Obit: Trunkel, Sophie Marie #3 (1917 - 2012)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

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

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 10/31/2012

Trunkel, Sophie Marie (7 October 1917 - 21 October 2012)

Sophia M. Trunkel, 95, of Willard died at Neillsville Care & Rehab Monday, Oct. 21, 2012.

Sophie Marie Gosar was born Oct. 7, 1917, in Willard, 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 Aug. 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 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; and 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.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Willard, with Rev. Joseph Follmar officiating. Visitation was from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial followed in Holy Family Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scott Wessel, Steven Andreasen, Richard Trunkel, Jeffrey Trunkel, Jason Severson, Benjamin Severson and John J. Trunkel.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, assisted the family with arrangements.



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