Jean V. Wisnewski, 86, Edgar, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at her home.
She was born on July 17, 1933, in Wausau, daughter of the late Norman and Loma (Strei) Rusch and is survived by her son, Lyonel Wisnewski; her brother, Gary (Joan) Rusch; her grandchildren: Seth (Sandi) Dahlke, Erin (Brent) Speetzen, Anthony Wisnewski; and Jean’s five great-grandchildren: Braeden Dahlke, Caleb Dahlke, Blake Speetzen, Ginny Speetzen and Autumn Speetzen. Jean is further survived by her sisters-in-law: Lorraine Nowicki, Jane Rusch, Lorraine Rusch and Mary Karlen; as well as her special friend and cousin, Betty Imhoff. She is survived and fondly remembered by many other relatives and friends.
On May 29, 1954, she married Donald Wisnewski at Holy Family Catholic Church, Poniatowski, after which Donald and Jean soon started a family and continued to live and create a home in the Poniatowski community. Donald preceded Jean in death on June 29, 2015, which was a loss she felt deeply until her own passing into God’s loving embrace.
Jean was also preceded in death by two of her three children: daughter, Brenda Dahlke, and son, Darrell Wisnewski; her brothers: Thomas, Cyrus and LeRoy Rusch; as well as an infant sister, Bonnie Rusch.
For many years Jean worked outside the home at Marathon Electric and Marathon Cheese. Jean and Donald also raised ginseng for many years as a family business with their children. When not working they enjoyed traveling and cherished the time they spent together in Alaska, Hawaii and Germany. Some of Jean’s favorite pastimes later in life were praying, cross stitching and baking. Jean was known to be a great cook and made the best apple bars around. She also treasured her time spent taking trips with dear friends and spending special moments with her great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home in Edgar; after which there was a parish rosary service at 7 p.m.
Visitation was also available on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. until the funeral Mass at noon, on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Poniatowski. The Rev. Thomas Huff presided. Burial followed immediately in the parish cemetery.
Friends and family were cordially invited to all services.