Luella Marie Willms

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Luella Marie (nee Hansen) Willms, first born daughter on June 9th 1930 to Henry and Sigrid (nee Jensen) Hansen of Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Sister of Marlene (nee Hansen) Markowski.

Luella grew up in Two Rivers and graduated from Washington High School there. Mom had a devious side so her parents had to watch her as a child. After graduation Luella attended nursing school at Milwaukee County General Hospital school of nursing and became a registered nurse. She maintained lifelong friendships with her nursing school classmates like Marlene Engelking and Carol Knoebel. Mom’s nursing skills came in handy several times for her children.

Luella met and married Robert C. Willms who was a pattern maker by trade at Bucyrus Erie in South Milwaukee. Together they had and raised three sons together, Charles Robert (Jeanne) Willms , Michael John (Penny) Willms and Thomas Alan (Wendy) Willms in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in the family home Bob and another pattern maker built. Luella was a loving mother but was willing to pull out the wooden spoon when necessary. Between Luella and Bob their sons learned the value of hard work and play time. The family enjoyed many years of summer vacation fishing trips in Wisconsin and Canada.

Besides working as a nurse in hospitals and nursing homes Luella also worked at Travelers Insurance helping align recovery plans for individuals injured at work. Mom much enjoyed when former co-workers reached out to her during these pandemic times to reconnect. Luella was also a very talented seamstress and a member of the Oak Creek quilting club for many years. Always enjoying the company of her fellow quilters and bumming around to various fabric stores and quilt shops. All of Luella’s immediate family have more than enough quilts, wall hangings, and knick knacks to last a lifetime.

Mom and dad both enjoyed weekly garage sale adventures. Finding many unique pieces of furniture, refurbishing them and dumping them on their kids. Always with love intended.

Together Luella and Bob enjoyed watching the growth of the family tree to include four grandchildren (Kristen, James, Scott and Charles) along with five great grandchildren (Nathan, Lauren, Alex, Adeline and Landon).

Luella was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Sigrid, sister Marlene, husband Bob, and eldest son Charlie.

Luella’s passing came on quickly after a medical complication and short recovery period. May she be in a better place.  Rest in peace Luella, you will forever be missed.


  1. Mike Ahearn December 29, 2021 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Aunt Luella will be missed. She was an amazing and independent woman her entire life.

  2. Jan Bretzel December 29, 2021 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    My last trip with Luella was to a fabric shop in Sun Prairie. She even insisted on driving. Definitely one of a kind. She will certainly be missed by her fellow quilters! She was an inspiration to us all.

  3. Fran Steinbrenner December 29, 2021 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    I had the pleasure of sitting and chatting with Luella at our October in person Guild meeting. She was her fun loving self, always wonderful to be with. Aside for being an outstanding quilter, I will also remember her for her colorful holiday shoes. She will be sadly missed by everyone she came in contact with. May she Rest In Peace.

  4. Dave and Lizanne Eaton January 13, 2022 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Sorry so late posting. I just found out about this. She was a good neighbor for over 30 years. I’m very sorry for your loss.

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