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Catherine Klescewski

Catherine Klescewski

Thursday, October 30th, 1930 Thursday, April 30th, 2020

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Obituary for Catherine R. Klescewski (Wastak)

Catherine R. (Wastak) Klescewski, affectionately known as “Mrs. K” & “Grandma K”, 89, of Armstrong Creek, Wis., passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020.

She was born October 30, 1930, in Cicero, Illinois, daughter of the late Andrew and Josephine (Bajorinas) Wastak. Catherine grew up in Cicero and graduated from St. Anthony’s High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Loyola University, and later her Bachelor of Science in Health and Masters in Nursing. As a young, registered nurse, she worked at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where she received a “Letter of Reference” from one of the Mayo Brothers. Catherine was united in marriage to Chester Klescewski on November 10, 1956 in Cicero, Illinois. During their marriage, they traveled extensively through Europe, living in Germany for a period of time. In 1966 they settled in Beloit, WI, where Catherine worked at Beloit Memorial Hospital. Chester and Catherine retired to Armstrong Creek, WI in 1991, making this their final home. Chester preceded her in death on April 25, 2001.

Catherine enjoyed traveling, crocheting, fishing, hunting, and especially time spent with her family and friends. She also enjoyed eating pizza and painting one fingernail for each win of the Green Bay Packers during football season. Catherine stayed in touch with the many friends she had made over the years, by writing letters and calling frequently. She had a special place in her heart for veterans and served as past president of the VFW Auxiliary and on the D.A.V. Auxiliary Board. Catherine served on the Goodman-Armstrong Creek School Board.

Survivors include her daughter, Josephine (Ted) Diedrich, and their children, Michael (Karen) Diedrich, Paul (Heidi) Diedrich, Kathryn (Ryan) Letsch, and Jennifer Diedrich; her son, Chester Klescewski Jr. and his children, Diane (John) Williams, Chester (Britney) Klescewski III, Raquel (David) Klescewski, and two great-grandchildren, Sophia Williams and Kali Diedrich; her sibling, Sr. Grace Carol Wastak; her nephew, Andrew Wastak III, and several other special nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband Chet, Catherine was preceded in death by her brother, Andrew Wastak.

Private funeral ceremonies will be held with Fr. Timothy Brandt to officiate. Final resting place will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Armstrong Creek. Because of the current situation, a Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

You may leave a condolence or tribute for Catherine’s family online at www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com.

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Iron Mountain, Mich., to honor Catherine’s legacy of life.

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Private funeral ceremonies will be held with Fr. Timothy Brandt to officiate. Final resting place will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Armstrong Creek. Because of the current situation, a Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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Jane Jones

I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I enjoyed many chats with her through the years. I remember you kids all playing together on Oat St. I remember then Debbie broke her wrist falling out of a tree in your back yard. See lived a long and fruitful life. Please know that I am thinking of you. Jane Arn Jones.
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Jo diedrich

Thank you Jane. Our neighborhood and the times we shared with your family hold dear memories.
Posted at 10:46am
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Barbara Braun

Catherine (Grandma K for our kids) was a beautiful and loving soul who took time to really listen to you and make you feel so very special. She would love to tell about days gone by and that was always a treasure. Our memories of her and Chet up at Fort McCoy are priceless and cherished by our families. We would pile in one of our vehicles and drive to the PX and shop around (always such interesting stuff there and cheap!) We would inevitably need more beverages lol. Another memory is of all of us looking for deer around sundown driving through the Base. Catherine loved to cook her yummy breakfasts and we'd eat around the fire pit. Of course there was her SOS! Also, had such a fond memory of visiting her beloved home in Armstrong Creek. It was a lil slice of heaven and is so understandable why they loved it up there so much. So much land and space! We will miss you so Catherine and will be having a cherry bomb in your honor on Christmas Eve as we all did together last year (that was a blast and you were quite the trooper to try it!) Know you will be so missed by your family, friends, neighbors and loved ones, but you're in a better place with your Chet. Say hi to your old gambling pal Dee Braun! Hugs from The Braun and Kubis families.
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