Obit: Koranda, Reta D. (1926 - 2013)

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Surnames: Koranda, Walker, Flick, Tibbett, Hunt, Diercks, Stacy, Sentek

----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, WI) 06 Nov 2013

Koranda, Reta D. (26 MAY 1926 - 3 NOV 2013)

Reta D. Koranda, 87, of Neillsville, WI died on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Reta Dale Walker was born on May 16, 1926 in Fairchild, WI the daughter of Wesley and Jessie (Flick) Walker. She attended Humbird Public School's graduating in 1944. Reta went to work for a clothing factory in Wisconsin Rapids sewing wool khaki overcoats for the United States Army. She then worked at the Winnebago Indian School as a Girl's Matron. On Sept 21, 1946 she was united in marriage to Jerry J. Koranda who was stationed in Korea serving with the United States Army. Reta remained employed at the Indian School until Jerry's return in November of 1947. They moved to Wisconsin Rapids where Reta worked at Jerrold's ready to wear store. They later returned to Neillsville and farmed with Jerry's parents. Reta was employed at the Memorial Medical Center for 40 years as a nursing assistant and physical therapy technician until her retirement. Reta also did a lot of babysitting and was employed with Gemini Leasing Program for one year. Her hobby was her life and she lived it to the fullest. Her passion was caring for others where ever needed especially her grandsons and great grandsons.

She is survived by a daughter, Rosalie (Thomas) Tibbett of Neillsville, a foster daughter, Rosetta Hunt of Minnesota, two grandsons, Jason Tibbett and his children, Chase Edward and Rydge Robert Tibbett of Humbird and Phillip (Jessie) Tibbett and their child, Kayden Tibbettt of Belgium, WI. She is further survived by a sister, Nita Diercks of Vesper and sisters-in-law, Edna Walker, Charlene Walker and Margaret Walker, many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and co-workers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a foster daughter, Anita Stacy, 7 brothers, Ralph, Melvin, Orville, Bervil, Manley, Clifford and Seth and 3 sisters, Wanda in infancy, Zora Sentek and Charlotte Durham.

A Memorial Service will be held for Reta at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 11, 2013 at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville. Pastor Jacoba Koppert will officiate. Providing music will be Eileen Zank, organist. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, November 10, 2013 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville and again Monday morning from 10 to 11 a.m., at the United Church of Christ. Interment of cremains will be in Dells Dam Cemetery.

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The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Reta's family with Funeral arrangements.



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