Friday, September 11, 2015


Genevieve Mae (Diels) Wells, wife, mother, and caregiver died peacefully at home on September 10, 2015 surrounded by her family under the care of Hope Hospice. Genevieve was born July 19, 1925 to William John Diels and Vera Leon (Taylor) Diels in Medford, WI. She attended Meadowbrook School in the town of Hammel and graduated from Medford High School in 1943. During World War II she worked in Janesville, WI. At the end of the war she married the love of her life Delbert Bruce Wells, who survives.
Genevieve and her friend Lynn Malstrom opened the original Sandbox in Medford on 1976. She also worked as nursing aid at Memorial Hospital primarily in obstetrics until her retirement in 1987.
Genevieve was a musician and a wedding singer. She played the organ at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey for many years. She was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and Boxrucker Barry American Legion Auxiliary.
Genevieve is survived by her husband, Delbert and her children, Dale of Allen, Texas; Bruce and his wife Sharon (Emmerich) of Mount Vernon, Illinois; Dawn of Medford, WI; Pamela and her husband Bruce Emmerich of Phillips, WI; David and his wife Mary (Kretschmer) of Melissa, Texas; Kevin and his wife Leza (Malstrom) of Medford, WI; Susan and her husband, Joseph Belzer of St. Louis Park, MN; Deirdre of Marshfield, WI; Ethan (deceased) and his wife, Tina (Boelk); and James and significant other Sandi Kuenne of Medford, WI and Melody and Tim Mueller of Mosinee, WI; 26 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 5 step great grandchildren and a stepsister Joyce Wilcox of Neillsville, WI.
Genevieve is preceded in death by her parents, William John Diels and Ida Leon (Taylor) Diels, an infant brother, a son, Ethan John, her stepmother Hilda (Heideman) Knutson Diels, and a stepsister, Delores Balciar.
Funeral services for Genevieve will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in the town of Holway, with Pastor Kris Bjerke-Ulliman officiating. Burial will follow in the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, and also on Thursday from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM at church.
Her grandchildren Scott Wells, Jarrod Wells, Tonya Brost, Travis Wells, Kimberly Wells, Aaron Belzer, Megan Harris, Brittany Wells and Samantha Brackmann will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Genevieve’s name to Aspirus Medford Hospital Foundation, Hope Hospice or Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.
Hemer Funeral Service, has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at