|11/26/2013 3:13:00 PM|
Laura "Jean" Walczak, age 73, of Birchwood, died Monday, November 18, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, WI. Laura "Jean" Walczak was born on February 19, 1940 in Hayward, WI, the daughter of Delbert and Frances (White) Van Gilder Sr.
She grew up in Birchwood, then moved to Chicago after high school. Jean then returned to the
Couderay/Birchwood area where she spent her life.
She worked as a waitress for area restaurants in Birchwood. Jean was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She loved to do crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles, play Scrabble and cards, bake and occasionally visit the casino. Jean always had the coffee pot on and some delicious baked goods for all who stopped by.
She was quick witted, had a great laugh and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her son, Ritchie (Malinda) Brown; daughter, Pam (Dan) Jeske; step-sons, John (Chris) Walczak, Jim (Leslie) Walczak, Jerry (Frances) Walczak, Mike (Amy) Walczak and Dan (Sandy) Walczak; 19 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; brothers, Jim (Bonnie) Van Gilder, Delbert (Millie) Van Gilder Jr. and Jerry Van Gilder; sister, Betty (Mark) Amundson; and many nephews and nieces. Jean was especially close to her niece, Rose Chafer. Rose was not only family but a best friend.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Walczak; son, Kevin "Pete" Brown; step-sons, Joseph and Jeffrey Walczak; brothers, Robert and William Van Gilder; and sister, Dorothy Skar.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, November 21 at Pineview Funeral Service in Hayward, with Rev. Timothy Young officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Couderay.
Honorary casket bearers were Craig Skar and Russell Van Gilder. Casket bearers were Todd Chafer, Scott Frey, Scott Spaeth, Barry Van Gilder, Paul Van Gilder and Rocky Van Gilder.
Online condolences can be made at pineviewfuner
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