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Cheri L. "Ethel" Steffen
Dec. 17, 1969 - Oct. 25, 2020
New Holstein, WI
Funeral Service:
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
11:00 am
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Funeral Visitation:
Friday, Oct. 30, 2020
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
9:00 am - 10:45 am
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Cheri L. "Ethel" Steffen
New Holstein, WI

Cheri L. "Ethel" Steffen, age 50, of New Holstein, died on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Ascension Calumet Hospital in Chilton.  She was born December 17, 1969 in Chilton, daughter of Jim & Carol (Bonlander) Schleh.  

Cheri along with her dedicated partner and love of her life, Al Muehlbauer, owned and operated, Ethel’s Pub & Grill.  They started this business adventure in Chilton and expanded to further locations in Brillion and Kiel. Previous to Ethel’s Pub & Grill, Cheri worked for several years at M & I in New Holstein.  

Cheri had a warm and inviting smile as you walked through her doors.  Always a ‘hello’, ‘we can make that work’ and 'it's all good' attitude as she bartended or took your order around the table.  She was always everywhere, serving in multiple locations, being bartender, tending to tables, and was one fantastic force to be reckoned with in the kitchen.  She brightened up every room she came into and made sure to create a lot of fun at gatherings with the people she loved and cherished. The whole Ethel family and team will greatly miss Cheri, her work ethic, and smile.

Cheri's pride and joy were her children Caden and Anna.  She enjoyed going on adventures with them or just spending a night in snuggling and watching Hallmark movies. She also adored her grandson's.

With a giving heart, Cheri locally supported several organization around Calumet County.  Near and dear to her were the Chilton and Brillion Fire Departments, New Hope, and American Legion.  She was a small town business owner who loved to give back and support many organizations in the community.  Cheri was also an active member of both the Calumet and Manitowoc Tavern Leagues.  

She will be especially missed by her love and dedicated partner in life, Al Muehlbauer; Siblings Dawn Van De Kreeke and Paul Schleh. her children:  Caden Steffen, Anna Muehlbauer, Amanda (Kevin) Spatchek, Kylie (Ross) Helein, and Dylan Muehlbauer; her grandchildren:  Owen, Aaron, Luke and James; parents: Jim & Carol Schleh; Also, nieces: Ashley & Coral. Nephews: Dylan & Tegan. Other relatives and many friends.  

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W Main St.) in Chilton.  A time for visitation will be on Friday, October 30, 2020 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM and Saturday, October 31 from 9:00 AM until 10:45 AM at Wieting Family Funeral Home in Chilton. 

A memorial fund has been established in the name of Cheri L. “Ethel” Steffen.
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I will miss you greatly Cheri. I still can't believe it. I will think of our good times often. I will help look after Caden, Anna.

Lori Dyer (Cousin) - Nov. 6, 2020


When I first met Ethel 10 years ago we started working together in marketing for her Chilton location. 10years later she met my wife, met my kids as they were babies and saw them grow up every time we stopped in to eat there. We learned hard the first time to NOT order more than one order of fries. Hearing of her passing has brought a sadness to me I was not expecting. She was such an amazingly beautiful person and I will miss her more than I think she knows.

Paul Niesen (Business Acquaintances ) - Nov. 5, 2020


I’m sorry for your loss. Although I never met Cheri, my brother-in-law law Lenny Sturtz so fondly spoke about her. He appreciated her friendship and how she would check in on him if she hadn’t seen him for several days. Thank You Cheri!

Jane Freund Sturtz - Oct. 31, 2020


What a shock. Cheri was an amazing supporter of New Hope Center. She had a heart of gold. We will miss her forever.

Greg Logemann (New Hope ) - Oct. 30, 2020


I was very shocked to hear of Cheri’s passing. I offer my deepest condolences to her family. I will always remember playing together as children at family gatherings and working with her at “The Pig”. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Tina Pomplin (Cousin) - Oct. 30, 2020


I have known Cheri every since she bought the Elite bar from Mort and Barb. Miss ya Toots and hope you watch over all your friend's and family from Heaven.

Scott Heagle (Friend) - Oct. 30, 2020


Cheri will be greatly missed by anyone that knew her. thanks for the memories.

rodney stock (friend) - Oct. 29, 2020


We are so deeply sorry to hear of Cheri’s passing. She was always very kind when we came into the restaurant. We will definitely miss her smiling face with every greeting. You are all in our thoughts prayers. Unfortunately due to COVID at the moment we will not be able to make it to the funeral but we will be thinking of you all. Hugs!
Eric, Michelle, Megan, and Makayla Thede

Thede Family - Oct. 29, 2020


Sending my Sympathy to the family of Cheri, and Al. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.

Bonnie Weber (Customer ) - Oct. 28, 2020


sorry life was so short, you will be missed by all.

belva olsen (good friend) - Oct. 28, 2020


Cheri will be sadly missed by us all. She had a laugh and smile that never quit. I got to know Cheri through my son Travis. Heaven has another angel smiling down on us

karen swonger (friend) - Oct. 28, 2020


I enjoyed working with Cheri at M&I New Holstein. One time she dressed up as "Thekla" and surprised me at an employee party. She will be missed.

Karen Schmid (former co-worker) - Oct. 28, 2020


She was a wonderful friend, the best boss ever. She had a heart as big as Texas and if you needed her she was there. I can hear her now from Heaven...saying...you guys got this,,,its all good. Oh how you will be missed! Prayers to Al, Caden, Anna and the whole famly

Cheryl Sullivam (Freind and employee) - Oct. 28, 2020


My memories of Cheri was from the Kiel Ethels. I was a bartender / waitress.

Michelle Knoblock (Employee of Cheri's Bar/ Grill in Kiel) - Oct. 27, 2020


Cheri and I went to school together. We were good friends in school. Cheri was always so quiet and so sweet and friendly. My deepest sympathy to her family

karen Moore(Ennis) (friend) - Oct. 27, 2020


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