memories of Ferne Held-Miller and her family from 1924-2008

Ferne Held-Miller, 84, of Waupaca, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at Riverside Medical Center.

Ferne was born in Unity on Nov. 10, 1924, the daughter of the late Earnst and Mary (Lohse) Regal.

She worked for many years at Wausau Hospital. On July 19, 1941, Ferne married Arthur E. Held in Athens, and he preceded her in death July 24, 1996. She later married Wilber Miller. She is a member of First Assembly of God Church in Waupaca.

Ferne is survived by her husband, Wilber Miller, Waupaca; her children, Gerald (Janice) Held, Mosinee, Diane (Robert) Wunsch, Mosinee, Phyllis (Terry) Backens, Rockford, Ill., and Allan (Kathy) Held, Mesa, Ariz.; her eight grandchildren, Jeff (Sue) Held, Jana (Rick Best) Held, Lisa (Carrol Jr.) Pittsley, Michelle (John) Suchomski, Justin (Shelley) Backens, Teara (Jason) Rhode, and Dallas and Austin Held; her eight great-grandchildren, Josh, Jayden and Gavin Held, Jackson Best, Alesha Pittsley, Jessica Suchomski, Seara Ferne Backens, and Madigan Rhode. Also surviving are four sisters, Onie Frey, Dolly Reigal, Freida Brownlow, and Hazel Regal; two brothers, Edward and Bennie Regal; and a brother in law, Elmer (Joann) Held.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at noon, at First Assembly of God Church in Waupaca, with the Rev. Jason Rhode officiating. Entombment will be in Restlawn Memorial Park in Wausau. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of services at First Assembly of God Church.

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