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December 7, 2022

10/4/2022 5:29:00 AM
Jill Renee Mode

Jill Renee Mode, 69, of Rhinelander, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sept. 29, 2022 with her husband, Buzzy, at her side.

Jill was born in Milwaukee, on March 14, 1953, to Ross W. and Betty M. (Scherbarth) Breitzman. She was raised in Wauwatosa until the family moved to Minocqua. She attended Lakeland area schools until 1969 when her family moved to Rhinelander. Jill graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1971 and continued her education at Nicolet College.

Jill was an excellent pianist, accompanying many fellow students at state solo and ensembles.

Jill enjoyed playing the accordion with her dad. She had a beautiful voice and performed in many Nicolet College plays, including lead in the musical "Cole".

Jill was a typist/transcriptionist for many years and had been employed at Harland Check Printers in New Berlin, medical records at Peterson Health & Rehab and for many years at the Oneida County Department of Social Services. Jill enjoyed music, the Packers and most of all loved her family and would do whatever she could for them.

Jill is survived by her husband, Buzzy (Edwin) Mode; sons Scott and Raymond (Abby) of Richfield, Minn.; daughter Megan (Brandon Brooks) of Rhinelander, grandchildren, Mason, Ada, Ira and Quinn. Also surviving are her brother Scott Breitzman, dear friends Jane Sorenson, Marilyn (Kleist) Carraway, Juli Bradaseric, Sue Schanes and Caryl Gironimi; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Jill was preceded in death by her parents, Buzzy's parents, Raymond and Phyllis (Obey) Mode; sister-in-law Louise (Weezy) Breitzman and brother-in-law Ray Mode.

At Jill's request, she will be cremated. A celebration of Jill's life will take place on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, at the Pine Lake Town Hall, located at 4197 River Road, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Inurnment will be at Northland Memorial Park.

Jill's family would like to thank the Hildebrand Funeral Home for assisting the family.

Jill studied the Bible every day and there is no doubt in Buzzy's and the family's mind that she is now looking down on them. She will be deeply missed.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501, 715-365-4343. Everyone is invited to sign the guestbook or leave an online condolence at

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, October 17, 2022
Article comment by: Holly Shepherd

So sorry for your loss Buzz & family!! Praying for you all that you will find comfort in happy memories & that He will hold you all close! 😇

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2022
Article comment by: Bruce Kotila

Dear Buzz and family,
I am saddened to hear of Jill’s passing. It was my pleasure to care for her medical needs, along with those of both her parents, before I retired. She would always brighten up the office with her effervescent personality, talking with everyone whom she encountered. I sent my sincerest condolences.
Bruce Kotila MD

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