Katherine E. Westfall, 83, Merrill, died Friday, July 1, 2011 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Katherine was born March 9, 1918 in Athens (town of Bern), daughter of the late Rudolph and Helen (Weiler) Schreiner. She married Gordon Westfall on June 28, 1947 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens. He preceded her in death on August 10, 2002.
Gordon and Katie owned and operated Westfall's Bar for 48 years. They also farmed and she worked at the Fromm Brothers. Katie enjoyed gardening, canning, shooting pool, fishing, going to the cottage up north, going to the fair and the opportunity to travel with her daughters on the "all girls" trips. Katie was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, that always put others first. She was a mother-in-law everyone would wish for and someone you could admire. Her family provided her with great joy and she provided them with a blessing of never ending love. She will be missed by all.
Katie is survived by one son, John (Jean) Westfall; five daughters, Judy (Richard) Ashbrenner, Merrill, Gerri (Larry) Natzke, Eau Claire, Carol (James) Berndt, Merrill, Irene (David) Mroczenski, Marathon and LuAnn (Mark) Schneider, Hamburg; 12 grandchildren, Cheryl (Frank) Lencz, Richie (Julia) Ashbrenner, Joseph (Ajay) Westfall, Nicole (David) Kornesczuk, Chris (Sunshine) Berndt, Thomas (Laura) Westfall, Matt (Amanda) Mroczenski, Jeff Natzke, Deanna (fiance' Chris Chapman) Mroczenski, Melissa (Joe) Pregler, Brittney Schneider and Brooke Schneider; 15 great grandchildren, Ashley Raddatz, Stpehen Lencz, Kennedy Berndt, Braeden Lencz, Caroline Mroczenski, Amber Kornesczuk, Lydia Ashbrenner, Brianna Lencz, Isabel Mroczenski, Liberty Berndt, Jordan Pregler, Maria Ashbrenner, Chayce Westfall, John Mroczenski and Alayna Lencz; three brothers, Frank (Iris) Schreiner, Clarence (Dottie) Schreiner and Andy (Lolly) Schreier; and three sisters, Marie Hein, Ceil (Warren) Bartelt and Gloria (Steve) Brodziski.
The funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens. The Very Reverend Charles Hiebl will preside. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Athens. Friends may call Monday from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens and again on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. There will be a rosary service at 7:45 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Francis Catholic Church, Merrill.
Online condolences at www.petersonkraemer.com