Lucille (Christiansen) Hieger of Mesa Az, formerly of Iola and Tomahawk, Wisconsin was born January 4, 1916 in Palo Alto county, Iowa to John and Ella (Sanders) Theesfield. She passed away on June 19th at Sacred Heart Ministry Hospital, Tomahawk, WI at the age of 99 (and a half) as she would say it.
She moved to Tony, WI with her parents, sister Gertrude and brother Earl. She attended country school at Cloverland, WI. They moved back to Iowa when she was in seventh grade. She attended Independent Country school and finished seventh and eighth grade. She attended Fenton High school, Fenton, Iowa and transferred to Emmetsburg High School and graduated in May 1933. She worked with the corn sealing program and several farm programs. She clerked in a grocery store. She married Ernest N. Christiansen December 15, 1935. Four children were born in this union. They farmed near Estherville and Ringsted, Iowa. In 1953 they moved to a farm in Iola, WI. Ernest died November 10, 1967. Lucille moved into Iola and worked as a secretary/receptionist for Bestul Realty. She retired in 1981. September 25, 1993 she married Roy Graeber, with whom she had graduated from high school in 1933. They lived in Iola, South Lake Tahoe, California and Mesa, Arizona. He passed away on November 10, 1999. On July 30, 2005 she married Henry Hieger. They spent their time between Tomahawk, WI and Mesa, Arizona. He passed away December 26, 2011. She loved to fish, work with her flowers, quilting, crochet, crossword puzzles and play cards. Her family was her biggest love. She was a 4H leader in both Iowa and Wis. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Iola and an associate member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Mesa Ariz. She was the Sunday school superintendent and held several offices in the local ALCW. She was vice president and president of the Northern Wisconsin ALCW, Chairman of the Clintonville conference of the ALC and PTO president in Iola.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Ernest, Roy and Henry; sons-in-law, Donald Sykes and David Bestul; daughter-in-law, Nancy Christiansen; daughter, Colleen (Sykes) Smith; grandsons, Kevin Sykes and Jonathan Christiansen; stepson, Gary Graeber; brother, Earl Theesfield and sister, Gertrude Westerwald. She is survived by son, Ernest Christiansen, Iola; daughter, JoAnn (Douglas) Lytle, Iola; son, Leon (Janice) Christiansen, Tomahawk; son-in-law, Ken Smith; stepdaughter-in-law, Linda Graeber; stepson, Larry (Linda) Hieger and stepdaughter, Cheri (Bill) Cooper. Also, grandchildren: Kim (ChoSeng) NG, Kent (Dawn) Sykes, Jeff Sykes, Robert (Robin) Christiansen, Teresa McClung, Ann (Bob) Bydynkowski, Dr. Elizabeth (Michael) Baron, Dale (Stacy) Bestul, Dan (Amy) Bestul, Christine (Christopher) Lockery, Craig (Lisa) Christiansen, Jennifer Skytta, Robin Sanders, Jessica (Rich) Royce, Jason (Stephanie) Graebe; 31 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and two more great-grandchildren on the way.
Funeral Services will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Iola at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 25th with Reverend Dennis Olson officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday from 9-11 a.m. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Iola and Mesa Ariz. The Voie Funeral Home, Iola is assisting the family.