Iline “Toots” B. Budimlija 1925-2019

Iline “Toots” B. Budimlija

Iline “Toots” B. Budimlija, 93, of Rib Lake, passed away on Sept. 6, 2019 at Acorn Hills Senior Living in Mosinee, surrounded by family and under the care of Interim Hospice. A memorial service took place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church with Pastor Kenneth Bittorf officiating. Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake. Visitation took place at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Iline was born on Sept. 9, 1925 to Max and Hermina (Hengst) Zuther in Rib Lake. She graduated from Rib Lake High School. She briefly worked in Milwaukee before returning to Rib Lake. She also worked for Gem Products Shoe Factory for many years and at the Mondeaux Flowage. When she returned to Rib Lake, she met Duscan “Duke” Budimlija at Zondlo’s and danced the Blue Waltz. They were married on Sept. 27, 1947 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Rib Lake and he preceded her in death on July 12, 2011. In her spare time Iline enjoyed working in the woods, taking meticulous care of her garden and lawn, cooking, spending time with her grandchildren and making meals for her family.
Iline is survived by her sons, Dennis (Judith) Budimlija of Rib Lake, Dan (Margaret) Budimlija of Mosinee and Gary (Yvonne) Budimlija of Medford; grandchildren, Jennifer (Chad) Jacobson, Brad (Heidi) Budimlija, Ryan (Katie) Budimlija, Heidi Radtke, Justin (Amie) Budimlija, Nicole (Jesse) Lukewich, Tyler (Shannon) Budimlija and Joshua (Kirsten) Budimlija; great-grandchildren, Bianca, Brent, Riley, Silas, Dade, Lana, Gavin, Lilly, Jacob, Elliott, Arien, Zoe, Rowan, Mateo, Maddie, Flora, and one on the way, baby Duscan; and great-great-grandchildren, Eli and Avery. Iline is further survived by her brother, Marlin Zuther of Seattle, Wash.; and many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.
In addition to her husband and parents, Ilene was preceded in death by her infant brother, Marvin; sister, Helen Dyrcz, and brother, Donald Zuther.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Iline’s name may be made to either Acorn Hill Senior Living or the church.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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