Obituaries are a service of Brainard Funeral Home, with locations in Wausau and Weston.

Phyllis Van Lieshout

Phyllis M. Van Lieshout, 90, died on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. She was born Phyllis Winnekin on Dec. 17, 1928, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She is the daughter of the late Ralph Winnekin and Mary (Martel) Winnekin. On Feb. 12, 1949, she married James Van Lieshout and moved with him and their young family to Rothschild, Wisconsin, in 1954.

Phyllis Van Lieshout

Phyllis enjoyed a myriad of crafts and her annual trips to craft camp. She was an avid knitter. Friends and family were frequent recipients of her dish rags and scarves.

In retirement, Phyllis participated in numerous volunteer commitments including the Hospice House in Wausau, the Badger State Winter Games and helping the families at St. Care’s as an aide in the out-patient surgery waiting room. She also knit caps for the newborn nursery and hats and mittens for the elementary school children who did not have any.

She is survived by her children, Bob (Joan) Van Lieshout, Freeport, Illinois; Bonnie (Dick) Shane, Greenfield; Theresa (Doug Purdy) Van Lieshout, Wausau; Ann (Jim) Hinner, Madison; and Paul Van Lieshout, Wausau. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and her sister, Faye (Ralph) Klasen, Green Bay; along with many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; son, Bill Van Lieshout; grandson, Joey Hinner; brothers, John Winnekin and Bill Winnekin; and sisters, Mary Servotte and Pat Vanden Avond.

Phyllis will be laid to rest at the Restlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum during a private family service. Memorial donations may be made to a local hospice provider of your choice or the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, 4404 Rib Mountain Drive, #234, Wausau, WI 54401.

Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at

Beau Kaiser

Beau Rylee Kaiser passed peacefully in the arms of his parents on Aug. 14, 2019.

Beau Kaiser

He was the answer to his family’s prayers, their rainbow miracle baby, who arrived into this world on Aug. 6, 2019. During his brief visit on Earth, he touched the hearts of many. He was loved by all who met him and will be greatly missed.

Beau is survived by his daddy and mommy, Kory and Haylee Kaiser; paternal grandparents, Paul and Vonda Kaiser; maternal grandparents, Jon Prott and Lori Boll; aunts and uncles, Alison (Ben) Johnson, Stephen (Jill) Kaiser, Jason (Amber) Kaiser, Casey (Amanda) Kaiser and Morgan (Jordan) Roosa; great-grandparents, Tom (Arlene) Bittner, Viola Prott, and Jim (JoAnn) Lukasko; as well as many cousins and great aunts and great uncles. He was preceded in death by two infant siblings, his great-grandparents, Robert Prott and Melvin (Elizabeth) Kaiser.

A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 3200 N. Mountain R, Rib Mountain. Pastor Jenn Collins will officiate. Visitation will take place from 9:00 am until the time of services at the church.

The family would like to share their love and appreciation for the staff at the Aspirus Birthing Center as well as the Aspirus NICU; Your warmth and care will never be forgotten.

“Our sweet baby, Beau. You brought so much love into this world. Our tiny little miracle sent from heaven above. Mommy and Daddy love you so much, and we know you will be watching over us with your siblings in heaven. We will see you again, waiting with open arms to hold you again. God will take good care of you. Rest easy, baby boy. Fly high, our little love.”