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February 25, 2020

9/23/2017 7:25:00 AM
Fern Dailey

Fern Dailey, age 98, of Rhinelander and formerly of Elcho, entered into her eternal life Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at Cumberland Heights in Rhinelander.

Fern was born April 3, 1919 to the late James and Lucy (Hansen) O'Neil in Antigo.

Fern was a graduate of Elcho High School class of 1937.

On May 20, 1940, she was united in marriage to Paul Dailey at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa. Paul preceded her in death.

Fern was a skilled homemaker and also worked as a medical secretary at the General Clinic.

Fern was an amazing baker and cook. She was talented with arts and crafts, sewing, upholstery, knitting and gardening.

Survivors include three daughters, Bonnie (Guy) Wixtrom of Fayetteville, N.C., Peggy Dailey of Minneapolis, Minn., and Mary Lynn Grafenauer of Pelican Lake; daughter-in-law Dawn Dailey; seven grandchildren, Mark, Jon, Karl, Elizabeth, Dee "Bucky", Paul, Alana and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Fern was preceded in death by a son, Dee Dailey, a brother Vernon O'Neil, a sister Vivian Zechel, and a son-in-law, Terry Grafenauer.

A funeral service will be held at noon Tuesday at Strasser-Roller Funeral Home. Reverend Jon Wixtrom, Fern's grandson, will officiate the service. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Elcho Cemetery.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Article comment by: Judy Zarm

Mary Lynn, Your mom was such a neat lady. I truly enjoyed her time at Evergreen Manor and was sad to see her move. She was always ray of sunshine. Judy

Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Article comment by: Sandra Bruyette

Mary Lynn, Sorry to hear about your mom. I will always remember her sweet smile and her sense of humor. So glad i had the pleasure of caring for her. She was a wonderful lady.."Sandy

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