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Lisa Kay Witzke

September 11, 2023 | 18 comments

Lisa Kay Witzke (Schroeder) was an incredibly caring mother, daughter, sister, and friend to all. She left the world all too suddenly on September 8, 2023 at the age of 54 after a short, but hard fought, battle against cancer.

She was born in La Crosse, WI on May 28, 1969. Lisa graduated from Logan High School and went on to attend Western Technical College to receive a degree in marketing. Not long after, she married Tom Witzke (D. 2012) in 1992 and they had two sons. Lisa spent many years working many different jobs, but being a mom was her favorite job of them all.

Lisa will be remembered by her creativity and love. She could take any object and make it into a masterpiece. She loved sewing, glass etching, wood burning, and all things crafts. She especially loved making things for others. Both her persona and gifts were truly “one of a kind”. Lisa spent most of her free time taking care of those she loved. She never missed your phone call no matter what time of the day (or night) it may have been and she never missed a chance to say “I love you”. She was generous with not only her time, but also her love. She had a heart of gold and a sense of humor that made everyone around her crack a smile.

Lisa will be lovingly remembered by her son Brandon Witzke (Nikki Witzke); son Alec Witzke; mother Tammy Selbo; sister Laurie Schroeder (Brent Hicke); brother Eric Schroeder; nephew Sam Naas; niece Nora Naas; great nephews Luther and Conrad Naas; boyfriend Pat McKeeth; father Douglas Schroeder (Deb Schroeder), sister Jonean Thorsen (Justin Thorsen); sister Corey Janksy Bucholz (Bryan Bucholz); and her many amazing aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents John and Norma (Caya) White, her grandparents Rich and Elaine (Schultz) Schroeder, and her stepfather Luther Selbo.

A private burial will be held for family and close friends. A visitation will be held to celebrate Lisa’s life on Saturday, September 23rd from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Gathering Place 133 Mason St., Onalaksa, WI 54650 (flowers can be sent to this address). Friends and family are invited to attend and share their fond memories of her.

Lisa’s memory will forever be engraved in the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known her. She was our sunshine.



  1. Harry Williams Jr

    To the family and friends of Lisa:

    I’ve worked closely with Lisa for over 6 years, and she was a joy to work with! She was very responsible, and Lisa had her priorities straight! I will miss her; not only professionally, but more importantly, personally. Very clearly, she was a ray of sunshine! I could go on much longer.

    Thoughts and prayers are offered from Jeanie and myself.

  2. Kim K

    My deepest condolences to you all. I know only what I read on her obituary and she sounds like an amazing person you were blessed to have in your life. Wishing you peace and good memories of Lisa.

  3. Nikki

    My thoughts are prayers go out to all who knew and loved, Lisa. She touched many lives and leaves a lot of love behind. Keep those memories close. It was an honor and pleasure to work with Lisa. –Nikki Miller, RN, HWC (Inclusa)

  4. Cynthia Melander

    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss–to all who have been and are affected. I wish you peace and I hope one day your wonderful memories soon bring you some comfort. Cynthia Melander, Screener with Inclusa, Superior, WI office

  5. Lisa Miskowiec

    Lisa was a joy to be around and always a helping hand when we visited. I have many of her pieces- including an engraved family tree candy jar she made for my husband at my request several years ago. The love and care she spread in the world is her legacy we all need to continue. Lisa was a truly special person. My condolences to all her family and friends.

  6. Teresa Mahnke

    I work at Inclusa. I didn’t know Lisa, but I’m so very sorry for your loss. I wish I had met her; she sounds like a lovely person. May happier moments and memories comfort you and bring you peace.

  7. Shelly McGreal

    Lisa. My dear Lisa.  I sure miss you.  You were the one who was always concerned about others.  You were especially concerned for the well-being of your brother, mother, sons, sister, and Pat & his children.  You spoke caringly about friends and their accomplishments and hardships.  You always answered the phone and we had long talks – often.  I will continue to talk to you and hear your voice. Your calming voice and chuckle.  Since grade school, and through high school, and beyond to today, I valued your friendship.  We had many good times, some shareable, some probably not!  But we always had fun and had each others back’s the whole time.  I love you, I miss you and we all wish you were still here with us physically.  But, you are still here and will be here, in our hearts, in our thoughts and watching over your family and your friends, around a corner listening in, hearing our whispers and questions, and giving us hope and strength and love and support the rest of our days.  At the end of our conversations, you always said “Bye Sweetie” so today I say it back……”Bye Sweetie”  ~ Shelly

  8. Holly Rae Brenner

    Words can never take someones pain away, but always remember what a beautiful soul she truly was. I will cherish our great memories together always.My deepest sympathy goes out to all family and friends. Love Ya Girl, Holly

  9. Mary Kolb

    So sorry for your loss. It hits so close to home since she is just one year younger than my son who we almost lost to a health scare. My heart goes out to Tammy and all your family. Time will help ease the pain and she’ll always be with you.

  10. Doris Dahl

    Oh my! I was privileged to work with Lisa for a short time. She was always a joy to work with. So sorry to hear of her passing.

  11. Colleen Greiskalns

    I am so sorry about the loss of Lisa, she was a sweet beautiful young woman. For sure she is gone to soon.

  12. Sonya White

    I am so sorry and sad for my sister’s loss of her daughter Lisa. I’m a mother too and I totally understand how my sister’s feeling…Lisa’s kindness and laughter left a really good impact on me. Like her mother, Lisa always spreads happiness to others. She suppressed her physical discomfort and joked to make her sister feel less nervous when Lisa’s sister drove her to the emergency room. I am so proud of Tammy for having such a lovely daughter. Lisa, I will remember you forever!

  13. Pat's Work Family

    Rest in peace, beautiful, sweet Lisa.

  14. Matt Evanson

    The time I got to spend with Lisa was always amazing. She was a caretaker and moved away to help take care of her brother.
    She started etching and wood burning while she lived with me in West Des Moines, Iowa.
    Lisa had a big and pure heart.
    The world will miss her smile and laughter.

  15. Marilyn Reedy

    Peace to beautiful, sweet Lisa.
    Deepest condolences from Pat’s Work Family.

  16. Sherrie christopherson

    My great friend Lisa,
    As much as my heart is breaking,
    and fighting tears, I have to share how grateful I am to have had you in my life ! High school, track ??, sleep overs ??, weddings ???, . We always laughed! The memories we shared will never be forgotten! You truly have a heart of gold, all the times we were together, Eric was always part of our day! I’ll never say goodbye, and I’ll never forget all we shared! Always in my heart! Love you! ❤️ Sherrie

  17. Nancy Smith (King)

    Dear Sweet Lisa,
    Though we didn’t stay in touch after school, the news of your passing hit me hard. What I remember – your bright shining smile, your sweet kind words – always. Never a cross word. The fun times we had in school, dances, hanging out at the Golden Palace. Life was good in Holmen, made better by friends like you.
    God must have had something special in mind for you to take you so soon.
    Watch over us all – you dear sweet angel.

  18. Sherry & Jerry Cooley

    Lisa Are Friend
    Our deepest sympathy to the boys and the Witzke family
    Lisa was one of are dearest friends
    We kept in touch with her after we moved we are sorry for your loss
    Friends and love always
    Sherry, Jerry , Skip, Jenni ,and the Boys

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