Catherine “Kutch” Brenner

Catherine “Kutch” Brenner, 90, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

Catherine “Kutch” Brenner, 90, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at the Chippewa Manor Nursing Home, under the care of St. Joseph’s Hospice.

Catherine was born May 29, 1927, in Arcadia, the daughter of George and Margaret (Zeller) Abts.

She married Orville Brenner  Oct. 7, 1947, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Arcadia. They farmed in Elk Mound and the Town of Ruby, and settled in Cadott, where she was a cook for 19 years at St. Joseph Catholic School. 

Catherine was a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish. She sang in the choir for many years, and was a member of the Happy Wanders, St. Anne’s and St. Helen’s circles.

Kutch enjoyed fishing, golfing, square dancing, and knitting hats and mittens each year for the mitten tree in Cadott. She and Orville enjoyed many winters in Winter Haven, Fla. 

She is survived by her husband of 70 years – Orville; children – Rodney (Nanna), Winter, Karlene (John) Lee, Holcombe, Lou Ann (Ned) Willkom, Cadott, Patricia (Ronald) Pozarski, Burnsville, Minn., and Lori (Roger) Zumbrock, Chippewa Falls; sisters – Carmen VerHagen, Mary Lou Sobotta and Jane Abts; brothers – Eugene Abts, William Abts and Daniel Abts; 16 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter – Charlotte Goodman; sisters – Moraine Suchla, Dawn Kostner, Marjore  Rumpel and Evelyn Laehn; and brother – Melvin Abts. 

A service of christian burial was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cadott, with Deacon Ned Willkom officiating. Interment followed the service at the St. Rose Cemetery in the Town of Sigel.

Visitation was from 9-11 a.m., Saturday morning, at the church.

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Leiser Funeral Home in Cadott is serving the family.

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