Ralph V. Pernsteiner, 85, Spencer, formerly of Greenwood, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, at Marshfield Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Spencer, with Rev. Barry Saylor officiating. A private burial will be held in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford, at a later date. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of service.
Ralph Vincent Pernsteiner was born on July 27, 1934, in Medford, to Casper and Alice (nee Annen) Pernsteiner. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in the Medford area, graduating from Medford High School in 1952. After completing high school, Ralph moved to Kenosha where he worked in a furniture store for a short time, and then returned to Medford and worked for the phone company. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 5, 1957, and served until his honorable discharge on April 24, 1959. After returning from the service, Ralph took over the operation of his family farm. He married Darla J. Siikarla on Feb. 27, 1960, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville. In 1970, they sold their farm and moved to Greenwood, where they purchased another farm, which they operated until 1997. They sold the farm in Greenwood and moved to Spencer. Ralph worked for Roth Manufacturing in Loyal until retiring in 2008. In retirement, he had many interests, but especially loved fishing with his grandchildren, his chainsaw, John Deere tractors, and woodworking. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, and a former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenwood.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Darla, of Spencer; three children: Jean (Paul) Chromey of Marshfield, Vincent Pernsteiner of Chippewa Falls, and Karie (Brian) Schmidt of Loyal; three grandchildren: Ric Englebretson, Layne Schmidt and Blain Schmidt; two sisters: Alice Pernsteiner of Medford, and Kathleen (Frank) Luterbach of Franklin; two brothers: Robert (Jill) Pernsteiner of Aiken, S.C., and Gerald (Lynette) Pernsteiner of Medford; two sisters-in-law: Agnes Pernsteiner and Kathleen Pernsteiner, both of Medford; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers: Willard, Lawrence and Sylvester Pernsteiner.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.
Cuddie Funeral Home, Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.