Jeannette "Jenny" Marie Walker, December 18, 1952 - January 17, 2020

Jeannette "Jenny" Marie Walker
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It is with great sadness that the family of Jeannette “Jenny” Marie Walker announces her passing on January 17th, 2020, at the age of 67, after a long battle with leukemia.

Jenny was born December 18, 1952 in Wisconsin Rapids to Robert and Leone (Mours) “Tubby” Schill. Jenny graduated from Wisconsin Rapids Assumption High School in 1971 and from The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  In April of 1975 Jenny married Steven Walker of Eau Claire. They were married for 31 years until 2006. For a short time after college Jenny taught Physical Education in Chetek, WI and then transitioned to home daycare.  In the late 80’s Jenny became an Interior Decorator at the family owned Walker’s Decorating Center.  Jenny and then husband Steven purchased the business from Steven’s father in 1989 and together ran the store until it closed in 2003. After the stores closing in 2003 Jenny became a sales associate at HOM Furniture in Eau Claire until 2010. In 2010 Jenny became a live-in care giver at Apple Tree Cottage, a home for developmentally disabled adults on Eau Claire’s south side until her diagnosis in early 2019.

Jenny was very active in the Eau Claire community throughout the 1990’s.  She began her community involvement by taking over as President of the Eau Claire American Little League. During her time as president she was instrumental in the building of Fairfax Park Baseball Complex and earned a Citizen K Award from the City Eau Claire for her selfless volunteer work.  She also spent time as City President of Little League and time on the Eau Claire Cavalier’s Baseball Club board.

Jenny was also a die-hard fan of the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers. Her love of sports played a major role in her volunteer work and family activities throughout her life. In her later years Jenny adored spending time with family especially her grandkids.  She was a loving and selfless soul who would do anything for anyone in need.

Jenny is survived by her ex-husband Steven of Eau Claire; her 3 children: Luke (Ashley) Walker of Eau Claire, Crystal (Matthew) Bodden of Lakeville, MN, Lincoln (Christin) Walker of Eau Claire; sister Barb (Bill) Jonas of New Berlin, WI; and 6 grandchildren: Kashton, Finley, Chance, and London Bodden; Lake and Lyla Walker,  as well as many nieces and nephews.

Jenny was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Leone Schill and her brother Doug Schill.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 am on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1712 Highland Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with Father Paul Hoffman officiating.  Memorial visitation will take place at the church Thursday morning, January 30, 2020 from 9 am until the time of service.  Visitation will continue immediately following the service in Father Klink Hall while a luncheon is being served.  Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Calvary Cemetery in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.  

Jenny’s family would like to give a special thanks to all the friends and family who sent cards, well wishes, and gave donations during her battle. Especially to the amazing women who cared for her during her outpatient treatment in Rochester, words cannot express our gratitude!

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Jenny’s name to American Diabetes Association 2451 Crystal Drive Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202 or at

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

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


  1. Gretchen Sampson February 20, 2020

    My belated but sincere condolences to the Walker and Schill family. I was a childhood friend of Jenny's and have very fond memories of her and her entire family. Her joy and passion for life was unmatched. So many hours spent with her just laughing and having fun. We felt like Jenny was a member of our family while growing up and still laugh at the time she dropped a watermelon with the resulting chaos at the Straub house.

    She was the maid of honor at our wedding and made that event even more special. Although she is gone, she will never be forgotten. Sending you all hugs, prayers and warm wishes for peace and healing.

    Love, Gretchen Straub Sampson

  2. Blia Yang January 30, 2020

    Jenny was a gentle, kind-hearted, selfless, and giving person. Her warm, bright smile was radiant and contagious to those around her. It was heartwarming and touching to see her love for her residents. I only knew Jenny for a short time, beginning when I helped her transition into Medicare. It was such a joy to know her, I only wish I got to know her longer. Sending prayers of comfort and strength to your family during this difficult time.

  3. Patrick Graham January 29, 2020

    Steve, Sharon and I are so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, we are unable to make the trip to Eau Claire for Jenny's funeral. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  4. Curtis and Donna January 27, 2020


  5. KENNETH RIPP January 27, 2020

    Sue and I would like to send our words of comfort and support, thoughts and prayers to each of you. Your mom was a shining light and energetic supporter of the American Little League as our son Chris enjoyed his formative years much more because of this experience. She was also a source of comfort for us when Chris died six years ago. She will always be special to us.

  6. Jim Abens January 27, 2020

    Steven, Luke, Crystal, Lincoln & family, So sorry about Jenny's passing. I always enjoyed seeing Jenny in my Chiro office. She was one of the few people who ever laughed at my jokes. Hope you all can find grace & peace. Blessings on you all. Jim Abens

  7. Cathy and Bruce Werner January 26, 2020

    Our deepest sympathy to the Walker family in their loss of their beloved Mom, Grand Mother and best friend. She will be remembered as a fierce advocate of her family and friends. We got to know Jennie through the EC baseball community. We are all so grateful for her time and devotion that our families experienced during the time our sons were involved in baseball.
    May she now Rest In Peace.

  8. Lynn Solie January 26, 2020

    Please know I’m thinking of your family...we lived next to Jenny and Steve on Summit St years ago and developed a lovely friendship! I wish you peace????

  9. sheila hilton January 26, 2020

    Very sorry for your loss. May God be with you.

  10. Pam and Steve Thiesing January 25, 2020

    Our prayers to the family of Jenny. She will be missed by many.

  11. Jeanne Burns January 25, 2020

    So sorry for your loss, and your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jeanne and Bob Burns

  12. Ken, Annie, and Tyler Wygant January 24, 2020

    We are deeply sorry for the loss of your mother. She wore the biggest, brightest smile whenever we saw her with you all. Our hearts are with you in this time of grief.

  13. Teresa & Rich Van Gelder January 23, 2020

    Jenny was a caring and sweet person. She will be missed by so many. May your fond memories and the Grace of God sustain you during this time of sorrow.

  14. Gary Sabo January 22, 2020

    I'm so sorry to hear of Jenny's passing. She was a wonderful lady. It was my pleasure to get to know her and be friends. I send my prayers to all of her family.

  15. Paula Esselman Cook January 21, 2020

    Jenny was in my high school class at Assumption, Wis Rapids. She was a school spark plug and always had an open heart to all people. She cared for her invalid mother regularly and in her later years considered the group home residents to be her family. Peace. ❤️

  16. Carl Bahnson January 19, 2020

    Jenny leaves a huge foot print in the community. Between Walker Decorating, HOME furniture, Appletree Group Home, Little League and the friends of her kids... a giant of a positive impact RIP now Jenny

  17. tom kite January 19, 2020

    Jenny did a wonderful job as the house parent at Appletree cottage. She treated each resident like her own child. When I broke the news with them, several were crying uncontrollably. She did have a wonderful life, just wish it could be longer.