was a charter member of South Bay Legal Secretaries and at the time of her death was an honorary member of the organization. Her husband died in 1981 and she continued to live in her house on Avenue ''A'' in Redondo Beach until her death. She was a very active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Redondo Beach and was a member of the Church's organizations - Kim Ministry, LWML, Vacation Bible School and Lutheran Braille Workers. She also served for 5 years as secretary on the Board of Directors of the church in the early 1970's. She is survived by her son, Paul Stemmler and his wife Susan and by her beloved granddaughter, Mina Stemmler, all of Torrance, California; one sister, Jean Christopherson of Minnesota; many nephews and nieces and cousins in the Midwest. She was predeceased by her husband, her parents and three sisters. Visitation at the White and Day Mortuary on Torrance Blvd. will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2003 from 1 PM until 3 PM. Services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 706 Knob Hill, Redondo Beach at 11:00 AM. With interment at Green Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Kim Ministry, LWML at Immanuel Lutheran Church or to the Braille Workers, P.O. Box 5000, Yucaipa, California, 92399.
I liked Wilma from the minute I met her. It was the day of Susan and Paul\’s wedding reception, Wilma came in and just matter of factly added her two cents and walked off. Nothing but Love. To me she was not the kind of person that needed to be the center of attention but you knew she was there. I will always treasure the baby blanket she made that I use for my grandson, Ethan and the cloth book. Peace be with her. All our love Benny, Mary, Sean and Devin
I\’m so sorry to hear about your Mother\’s passing away. She was a very lovely lady. She crocheted all my dish rags & made so many crafts. I met her at Little Company of Mary as a patient & enjoyed visiting her at her home when going to pick up hand made things she had ready. She just loved her beautiful granddaughter & liked to talk about her. Wilma was a Christian and loved to talk about her faith as well. My prayers are with your family now.
I was shocked this morning when I read of Wilma\’s passing in the paper. I just spoke to her not long ago on the passing of my dear friend Barbara Fairleigh who lived next door to Wilma. If I can be of any help, please feel free to contact me. I am so sorry for your loss.
Paul, I was so sorry to read of your mom\’s passing. The last time I saw her was in Lucky Market shortly after my mom and John died in 1991 I have such fond memories of her as the “Ultimate Mom”. She cooked, she sewed, she knitted, she raised her boy up in the ways of the Lord and even held down a job. She was a lovely person. And what a comfort for you and your wife and daughter to have the Blessed Assurance that she is now with Jesus. I\’ll be offering up a prayer for all of you on Monday from Room 12 of Alta Vista School. Fondly, Dawna
Dear Paul, I am so sorry to hear of your mom\’s passing. I remember our fun converstion at your home on Christmas Eve. Wilma was as vibrant and charming as she could be. I thought she would be with us forever. Know that she will always be with you in spirit and that she is at peace with the Lord. Much love, Diane