Obit: Trunkel, Sophie M. (1917 – 2012)


Surnames: Trunkel, Gosar, Remzgar, Severson, Shaw, Kuznacic, Sladich, Stroinski, Andreasen

----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, WI) 10/24/2012

Trunkel, Sophie M. (7 OCT 1917 – 21 OCT 2012)

Sophie M. Trunkel, 95, of Willard, WI, died at Neillsville Care & Rehab on Monday, October 21, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 29, 2012, at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Willard. Rev. Joseph Follmar will officiate and burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Scott Wessel, Steven Andreasen, Richard Trunkel, Jeffrey Trunkel, Jason Severson, Benjamin Severson and John J. Trunkel. Visitation will be held at the church, on Monday, from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Sophie Marie Gosar was born on October 7, 1917, in Willard, WI, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Remzgar) Gosar. She attended Rocky Run School, Greenwood High School, Neillsville County Normal School and UW-Eau Claire. She taught at West Eaton School for four years and at Janesville Settlement School for three years. Sophie then did defense work as an arc welder at Moore Dry Dock shipyard in Oakland, CA. She was united in marriage to John F. Trunkel on August 2, 1943, at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Willard. In 1945, after John was discharged from the U.S. Army, they purchased the Anton and Anna Trunkel farm in Willard. In 1978, they sold the farm to their son, John W. Trunkel, but continued to live on the farm until 1991, when they bought a home near Greenwood. Her husband died on March 31, 1992.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and sang in the choir, K.S.K.J. Lodge, the Slovenian Singers, the Druzba Club and Slovenian Women's Union.

Sophie had many interests, but especially enjoyed, flowers, sewing, crafts, fishing, family gatherings, singing in the church choir, and helping at church events.

She will be dearly missed by her children, John W. (Carol) of Willard; Robert (Joanne) of Greenwood; Jacob (Sarah) of Willard; Daniel (Crystal) of Willard; Kathleen (Dale) Severson of Curtiss; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Cecelia Shaw of Marshfield; Julia Kuznacic of Sheboygan; Ann Sladich of Owen; Angie (Roman) Stroinski of Thorp; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Sophie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John F; two daughters, Judith Andreasen and Ann Trunkel in infancy; two brothers, Frank Gosar in infancy and Tony Gosar; and two sisters, Mary Artac and Sr. Antonia (Frances) Gosar.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.



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