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Submitted photo taken of David and Kaylee shortly before the tragic accident.

On Saturday, February 11, 2023, David Kohlmeier and his daughter, Kaylee  Lorraine Hamann Kohlmeier, set out to have a fun day of snowmobiling.  They stopped by their friends, the Klismets, visited for a bit, and then set back out on the trails.  Not long after, a day of fun turned into a day of tragedy when their snowmobile hit a tree.

David was taken to the hospital via ambulance.  Kaylee was med-flighted to the emergency room in Marshfield, Wisconsin.  Unfortunately, the next day, the worst came true.  Although Kaylee was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, the injuries she sustained meant that she would not survive.  Kaylee passed on with her parents and extended family present to say good-bye.  All this was happening to Kaylee while her dad, David, was in-between surgeries for his injuries.

David, having completed his second surgery and still in the hospital, has a lot of physical healing to do but an even greater amount of emotional healing, his sister, Kimberly Borman, shared.  He will need to undergo more surgeries and will be off work for an extended period of time.  The very next step in the healing process is Kaylee's funeral. 

Her funeral will be at Peace Lutheran Church in Park Falls on Saturday, February 18, 2023.  Friends and family may gather for a visitation from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., which will be the hour of service.  Rev. Samuel Morsching will be the officiant.  Attendees are asked to wear pink, purple, or something sparkly in honor and memory of Kaylee, as pink and purple were her favorite colors.  For those who would like to help with David's expenses and Kaylee's funeral expenses, a Go Fund Me donation page has been established.  Click here to donate to the official page for this tragic accident.

A future celebration of life and interment will take place on July 4, 2023, Kaylee's birthday.

How appropriate that Kaylee was born on the 4th of July.  Her family states, "She lit up every room with her infectious smile and giggles, and she spread joy to all of those around her."  She is described as having been "a  compassionate child who had a great sense of humor with a sprinkle of sass."

Kaylee fully enjoyed life.  She loved playing with her dogs, Izzy and Abby.  She also loved to spend time in nature, enjoying riding her bike, grouse hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and UTV riding.

Even though she enjoyed the outdoors, Kaylee was a girly girl who loved her baby dolls and stuffies.

A second grader at Chequamegon Elementary School, Kaylee enjoyed spending time with her classmates and her teachers.  Her favorite subjects were art and reading.  She especially liked to read to her grandmother, Sharon Kohlmeier.

A helper by nature, Kaylee was always willing to chip in with chores or help out in the garden and kitchen.  She loved to be surrounded by her family.

Submitted photo of David and Kaylee.

Kaylee is survived by her father, David Kohlmeier; mother, Jamie Boomgard; siblings, Jensen Edward Poncek, Adeline Rose Miesbauer, Mackenzie Renee Miesbauer, and Kathryn Louise Miesbauer; paternal grandmother, Sharon Kohlmeier; maternal grandparents, Mary and Billy Joyce; along with aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Marvin Hamann; paternal great grandparents, Wally and Edna Hamann; uncle, Michael Hamann; and great-uncle, Bruce Hulke.

To learn more information about the tragic accident, click here.

Written By:  Lynne Bohn,
(This post was last modified: 02-22-2023, 09:06 PM by My Northern Wisconsin.)