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November 29, 2022

9/27/2022 5:29:00 AM
Gene W. Quandt

Gene W. Quandt, age 79, Rhinelander, died on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 at his home. Gene was born in Milwaukee on Sept. 14, 1943 to LeRoy and Valetta (Schneider) Quandt. On Oct. 3, 1964, he married Mary Burlingame, in Milwaukee. Mary passed away in 1982 after a long battle with cancer.

Gene attended grade school and high school in Milwaukee and graduated from Nicolet High School in 1961. After graduation, he attended the University of Milwaukee for two years and was in the Army ROTC. After he left college, he was employed at an eye clinic in Milwaukee until moving to Rothschild. While there, he worked at the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin at the Wausau Office for a year and a half before moving to Rhinelander to continue working at the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin Rhinelander Office as an ophthalmic technician/supervisor until his retirement in 2009. He met and married Christine Bissonnette on July 13, 2002.

Gene took great pride in his family and thoroughly enjoyed motorcycling. He traveled across the United States sightseeing, looking for waterfalls, and enjoying the scenery stopping at anything that looked interesting. He also enjoyed target practice, some hunting throughout the years, and loved going to the grandchildren's sporting events through the years. His family was the most important thing in his life and he always loved to spend time with them.

Gene is survived by his wife Christine, daughter Victoria "Vicky" (Mark) VanUs of Pulaski, son Craig Quandt of Rhinelander, stepchildren Justin and Luke Baker of Rhinelander, grandchildren Quintin and Madison VanUs, Angel Quandt, Kaylee, Isabelle, Issac, Mason, and Johnny Baker, great-grandchild Bentley, brothers John and Jeff Quandt, and other family members and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Mary, his sisters Karen Kay Quandt and Leone Mackenberg, and his brother Glenn Quandt.

A visitation for Gene will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Thursday Sept. 29, 2022 all at the Carlson Funeral Home. There will be an additional hour of visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday. You may leave your private condolences for the Quandt family at

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is handling the arrangements for the family.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Article comment by: Bruce Kotila

Dear Chris and family
Im saddened to hear of Genes passing. He was a wonderful asset at the Eye Clinic, always with a smile and willingness to help.
It was my privilege to care for his medical needs for a lot of years until my retirement. He will be remembered by all with whom he came in contact.
Im sending my sincerest condolences.
Bruce Kotila MD

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