THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Yvonne M. Sielaff
Yvonne Mae (Valliere) Sielaff, 85, of Menomonee Falls passed away peacefully in her sleep in the presence of family at Lawlis Family Hospice at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee County in Mequon at 7:31 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1.
She was born on Nov. 3, 1928 at Deaconess Hospital in Milwaukee. A 1946 graduate of Peshtigo High School and the UW Graduate School of Banking in Madison, she retired in 1994 from a lengthy career in the banking industry. She was employed at the Peshtigo National Bank until 1968 when she joined the staff at Farmers & Merchants Bank in Menomonee Falls which later became an Associated Bank branch in 1990.
While working at the Peshtigo National Bank on May 21, 1956, she was shot in the jaw by two armed gunmen robbing the bank. After a short spirited chase, the gunmen were captured and she recovered from the shooting with the bullet permanently lodged in her jaw. In July of 2012, while making repairs to a nearby bridge over the Peshtigo River, a gun possibly from the shooting was unearthed.
During World War II, she worked at Unit Structures in Peshtigo helping to construct pre-fabricated housing for bombed-out homeless families in England.
She was adept at both archery and bowling frequently defeating both men and women alike. In later life, she enjoyed knitting, jig-saw puzzles, and the company and care by her husband and grandchildren. She was active supporting her husband in his leadership roles in the Wisconsin Lions Organization. A former member of the Jobs Daughters, she was a Past Matron of Peshtigo Chapter #208 Order of Eastern Star.
She is survived by two grandsons, Thomas A. Miller, of Oshkosh and Jon R. Miller, of Menomonee Falls and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Sielaff; her only daughter, Renee C. Miller and her parents, Frank "Red" and Mabel (Tietz) Valliere.
Private services were held and interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Peshtigo. Memorials are suggested to the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Inc., 3834 County Rd. A, Rosholt, WI 54473. Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services, Menomonee Falls assisted the family with arrangements.
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