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January 20, 2022

Lori L. Wirts

Lori L. (Miller) Wirts, 63, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 9, 2022. She was born September 12, 1958, to David and Ella (Miles) Miller in Danville, IL.

Lori graduated from Middleton High School in 1976, and attended Milwaukee Area Technical College. She was a successful entrepreneur, avid traveler, and a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

As an active member of the community, Lori was a member of Grace Church, Red Hat Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, and currently served on the Village Board in New Glarus. She had previously served as the President and District Director of the Barneveld Jaycees and was a member of the Swiss Belles.

She was a gifted singer, had a beautiful and fun fashion sense, and she was always quick with a "dad" joke or funny gift. Lori was known for her beautiful smile, warm hugs, giving spirit, and her devotion to her friends and family. She was a warrior in Christ leading many to salvation over the years, including her former husband, Jim Wirts, who precedes her in death.

Many loved her and will miss her bright spark in their lives. Lori is survived by her father, David Miller; siblings, Rayne (Fred) Oxberger, Kerry (Sandy) Miller, Jocelyn (Yuri) Hohman, and Andrea (Pete) Langrish; 25 nieces and nephews; 43 great-nieces and nephews; one great-great-nephew; and many close friends and family members.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ella; maternal and paternal grandparents; infant nephew, Chance Wisecup; nephew, Kord Miller; her uncles, Richard Kinney and Russ Johnson; and her aunts, Deanna Johnson, Sheryl Kinney, and Cathie Miller.

A visitation will be held Friday, January 21, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Grace Church, 416 Second Street, New Glarus, WI. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Grace Church. Pastor Kent Duval will officiate. The graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m., on Monday, January 24, 2022, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Oakwood, IL. A Celebration of Life will be held February 19, 2022, at the Danville Assembly, 428 N Walnut Street, Danville, IL 61832.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Care Net of Monroe or the New Glarus Schools Music Department.

The Zentner-Beal Funeral Home of New Glarus is assisting the family.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at


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