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Talbot Family Funeral Home, Alma Chapel
Monday February 1st, 2021
4:00pm - 8:00pm

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Jolene Renae (Stein) Medeiros

Jolene Renae (Stein) Medeiros, age 38, of Nelson, who's life was tragically cut short, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021 in Nelson, Wisconsin. Jolene was born October 6, 1982 in Lake City, Minnesota. She will be remembered for always having a smile on her face and greeting you with kindness throughout her years of working at Handy-Mart. Jolene loved essential oils, and she recently had begun gardening and was learning to can the produce she grew. She loved animals of any kind, especially her own dogs and cats. Jolene is survived by her mother Denise Braatz (Russell) or Lake City, Minnesota; Father Randy Stein (Alice) of Lake City, Minnesota; Daughters Briana and Brooklynn Smolek and their dad Brian Smolek of Nelson, Wisconsin; Stepdaughter Samantha Medeiros; Brother Jason Stein (Tara Gullickson) of Mazeppa, Minnesota; Nephews Weston and Triston Stein; Grandmothers Norma Bulver of Wabasha, Minnesota, and Charlotte VanZanten of Pepin, Wisconsin; Step Grandmother Barb Lichtblau of Mazeppa, Minnesota; Aunts Susan (Joe) Wedrickas of Red Wing, Minnesota, and Shari (Cliff) Vars of Austin, Texas; Step sisters Jody Nye of Colorado and Melissa (Karl) Schumacher of Waterville, Minnesota; Step brother Shane Braatz of Plainview, Minnesota; step nieces, Autumn and Ava Schumacher; cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her Grandfathers Dennis Lichtblau and Arden Stein. A memorial gathering will be held on Monday, February 1, 2021 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Talbot Family Funeral Home, Alma Chapel. Please practice CDC guidelines as it pertains the Covid-19. A private family memorial service will be at a later date. The family asks that in Lieu of Flowers, memorials in Jolene's name be made to family wishes. Talbot Family Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements. A Go Fund Me page has been made to help assist her daughters in this tragic time, you can find her page by going to this link: https://gofund.me/a351dc1d

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This truly touched my heart. Thank you for writing it. I heard about this young woman passing and my heart was broken. What you wrote has helped me to see that she is in the loving arms of our Lord even though I did not know her. It is all about the ones you leave behind. God Bless.

Heidi Guevara Feb 4 2021 7:24 PM

Our sincere condolences to our dear neighbor Charlotte and my good friend Randy and to the rest of Jolene's family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Brent and Robin

Brent Peters Feb 1 2021 6:36 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about Jolene. We worked together many years ago. She was always smiling and was very kind. I also had the pleasure of working with Sam and I could tell how much Jolene meant to her. My deepest condolences.

Sarah Bitter Feb 1 2021 3:55 PM

Always a smile, and friendliness. Such a sweetie, and such a loss. You will be missed. My condolences to all of the family and friends. Chuck from Minneiska

Chuck Feb 1 2021 2:13 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jolene (Stein) Medeiros

Emily Thoeny Feb 1 2021 12:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jolene (Stein) Medeiros

Amy Dahl Feb 1 2021 12:35 PM

(Part 3 of 3) from Joe Schwen Sometimes we would talk about how everything came to be, and she would tell me about God and how He created everything including the first two humans (Adam and Eve). I (not believing in God) would tell her how ridiculous that was that God just spoke things into existence. I would tell her that I thought science and evolution had a better answer somehow believing that if you give nothing enough billions of years it would eventually turn into the world we have today. She never backed down; she would just unashamedly say what she believed. Well, I came to change my mind on that since we parted ways (sometime after she was out of high school). This is one of the things that I really was hoping to share with her at some point so I could say You told me so. I was also hoping to get a chance to apologize for some of the times when I didnt treat her as well as I should have. As I struggle with the reality of what happened to her, I am comforted to know that God did not abandon us when Adam and Eve broke their trust with Him. Rather he entered His creation as a man and walked this earth teaching people that this life is not all there is. He spoke of the eternal life in His kingdom of heaven for all who would turn back and trust in Him. A place where there is no more sorrow, suffering, and death, where he will wipe every tear from our eyes. This is my great hope for Jolene and where I hope to meet her again one day to see her smile and hear her laugh. You are greatly missed Jolene! Your good friend, Joe

Joe Schwen Feb 1 2021 11:10 AM

(Part 2 of 3) from Joe Schwen Over this last week as my emotions move from shock and disbelief to sadness, loss and grief, my head is flooded with memories of all the time we shared together. We got to be friends very quickly and would spend almost every day together usually on our vegetable farm out back of our house which was directly across the road from her house. One thing I think I remembered more clearly than her is the time when we were cleaning onions in the garden shed and she found a rotten one. Rather than grabbing it by the bulb (because it was very soft and very stinky) she grabbed it by the leaves to through it out into the field. Part way through her swing, before the release, the rotten brown paste that was the inside of the bulb slipped out of the outer peel and went right in my face. I had to scrape it off because it stuck like some kind of disgusting brown pudding. Onions have to be at least in the top three worst smelling vegetables when rotten. Jolene didnt seem to think it was so gross though she thought it was very funny. I know this because I can still recall that very memorable laugh of hers. In fact, that is one of the things that stands out a lot to me as I reflect on my memories of Jolene- she was a very cheerful person. She smiled and laughed a lot. I never knew her to struggle with depression, she wouldnt let things bring her down like that. She looked for the good in all things. She was also a very strong individual, not afraid of or ruled by other peoples opinions of her. She did what she knew was right and was kind to others- even others who didnt always treat her very nice (sadly I myself was sometimes one of those people). I was a witness myself to her amazing lack of pride and readiness to forgive those who had wronged her. Though she is not here today my appreciation for what kind of person she was way back even in grade school still grows today as I reflect on our friendship.

Joe Schwen Feb 1 2021 11:09 AM

(Part 1 of 3) from Joe Schwen I probably wouldnt even remember the first time I saw Jolene if it werent for her often retelling of the story to me as well as to other people who asked us how we had first met. The event was I suppose much more memorable from her perspective then it was from mine. She had just moved in next door to us and had come over with her brother Jason to meet us. I think my brother Jesse had invited them to come over because he knew them a little as Jolene and him were both in the fifth Grade. We did not live in an ordinary house, but an enormous two-story building built in 1913 with a general store on the first floor and a concert hall that we referred to as the big room on the second floor complete with a stage and seating for the concerts that we would have on the weekends in the winter months. The building had lots of other additions that had been built onto it over the many years as well as a barnyard out back full of all kinds of different animals that you would walk past on the way from their new home to ours. They had entered the building by the west side door and were standing at the bottom of the stairs that lead up to the big room waiting for Jesse. The stairway is five feet wide and there are 17 steps to get to the top. It is also a little dark in there because there is only one small window above the door at the bottom of the stairs. I was in seventh grade at the time and I remember that I had some of my friends from school over that day. We were eating breakfast in our living space which was an addition onto the east side of the big room. I needed to go get something from the store for our breakfast which meant leaving our living space, going through the big room, down the 17 stairs, and out to the front end of the first floor where the store was. It was kind of a long trip to go get something like another stick of butter mid meal so my brothers and I would often do it very quickly. When we were little we would put our sleeves over our hands, grab the railing, lift our feet and shoot down to the bottom of the stairs to avoid taking the steps. I was now thirteen years old and too tall to lift my feet high enough to clear the steps to slide so I would take the stairs in two leaps by just jumping off from the top at a run when in a hurry (which was the case this day), grabbing the railing on the way down and taking one more leap from one of the middle steps before getting to the 3x5 foot landing at the bottom. It was after the second leap that I noticed Jolene and Jason (crouched against the door shielding themselves with their arms) which gave me just enough time to correct my landing to be next to them and not on them. I said a Quick Hey!, walked through the door to the first floor where I saw Jesse and said to him theres a couple of kids at the bottom of the stairs, then went on to the store. I had no idea how good of friend that little eleven-year-old girl that I had scared half to death at the bottom of the stairs would become over the next eight years.

Joe Schwen Feb 1 2021 11:08 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jolene (Stein) Medeiros

Debra Barth Feb 1 2021 3:41 AM

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