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Lewis Kohn

Dec 01, 1933 - Sep 22, 2023

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Cadott, WI

Lewis E. Kohn, 89 of Cadott, WI. passed away Friday, Sept. 22nd, 2023 at Lake Hallie Memory Care. He was born on December 1st, 1933 to Ernest and Lois (Irons) Kohn. Lewis Kohn was united in marriage married to Tillie Ogle on April 7th, 1950. Lewis served in the US Army and later was employed as a Civil Engineer for the DOT at the Eau Claire office. Lewis is survived by his children; Son Harry Kohn; Daughter Dorothy Kohn; Grandchildren Amie (Ben) Neumaier, Taylor (Nicole) Kohn, Miranda Maestas an...Read More

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Clarence D. Collison

Feb 24, 1972 - Feb 04, 2024

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Cadott, WI

Clarence "Clancy" D. Collison passed away on Sunday, February 4th 2024 at his home. Clancy was born on February 24th, 1972 in Illinois. No services will be held.Express online condolences at www.bortonleiserfuneralhome.com.

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Bernadine Cathaleen Gilles Jackson

Mar 28, 1926 - Jan 30, 2024

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Cadott, WI

After 97 years, filled with unwavering faith, strength and love, Bernadine Cathaleen Gilles Jackson was called home on January 30, 2024. She passed peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family.Bernadine was born on March 28, 1926, on the family farm in Edson, outside of Cadott, Wisconsin. Her father, Joseph A. Gilles, was first generation German, while her mother, Bernice Paulson was born in Denmark. She and her twin brother Bernard were the fifth and sixth of eight children. She would tell the story of how a doctor had to be called to the home for their birth, and it cost $5 to deliver the twins.She attended Sherman School, a one-room schoolhouse for grades 1-8. Her mom valued all her daughters’ educations, and to continue schooling, Bernadine lived in Cadott (with her sisters) at various homes, so high school was within walking distance. She would come home on the weekends to help on the farm. To earn a little money, she picked beans, potatoes, garden weeds, and rocks in the field. She sewed her own clothes in high school.She graduated from Cadott High School in 1943, and went on to vocational school, riding the bus from Cadott to Eau Claire. At that time, she was staying with Kaisers, and paying $16 a month for room and board. Her first job was at Citizen’s State Bank in Cadott, starting at 30 cents an hour.Bernadine had met George Jackson when she was a senior in high school, and they started dating. Through George, she was introduced to baseball, and they spent much of their dating time at games. They married at 9:00 am Tuesday, May 15, 1945, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cadott (yes, on a Tuesday – rather than a Saturday, it was a common practice for weekday weddings to help insure people felt well enough for church on Sunday). May 15 was opening fishing day, and the story goes fishing lures were dangled and thrown, rather than rice, for the newlyweds.Bernadine and George started their life and family north of Cadott on the Jackson family farm, on the “River Road,” east of County EE. The work ethic and necessities of a farm life she grew up with were skills that translated into managing a household of 9 kids in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. You had to make a little of everything stretch. She always had a garden, canned what they could not eat, and was famous for her raspberry patch. An excellent cook and baker, and there was always enough food and sweet treats for anyone who stopped. She also learned to clean fish, out of necessity, to help feed the family, as George kept giving away fish because he didn’t want to clean them.The River Road was like a small community for the Jacksons, and they developed life-long friendships with many, including Truman and Donna Bourget, Walter and Ella Roth, Alphonse and Doris Lessard, Verna and Arnold Danielson, LaVern and Rita Roth, Ludger and Mary Jane Bourget, Sue and Dunc Roth, Clarence and Bessie Roth, and Pat and George Brown. A “card club” went on for years with many ladies from this group.St. Rose of Lima Church in Cadott was an important part of her life, and she served faithfully. Bernadine was president of St Anne’s society for 10 years, active in the Little Flower circle throughout her life, and always willing to help with funeral food (her raspberry desert was often requested).In fact, her signature raspberry desert was a request for “any dish to pass” party, including the Paulson family reunions in Holcombe, birthday parties, and Christmas. Later in life, her raspberry patch was bigger than her vegetable garden, and she sold berries along with making wine.She served as an election worker for the Township of Goetz for 60 years plus. Her last year was when she was 93. She was able to get there a bit easier when she got her driver’s license at the age of 47.She loved to sew, knit and crochet – and continued to make afghans until shortly before her death. Over the years, she made and gave away more than a thousand afghans. Quilts, afghans, scarves, and slippers were wedding, baby, birthday, and Christmas gifts.And then there was baseball. Bernadine grew to love baseball, and all seven of her boys played youth and high school ball and many went on to play with the Cadott Red Sox. George played and coached the Red Sox for many years. Bernadine was a Brewers and Twins fan.You don’t get to be 97 (almost 98) without some grit and resilience. Their farmhouse burned to the ground in 1966, and they lost every material possession. Two of her sons preceded her in death. Her dad died at a young age in a logging accident. She was always looking forward, grateful and thankful for everything they had.Bernadine is survived by her husband George (who is 100 years old and living at their farm house); her children Jim (Linda), Joe (Linda), Bill (Peggy), Mary Ann (John) Creaser, Tom (Sabrina), George Jr. (Jami), and Lori (Mike) Bruhn; 16 grandchildren: Jill (Mark) Bergh, Mike Jackson, Nate (Anna) Jackson, Tim (Julie) Jackson, Tracy (Jeremy) Goulet, Katie (Matt) Hedrington, Tony Jackson, Josh (Jenessa) Jackson, Amy Jackson, Mike Bruhn Jr. (Alantis Burish), Kelly (Chad) Pilgrim, Eric (April) Bruhn, Jake (Katie) Jackson, Cory (Audrey) Jackson, Elizabeth Jackson (Alex Mazur), and Sam Jackson; step grand-children Mitch Carlson and Rachel McCredden; and 16 great-grandchildren and 5 step-grandchildren.She is further survived by sisters Cecile Wahl (age 101, Washington) and Nila McQuary (age 93, Texas); sister-in law Ann Mosing; and daughters-in-law Nancy Jackson and Joan Jackson.She was preceded in death by her parents, her sons, Rob and Steve, and siblings Arlene Nelson, Marge Seffernick, and Howard, Bernard, and Joe.Special thanks and appreciation to the Chippewa Manor and St. Joseph hospice team for their excellent care, especially in the last few weeks of her life.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 7th, 2024 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 415 N. Maple St. Cadott, WI. with Father William Felix officiating.Interment will be in the Brooklawn Cemetery Cadott, WI.Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of Service Wednesday morning at the Church.Express online condolences at www.leiserfuneralhome.com

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Emery Anthony Sedlacek

Nov 19, 1928 - Jan 29, 2024

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Cadott, WI

Emery Anthony Sedlacek, 95 of Cadott, WI. passed away at home on January 29th, under the care of Interim Hospice.Emery was born at home in the Town of Arthur on November 19th, 1928 to Frank and Rose (Goodman) Sedlacek.He married Eleanor Hrdlicka on September 7th, 1954. They spent 69 years together raising their children on a Dairy farm.Earlier in his career he worked for Midwest Breeders, followed by becoming a fieldman for Fall Dairy until his retirement.His people person skills assisted him in serving on the Chippewa County Board from 1992-2012, he was also a charter member of the Knights of Columbus.His hobbies included bowling, golfing, trap shooting, playing fast pitch softball as well as coaching a fast pitch team for Crescent in his younger years and was instrumental in the construction of the Wagner Softball Field at Riverview Park in Cadott.After retirement he enjoyed fishing at Tuverson's Resort on the Flambeau flowage in Gordon, WI. He enjoyed teaching all the grandchildren how to fish, he himself couldn’t fish much during those times for he was busy fixing lines and putting on worms. He spent many hours enjoying football with his favorite teams being the Packers and The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.Emery is survived by his wife Eleanor of Cadott; Children Kathleen (Joe Miller) Sedlacek of Cadott, Julie (Keith) Duley of Merrill, Mark (Susan) Sedlacek of Chippewa Falls and Jean (Steve) Dressel of Cadott; Grandchildren Andrew, Joshua, Sarah, Christine, Scott, Mark Jr., Michael, Stephen, Katie and Emily; 23 great grandchildren and sisters Lorraine Wethern and Donna Hahn.He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Margaret, Rose Ann, Bernadine and Marcelline; brothers Raymond, Lawrence and Bernard.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, Feb 6th, 2024 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Drywood, WI with Father Eric Linzmaier officiating. Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.A Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM on Monday, February 5th, 2024 with a 7:00 PM Vigil Prayer Service at the Leiser Funeral Home Cadott, WI.Express online condolences at www.leiserfuneralhome.com

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Arlene Marie Falkenberg

May 28, 1935 - Jan 29, 2024

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Cadott, WI

Arlene Marie (Zaruba) Falkenberg, 88, lifelong resident of Cadott, passed away early on January 29, 2024, under the care of Mayo hospice and Home Instead home care services.Born on May 28, 1935 to Steve and Josephine (Koehler) Zaruba, she was blessed to have many roles as a wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother.Arlene graduated from Cadott high school in 1953. In 1960 she married Russell Falkenberg, Sr. Russ and Arlene spent their married life living in Cadott. She worked for many years preparing taxes for people in the area and enjoyed helping others with this challenging task.Arlene was a private and content person who was fiercely dedicated to her children. Her family and her beloved boxer dogs came first and were above all else to Arlene. She was a loyal fan and supporter of her children throughout their lives. Fond family memories were made at the family cabin in Ojibwa, WI. As the weather warmed up you could find Russ and Arlene spending quality time together floating down the river fishing for musky. Then in the fall Arlene would ride along with Russ while hunting grouse. When not enjoying time “up north,” Arlene was busy in one of her many flower or vegetable gardens, baking cookies or preparing the next best meal for her family.Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Russ, on June 22, 1998, parents, Steve and Josephine Zaruba; siblings, Joyce (Ed) Stanek, Betty Pelton, Ken Zaruba, and LaVerne (Ardis) Zaruba and Lois Zaruba in infancy.Arlene is survived by her children, Jan Luthy of Granbury, TX, Russ Falkenberg, Jr. of Cadott, Amy Falkenberg of Strum, WI, and Tami (Greg) Slowiak of Chippewa Falls, WI. Arlene’s surviving grandchildren are Vince and Wes Hall, Andrew Falkenberg, MacKenzie Falkenberg Elliott and Chloe Elliot, Zach (Riley) Slowiak and Zandy Slowiak. Great-grandchildren are Abby, Jay, Audrey, and Axel Hall, Asher Slowiak and soon to be, Baby Slowiak. Arlene is also survived by her brother Allen (Bonnie) Zaruba and sisters-in-law, Judy Zaruba and Sue (Gene) Beadell as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other close friends.Arlene’s children would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Home Instead for all the support, companionship and care rendered during her time at home. They made it possible for mom to be exactly where she wanted to be. Additionally, we offer our sincere thanks to Mayo Hospice as you made mom’s last days at home more comfortable up until her passing.A prayer service officiated by George Olinski will take place at Leiser’s Funeral Home on Sunday, February 4, at 2:00 p.m.The children of Arlene will greet friends and family at 1:00 p.m.Inurnment will be at a later date.In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Arlene’s name to Home Instead Senior Care - Eau Claire 848.

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Bernadine Cathaleen Gilles Jackson

Mar 28, 1926 - Jan 30, 2024

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Cadott, WI

After 97 years, filled with unwavering faith, strength and love, Bernadine Cathaleen Gilles Jackson was called home on January 30, 2024. She passed peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family.Bernadine was born on March 28, 1926, on the family farm in Edson, outside of Cadott, Wisconsin. Her father, Joseph A. Gilles, was first generation German, while her mother, Bernice Paulson was born in Denmark. She and her twin brother Bernard were the fifth and sixth of eight children. She would tell the story of how a doctor had to be called to the home for their birth, and it cost $5 to deliver the twins.She attended Sherman School, a one-room schoolhouse for grades 1-8. Her mom valued all her daughters’ educations, and to continue schooling, Bernadine lived in Cadott (with her sisters) at various homes, so high school was within walking distance. She would come home on the weekends to help on the farm. To earn a little money, she picked beans, potatoes, garden weeds, and rocks in the field. She sewed her own clothes in high school.She graduated from Cadott High School in 1943, and went on to vocational school, riding the bus from Cadott to Eau Claire. At that time, she was staying with Kaisers, and paying $16 a month for room and board. Her first job was at Citizen’s State Bank in Cadott, starting at 30 cents an hour.Bernadine had met George Jackson when she was a senior in high school, and they started dating. Through George, she was introduced to baseball, and they spent much of their dating time at games. They married at 9:00 am Tuesday, May 15, 1945, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cadott (yes, on a Tuesday – rather than a Saturday, it was a common practice for weekday weddings to help insure people felt well enough for church on Sunday). May 15 was opening fishing day, and the story goes fishing lures were dangled and thrown, rather than rice, for the newlyweds.Bernadine and George started their life and family north of Cadott on the Jackson family farm, on the “River Road,” east of County EE. The work ethic and necessities of a farm life she grew up with were skills that translated into managing a household of 9 kids in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. You had to make a little of everything stretch. She always had a garden, canned what they could not eat, and was famous for her raspberry patch. An excellent cook and baker, and there was always enough food and sweet treats for anyone who stopped. She also learned to clean fish, out of necessity, to help feed the family, as George kept giving away fish because he didn’t want to clean them.The River Road was like a small community for the Jacksons, and they developed life-long friendships with many, including Truman and Donna Bourget, Walter and Ella Roth, Alphonse and Doris Lessard, Verna and Arnold Danielson, LaVern and Rita Roth, Ludger and Mary Jane Bourget, Sue and Dunc Roth, Clarence and Bessie Roth, and Pat and George Brown. A “card club” went on for years with many ladies from this group.St. Rose of Lima Church in Cadott was an important part of her life, and she served faithfully. Bernadine was president of St Anne’s society for 10 years, active in the Little Flower circle throughout her life, and always willing to help with funeral food (her raspberry desert was often requested).In fact, her signature raspberry desert was a request for “any dish to pass” party, including the Paulson family reunions in Holcombe, birthday parties, and Christmas. Later in life, her raspberry patch was bigger than her vegetable garden, and she sold berries along with making wine.She served as an election worker for the Township of Goetz for 60 years plus. Her last year was when she was 93. She was able to get there a bit easier when she got her driver’s license at the age of 47.She loved to sew, knit and crochet – and continued to make afghans until shortly before her death. Over the years, she made and gave away more than a thousand afghans. Quilts, afghans, scarves, and slippers were wedding, baby, birthday, and Christmas gifts.And then there was baseball. Bernadine grew to love baseball, and all seven of her boys played youth and high school ball and many went on to play with the Cadott Red Sox. George played and coached the Red Sox for many years. Bernadine was a Brewers and Twins fan.You don’t get to be 97 (almost 98) without some grit and resilience. Their farmhouse burned to the ground in 1966, and they lost every material possession. Two of her sons preceded her in death. Her dad died at a young age in a logging accident. She was always looking forward, grateful and thankful for everything they had.Bernadine is survived by her husband George (who is 100 years old and living at their farm house); her children Jim (Linda), Joe (Linda), Bill (Peggy), Mary Ann (John) Creaser, Tom (Sabrina), George Jr. (Jami), and Lori (Mike) Bruhn; 16 grandchildren: Jill (Mark) Bergh, Mike Jackson, Nate (Anna) Jackson, Tim (Julie) Jackson, Tracy (Jeremy) Goulet, Katie (Matt) Hedrington, Tony Jackson, Josh (Jenessa) Jackson, Amy Jackson, Mike Bruhn Jr. (Alantis Burish), Kelly (Chad) Pilgrim, Eric (April) Bruhn, Jake (Katie) Jackson, Cory (Audrey) Jackson, Elizabeth Jackson (Alex Mazur), and Sam Jackson; step grand-children Mitch Carlson and Rachel McCredden; and 16 great-grandchildren and 5 step-grandchildren.She is further survived by sisters Cecile Wahl (age 101, Washington) and Nila McQuary (age 93, Texas); sister-in law Ann Mosing; and daughters-in-law Nancy Jackson and Joan Jackson.She was preceded in death by her parents, her sons, Rob and Steve, and siblings Arlene Nelson, Marge Seffernick, and Howard, Bernard, and Joe.Special thanks and appreciation to the Chippewa Manor and St. Joseph hospice team for their excellent care, especially in the last few weeks of her life.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 7th, 2024 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 415 N. Maple St. Cadott, WI. with Father William Felix officiating.Interment will be in the Brooklawn Cemetery Cadott, WI.Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of Service Wednesday morning at the Church.Express online condolences at www.leiserfuneralhome.com

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Emery Anthony Sedlacek

Nov 19, 1928 - Jan 29, 2024

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Emery Anthony Sedlacek, 95 of Cadott, WI. passed away at home on January 29th, under the care of Interim Hospice.Emery was born at home in the Town of Arthur on November 19th, 1928 to Frank and Rose (Goodman) Sedlacek.He married Eleanor Hrdlicka on September 7th, 1954. They spent 69 years together raising their children on a Dairy farm.Earlier in his career he worked for Midwest Breeders, followed by becoming a fieldman for Fall Dairy until his retirement.His people person skills assisted him in serving on the Chippewa County Board from 1992-2012, he was also a charter member of the Knights of Columbus.His hobbies included bowling, golfing, trap shooting, playing fast pitch softball as well as coaching a fast pitch team for Crescent in his younger years and was instrumental in the construction of the Wagner Softball Field at Riverview Park in Cadott.After retirement he enjoyed fishing at Tuverson's Resort on the Flambeau flowage in Gordon, WI. He enjoyed teaching all the grandchildren how to fish, he himself couldn’t fish much during those times for he was busy fixing lines and putting on worms. He spent many hours enjoying football with his favorite teams being the Packers and The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.Emery is survived by his wife Eleanor of Cadott; Children Kathleen (Joe Miller) Sedlacek of Cadott, Julie (Keith) Duley of Merrill, Mark (Susan) Sedlacek of Chippewa Falls and Jean (Steve) Dressel of Cadott; Grandchildren Andrew, Joshua, Sarah, Christine, Scott, Mark Jr., Michael, Stephen, Katie and Emily; 23 great grandchildren and sisters Lorraine Wethern and Donna Hahn.He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Margaret, Rose Ann, Bernadine and Marcelline; brothers Raymond, Lawrence and Bernard.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, Feb 6th, 2024 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Drywood, WI with Father Eric Linzmaier officiating. Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.A Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM on Monday, February 5th, 2024 with a 7:00 PM Vigil Prayer Service at the Leiser Funeral Home Cadott, WI.Express online condolences at www.leiserfuneralhome.com

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Arlene Marie Falkenberg

May 28, 1935 - Jan 29, 2024

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Cadott, WI

Arlene Marie (Zaruba) Falkenberg, 88, lifelong resident of Cadott, passed away early on January 29, 2024, under the care of Mayo hospice and Home Instead home care services.Born on May 28, 1935 to Steve and Josephine (Koehler) Zaruba, she was blessed to have many roles as a wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother.Arlene graduated from Cadott high school in 1953. In 1960 she married Russell Falkenberg, Sr. Russ and Arlene spent their married life living in Cadott. She worked for many years preparing taxes for people in the area and enjoyed helping others with this challenging task.Arlene was a private and content person who was fiercely dedicated to her children. Her family and her beloved boxer dogs came first and were above all else to Arlene. She was a loyal fan and supporter of her children throughout their lives. Fond family memories were made at the family cabin in Ojibwa, WI. As the weather warmed up you could find Russ and Arlene spending quality time together floating down the river fishing for musky. Then in the fall Arlene would ride along with Russ while hunting grouse. When not enjoying time “up north,” Arlene was busy in one of her many flower or vegetable gardens, baking cookies or preparing the next best meal for her family.Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Russ, on June 22, 1998, parents, Steve and Josephine Zaruba; siblings, Joyce (Ed) Stanek, Betty Pelton, Ken Zaruba, and LaVerne (Ardis) Zaruba and Lois Zaruba in infancy.Arlene is survived by her children, Jan Luthy of Granbury, TX, Russ Falkenberg, Jr. of Cadott, Amy Falkenberg of Strum, WI, and Tami (Greg) Slowiak of Chippewa Falls, WI. Arlene’s surviving grandchildren are Vince and Wes Hall, Andrew Falkenberg, MacKenzie Falkenberg Elliott and Chloe Elliot, Zach (Riley) Slowiak and Zandy Slowiak. Great-grandchildren are Abby, Jay, Audrey, and Axel Hall, Asher Slowiak and soon to be, Baby Slowiak. Arlene is also survived by her brother Allen (Bonnie) Zaruba and sisters-in-law, Judy Zaruba and Sue (Gene) Beadell as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other close friends.Arlene’s children would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Home Instead for all the support, companionship and care rendered during her time at home. They made it possible for mom to be exactly where she wanted to be. Additionally, we offer our sincere thanks to Mayo Hospice as you made mom’s last days at home more comfortable up until her passing.A prayer service officiated by George Olinski will take place at Leiser’s Funeral Home on Sunday, February 4, at 2:00 p.m.The children of Arlene will greet friends and family at 1:00 p.m.Inurnment will be at a later date.In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Arlene’s name to Home Instead Senior Care - Eau Claire 848.

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Thomas L. Kittel

Jun 17, 1953 - Dec 22, 2023

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Cadott, WI

Thomas L. Kittel, 70, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2023 in Cadott, WI. He was born in Wausau, WI on June 17, 1953, to the late Walter and Marie (Pietrowski) Kittel. He loved animals and babies and his face lit up with a smile. He was a very gentle soul and had an infectious laugh. He is survived by his siblings, Roger Kittle, Shelia (Dennis) Czerwinski, Russell Kittle, Gary (Beth) Kittle, Linda (Scott) Gray, Cheryl (David) Berg, and Lori Gettig. Tommy also leaves 12 nieces and nephews and 8 grand nieces and nephews, along with extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Marie Kittel and a brother Michael Kittle and a brother-in-law Scott Gray. A memorial service celebrating Tommy's life will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at 11:00 AM at the Restlawn Memorial Park Chapel. Burial will follow. Tommy's family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of REM Wisconsin, Riverview 5 for the love and care given to him.

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Gloria S. Schwetz

Feb 03, 1934 - Jan 03, 2024

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Cadott, WI

Gloria S. Schwetz 89 of Cadott, WI. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024 at the Chippewa Manor Nursing Home.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 10th, 2024 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Cadott, WI. with Father William Felix officiating. Interment will be in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Town of Sigel,A Visitation will be from 9:00am-11:00am on Wednesday morning at the Church.

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Judy Taylor

Apr 07, 1944 - Dec 19, 2023

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Cadott, WI

Judy Ann Taylor nee Walters was born on April 7, 1944. According to family lore, she was born at home during an early spring blizzard that left her parents, Rayland and Marie, stranded, unable to leave their home. Judy's life began from the comforts of home, and as her life unfolded, she never wandered too far from that home. Judy, aged 79, died on December 19, 2023, surrounded by her family after a short, aggressive bout with cancer. Family, from the beginning until the end, was the pinnacle of her existence. Raised in a family of five children, including an older sister (Sharon), two younger twin-sisters (Kay and Rae) and a younger brother (Peter). Judy lived with her family in downtown Holcombe. A scion of the fun-loving Walters family - her folks were known throughout the area for their local supper club (Ray's) and lumber mill. A 1962 graduate of Lake Holcombe High School, Judy assumed many of the notable characteristics of her parents, Rayland and Marie. It was well-known, for example, that Judy had Ray's infectious laugh and Marie's taste for Polish food. No one knows the exact time or date (or at least no one has come forth to admit the actual series of events) but sometime during those high school years, Judy met the man who would become her husband, Joe. It is fair to say Joe was the love of her life, but that type of flowery language is not often expressed in any Walters or Taylor household, so it will be left that they fell in love and were married for exactly 50 years, until Joe's untimely passing in May 2015. After living with her sister Sharon in Chicago for a time after graduation, Judy conveniently, and some would say, rather quickly, found her way back to Holcombe where she married Joe on May 15, 1965. Judy and Joe moved to the Taylor family farm, on the western banks of the Holcombe Flowage, some seven miles from the Walters' home in downtown Holcombe. It is quite possible that Judy would have sworn off marriage to Joe if she knew just what she was getting herself into when she arrived with her belongings at Rural Route 2 in Birch Creek in the late spring of '65. As it seems, Judy's nuptial arrangements not only included Joe, but an entire family of Taylors - Joe's parents, Leo and Irene, and Joe's older brothers, Bob and John. The newlyweds, along with their first in what would be a rotating series of dogs named Wyatt Earp, lived right across the driveway from Joe's family. Eventually the dog names would transition from Western outlaws to vice presidents (Spiro) and Packer greats (Ezra and Reggie). Regardless of the name, there was always a dog - or three. From the get-go, Judy and Joe held that farm together. Joe worked night and day, so his brothers could pursue other career paths and eventually move to Eau Claire, And, while Leo and eventually Irene's health declined, Judy was always their designated driver. And drive she did: Not a week would go by when Judy would take Leo to a doctor's appointment or Irene to Lowell's in Cornell for some grocery shopping. In addition to her prowess as a designated driver, she mastered a range of farm-hand skills, including driving-tractor, washing-milkers and cooking for large groups of people including bearded, city-folk cousins and friends who would show up from downstate every year in late November wearing blaze orange and carrying guns. Down the road, one of them (Jay and his wife, Linda) became a steady and helpful presence in Judy's life. Yes, as previously mentioned, there were plenty of dogs, but over the course of ten years, from 1966 to 1975, the dogs were slowly overtaken by five kids. First Brian, then Jill, then Tom, then Mitch and finally, Joell. Two parents, five kids and several dogs - all cozily ensconced in a double-wide trailer. From about 1973, when Brian entered kindergarten, until Joell graduated from LHHS in 1993, it's a safe bet that Judy logged more hours at school-related events than any other person in the district. There was little league baseball, Cub scouts, Brownies, Baton twirling, and piano lessons. There was early morning junior high basketball practice and eventually all the varsity sports including football and volleyball. Won or lose, home or away, there was one sure thing at these events: Judy was the loudest fan. Her voice could piece the most raucous crowd, embarrassing whichever child happened to be participating. During her child-raising years, one might think, especially after reading the above paragraph, that Judy was obsessed with sports. Yes, of course, she cheered just as loudly on Sunday for the Packers as she did at any high school game. But before we leave these years behind, it must be said that Judy, maybe because she's played the alto saxophone, demanded that her children learn to play a musical instrument (a trait she probably inherited from her mother, Marie, who was an infamous taskmaster) and that they get good grades so they could go to college. Both these requirements, I am happy to report, were fulfilled by all her children. Remarkably four of her children went to college and all of them became teachers. Joell in Fall Creek, Mitch in Suring, WI, Jill in Burlington, WI and Brian at the University of Wisconsin as an adjunct professor. It also must be noted that Judy devoted most of her adult life to her son, Tom. Nearly inseparably for more than 50 years, Judy made sure Tom was always included in everything. There is a special place in the Great Beyond for the role she played in Tom's life. Besides raising five children and working with Joe full-time on the farm, Judy spent her free time on a range of interesting, community-minded activities. She was a county election clerk for almost 40 years, on the Birch Creek Town Board, a member of the Holcombe Women's Club, the Holcombe Methodist Church and eventually involved with the Cornell VFW. Often in tow with her great friend, Norma, she loved to make trips to Cornell, Ladysmith, Chippewa and if she could bear the traffic, Eau Claire. She also worked several years at Paradise Shores and occasionally at the Holcombe school. Amazingly creative, for many years, Judy tool an active part in crocheting, basketweaving, pottery and other artistic activities, proudly displaying many of her projects in her yard and in her home. And it seemed she and Sue Crank were constantly planning the next reunion for the Class of 1962. Some say to live a full life you must travel the globe, experience a lot of cultures; the whole "The World is Your Oyster" thing. Judy bucked that trend. Even though she managed to travel to several places like Milwaukee for many Brewer games, Minneapolis for three bar mitzvahs - even Mexico, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Nashville, in her later years, following Joe's passing, Judy's "oyster" were the county roads between Holcombe and Fall Creek, where she (along with Tom of course) was able to rekindle her love for school sports by watching two of her grandchildren (Taylor and Jenna) compete in a range of activities. It's remarkable, extraordinary really, just how many lives you impact when you live in the same place for almost 80 years. Judy leaves behind a list of friends too numerous to mention, several cousins, and given that she had five kids, a wealth of grandchildren. That cast of characters includes Brian and Rebecca (Goldberg) and their sons, Max, Jacob and Ben in Golden Valley, MN. Jill and Bryan Hanson and their daughters Mackenzie and Ellie in Elm Grove, WI. Mitch and Kim Taylor and their children, Leo and Lilly in Gillet, WI. Joell and Terry Anders and their children Taylor and Jenna in Fall Creek, WI. And of course, Tom. She is preceded in death by her parents, Rayland and Marie, her sister Sharon and her husband, Joe. May her memory be a blessing and live on in the stories her family and friends continue to share when they get together for holiday parties (Christmas was always her favorite - it was easy to tell when you drove by the farm and saw that giant, lit Santa), Friday fish fries or just driving in the car to get groceries, buy another ball of twine at Farm and Fleet or to yet another sporting event where she could cheer her (grand)kids onto victory. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024 at 6pm at Borton-Leiser Funeral Home, 220 S 7th Street in Cornell, WI with Pastor Greg Sima Officiating. Visitation will begin at 3pm and go until the start of service at 6pm at the funeral home. Express online condolences at www. bortonleiserfuneralhome. comBorton-Leiser Funeral Home and Cremation services in Cornell, WI is assisting the family.

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