Christie F. Bloom, 86, Marathon, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, surrounded by his loved ones under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
He was born Sept. 14, 1932, in Wausau, son of the late Harvey Bloom and Henrietta (Voelkman) Volm. On May 16, 1956, he married Geraldine Lemanski at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, town of Cassel.
He worked at White House Milk Company in Marathon until it closed. Christie then worked at Foremost Foods in Rothschild until he retired in 1996. He was well known in the ginseng community as the “barrel man” selling barrels to ginseng growers. He also grew ginseng.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter, passing all his skills onto his grandkids and great-grandchildren. He always enjoyed looking out his back yard watching all the deer, turkeys and birds which he kept well fed with all his feeders. A special hobby of making maple syrup was shared with his family and friends throughout his life.
Christie proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a continuous member of the American Legion Post 469 for over 55 years.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Bloom, Marathon; his children, Kathleen (Wayne) Busse, Marathon, Steven (Robin) Bloom, Marathon and Camille (Dean) Schafer, St. Paul, Minn.; his grandchildren, Aaron (Dana) Busse, Marathon, Andy (Kelly) Bloom, Glendale, Amy (Julio) Cruz, Marathon and Benjamin and Violet Schafer, both of St. Paul, Minn.; five great-grandchildren, Marcos Cruz, Ava Busse, Owen Busse, Andres Cruz and Avery Bloom; his brothers, Tom (Marilyn) Volm and Charlie (Sharon) Volm; his sister, Tillie Hugley; sister-in-law, Ursula (Bill) Volm; and many extended family and friends.
Christie was preceded in death by his father, Harvey; his mother, Henrietta; his step-father, Nicholas Volm; his brother, Nicholas Volm; brother, Bill Volm; sister, Nancy Lang; mother and father-in-law, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law.
The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Christie. A special thank you to Mary M.
Christie’s family would also like to express a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Stoffel, Dr. Bocoun and Barb at Aspirus Pulmonary for all the support and care given over the years.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Marathon. The Rev. Msgr. Joseph Diermeier will preside. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon, and again on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. There will be a parish rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Marathon funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to St. Mary’s School, St Mary’s Church, or St. Anthony Spirituality Center.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.