Elmer A. Steinmetz, April 25, 1924 - September 29, 2019

Elmer A. Steinmetz
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Elmer A. Steinmetz, age 95 of Eau Claire passed away Sunday morning, September 29, 2019 at home with his family. 

Elmer was born April 25, 1924 to John and Rose (Mayer) Steinmetz in Edson, WI.  He graduated from Boyd High School in 1942.  After high school, Elmer served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He was stationed in the Philippines and Japan. When he was honorably discharged, he moved to Minneapolis, MN and married Marcella Willkom on December 30, 1946.  While living in Minneapolis he attended the Minnesota School of Business. 

Elmer and Marcella moved to Eau Claire in 1948 where Elmer began his business career working at American National Bank. While working at American National Bank, Elmer traded his car for his first piece of investment real estate. This deal began what was to become a successful life-long career. Throughout his career he encouraged his children to invest in real estate and continued to mentor them throughout his life.  After a 67-year career in both banking and investment real estate, Elmer retired at the young age of 92.

Elmer and his wife Marcella were devout Catholics. For many years, Elmer sang as a member of a local polka band that performed at masses in many area churches.

Elmer’s grandchildren were a great source of joy in his life.  He enjoyed spending time with them, attending their many activities and creating memories.  He was very proud of them!

Elmer is survived by his children, Brian (Cecille), Sam, Kelly (Mary), and Marlo (Scott) Erickson; his loving grandchildren, Jennifer, Hannah, Channa, Camille, Adam, Austin, Abigail, and Alexander; as well as sister-in-law, Kay Steinmetz.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 ½ years, Marcella; daughters, Rhonda and Renee; brother Wyman; sister, Waldine Etten; and his parents.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 am on Monday, October 7, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1712 Highland Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with Father Francis Thadathil officiating.  Visitation will take place on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Hulke Family Funeral Home from 4:30-7 pm with a prayer service at 7 pm to conclude the visitation.  There will be no visitation on Monday before the funeral at church. Committal service will take place at Calvary Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Elmer’s name may be given to the Regis Catholic Schools Foundation, https://www.regiscatholicschoolsfoundation.com/

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. John Gerberich Jr. October 3, 2019

    I remember your family well. Neighbors and good friends
    over the years. Your dad was a good man. Take care family. Take care.

    John Gerberich

  2. Jeanne and Wayne Parsons September 30, 2019

    As a youngster, I remember Uncle Elmer was always smiling whenever I saw him...and he had such a beautiful smile!! When I was 15 (or almost 16) he brought a VW Beatle by our house and let me drive it! It was he and me tooling down the highway...I still remember it as if it was yesterday...and it was many years ago as you well know my age now! Even though I didn’t see Uncle Elmer much after we moved from Wisconsin, he and your mom were thought of often, as was you all. I am sure the party in heaven is a good one as Marce, Rhonda and Renee and Wyman and Waldine, Grandma and Grandpa greet Uncle Elmer with loving arms. I bet there will be some card games going on too! May God bless you and give you strength as you travel this sad journey of saying good-bye to your dad and grandpa. With sympathy and loving thoughts, Your cousin

  3. Marilyn Foley September 30, 2019

    Uncle Elmer is to be remembered as a Fun-Loving, Jolly Guy who loved his family dearly. He especially 'Sparkled' with Marlo who, I thought, was the apple of his eye. They liked to tease & giggle together.
    Uncle Elmer advised me with buying my 1st car. Yeah!!! And I remember how he enjoyed singing @ the polka masses. My mother & grandma & grandpa always liked hearing him sing♡ So may Memories bring Comfort as the Family Celebrates The Life of Elmer