Obit: Lukas, Harriet A. "Hattie" #2 (1913 - 2011)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon



Surnames: Lukas, Starolec, Filipowicz, Bennington, Blake, Jones, Cherney, Jackson, Osby


----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., WI.) November 23, 2011


Lukas, Harriet A. "Hattie" (16 March 1913 - 17 November 2011)


Harriet A. "Hattie" Lukas, age 98, Marshfield, formerly of Thorp, passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield.  Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Thorp.  Burial followed in new St. Hedwig’s Catholic Cemetery.


Pallbearers were: Kevin Cherney, Paul Lukas, Jerry Bennington, Nathan Bennington, Jeff Osby and Mathew Osby.  Visitation was held at the church, on Tuesday, from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.


Harriet A. Filipowicz was born on March 16, 1913, in Thorp, WI, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Starolec) Filipowicz.  She received her elementary education at Sunny Lawn School in the Town of Withee.  Harriet was united in marriage to Peter Lukas on August 13, 1935, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Chicago, IL.  They worked in Chicago for two years, followed by two years on her parents’ farm and two years in Gilman, WI. After buying Peter’s family farm in the Town of Withee, they farmed for 34 years.  In 1975, they retired and moved to Marshfield.  Harriet and Peter enjoyed traveling with their son Peter, Jr.  They spent many summers at their son’s second home in Alaska. They enjoyed fishing along the Kenai Peninsula and all the beautiful scenery in Alaska.  In addition, they both spent as much time as they could with their grandchildren, teaching then the fine art of fishing.


She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus in Marshfield and an honorary member of the Christian Mothers at Sacred Heart Church.  Harriet served as secretary for St. Hedwig’s Altar Society for 10 years, a 4-H Club leader in Foods and Nutrition for five years for the Pine Valley 4-H Club, and was a volunteer at the St. John’s and Parkview Meal Center for over 25 years.


Her hobbies included gardening - she had the most amazing green thumb - cooking, baking - the best apple pie slices and pierogi in the state - reading, and fishing.


Harriet is survived by two sons: James (Gayle) Lukas of Lena, and Robert Lukas of Thorp; one daughter, Patricia (Jerry) Bennington of Marshfield; eight grandchildren: Betty Lukas Black and Brenda Lukas Jones, both of Seattle, WA, Paul Lukas of Oconto, Christine (Kevin) Cherney of Green Bay, Leslie Lukas of Madison, Celeste Jackson of Spencer, Nathan (Raquel Bennington of Marshfield, and Jerry (Jennifer) Bennington of Fort Worth, TX; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Peter on September 8, 1998; one son, Peter, Jr., on July 9, 1998; one grandson, Mark Lukas, in 1996; and by 10 brothers and sisters.


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Thorp Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.



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