A Story About Ann Wheeler

December 1st, 2015 by

A Story About Ann Wheeler
Mary Jo Wheeler-Schueller & Daniel Wheeler

Ann was born August 8, 1947 in Medford, WI to Joe and Lucille (Lewer) Pernsteiner. The family moved to Granton, WI when Ann was five. She attended Merryvale School, St. Anthony’s School, and graduated from Granton High School in 1965. Shortly thereafter she started her highly successful career at Wheelers Chevrolet as a filing clerk. She fell in love with Dan Wheeler and they married on December 21, 1972. The dream team was created and Wheelers Chevrolet had a matriarch in the making. She became the Dealer in 1987, a pioneer in the automotive industry. Ann was one of only a handful of female dealers in the whole United States.

Ann was a visionary, automotive pioneer, and highly-respected member of the General Motors dealership family. She grew Wheelers Chevrolet-GMC from one dealership, that she and her husband worked at together until his passing in 2002, in Marshfield to four dealerships throughout Central Wisconsin. Ann later founded Wheelers Auto Repair and Tire Center located in Marshfield, as well as Wheelers Chevrolet of Medford, Wheelers Chevrolet of Wisconsin Rapids and Wheelers Buick GMC of Wisconsin Rapids. Her leadership was evident and instrumental in creating an organization that thrives on a values-driven culture and a steadfast commitment to customer service, and where all share in its success. She was a very strong and independent woman who was passionate about what she did. She knew with hard work, determination, and a little elbow grease, a person could do anything. Ann and Dan had two children, Mary Jo E. Wheeler-Schueller and Daniel W. Wheeler. The family worked together, running all stores of the Wheeler Family Auto Group until March 22nd, 2017, when she was taken too soon.

Ann loved working at the dealership with her children on a day to day basis. She thoroughly enjoyed her employees and customers and appreciated seeing them every day. The newest location in Wisconsin Rapids gave her an extra skip in her step, as the new building is currently underway. Although she didn’t have much free time, Ann loved to cook for her family and participate in pot lucks at work. She was a wonderful cook. She loved to go home at lunch, feed her birds and wildlife, take care of her plants, and mow her lawn.

“Ann would like to let you know that her work here is done. She received a call, a sort of offer you cannot refuse, for an appointment from which she will not be returning. This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus; she will finally be getting paid. A reunion with the love of her life, Dan and other family and friends she has not seen in such a long time. Job security is exactly 110 percent. Her new mission takes her to a wonderful place where she will be cooking, selling cars, gardening and reading to her heart’s content. Music, laughter and love are guaranteed. Food is delicious and you never gain an ounce. She left detailed instructions for her children to celebrate her mission here, which has now been completed. Low adherence to this instruction will not be tolerated. God speed.”

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