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Sara J Wilcox
Nov. 10, 1950 - Dec. 9, 2021
Wausau, WI
Sara J Wilcox
Wausau, WI


Sara J. Wilcox, age 71, of Wausau (formerly Chilton), died on December 9, 2021, at Willow’s Way Assistant Living in Wausau. She was born November 10, 1950, daughter of the late Nyles and Lois Papendieck.

Sara graduated from Chilton High School and went to Patricia Stevens Career College in Milwaukee for an education in Interior Design. During high school she worked at Hipke’s Drug Store running their soda fountain area, and she said it may have been her most favorite job during her life. She was a bit of a free spirit and lived all over Wisconsin and the United States. While living in San Francisco, she owned and operated her own interior design studio. Health problems forced her to have brain surgery in 1989 which left her paralyzed on her left side. Although her disability frustrated her, she was always very happy when family came to visit. 

Sara is survived by her daughter, Jennifer (Michael) Schmidt; three grandchildren: Samantha Morgan, Nicole Morgan, and Leah Schoerner; four great-grandchildren; and siblings: Steve (Veronica) Papendieck, Jeff (Christine) Papendieck, Linda (Gary) Javore, Greg (Stacy) Papendieck, Dino (Ellie) Papendieck; and a foreign-exchange sibling from Santiago, Chile: Sergio “Checho” Velis.

Sara was preceded in death by her parents, Nyles and Lois.

Services are being planned for summer 2022.

Sara’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Willow’s Way for their excellent care, especially Juanita who became a dear friend to her. 
Sara and I went to school together Chilton High. Very special lady. Hugs to family.

Mary Parker Geier (Friend/School Mate) - Dec. 16, 2021


My Dear beloved sister Sara, To remember our first days when our mon and dad sent me before August 1965 a picture introducing me my new American family in the USA was one of the happiest days in my life seeing you with our brothers and sisters, Soon after I knew you personnally with your beatifull face and smile to remember that for my entire life. To bring in mind the wonderfull days we shared at Chilton High School, those days were very quick with a lot of activities at the school and within our great family. I will keep you in mind forever. For sure our Lord Jesus will give you an special reciption to your soul and rest in peace in heaven where I know you will have an special place. Rest in Peace my dear sister Sara. My Love Checho.

Sergio ( Checho ) Velis (Sibling / Santiago- Chile) - Dec. 13, 2021


I will never forget this lady she had thought me to be patient and understanding even when your on edge! She always had great stories and sang to us when she was in her high spirts! Rip Sara

Crystal (Caregiver in 2011) - Dec. 13, 2021


Dino and Ellie, sorry for your loss.. She is happy with her Maker, I am sure.

Mike and Doris Bennin (Friends) - Dec. 10, 2021


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