Obit: Kokaly, Frances D. (1919 - 2013)


Surnames: Kokaly, Buttvich, Ruzic, Polacek, Raschke, Konopacky, Mossack, Macknick

----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, WI) 02 Jul 2013

Kokaly, Frances D. (24 MAR 1919 - 28 JUN 2013)

Frances D. Kokaly, 94, Stevens Point, died on Friday, June 28, 2013 at Riverview Lodge Assisted Living in Stevens Point.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, July 5, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Marshfield, with Rev. Sebastian Venni officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends at Sacred Heart Church on Friday from 9:30 am until service time. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 54 at Sacred Heart Church following the service. Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Frances was born on March 24, 1919 in Willard, Wisconsin, to Math and Anna (Buttvich) Ruzic. She attended school in Willard and graduated from Greenwood High School. She also graduated from St. Joseph's School of Nursing, Marshfield. She then served in the United States Army during WW II and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant on February 2, 1946. She was united in marriage to Edward J. Kokaly on August 9, 1947 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Willard. He died on May 8, 2007. The Kokaly's farmed in Willard from 1945 until 1950 and then in the Town of Richfield, Wood County from 1950 until 1980. Frances also worked as a registered nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital neonatal unit from 1969 to 1985.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Marshfield, and a former member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Bakerville. She loved to travel, play cards, was very active volunteering after retirement and was a very giving gentle soul. She was the most loving, caring mother and grandmother who was cherished by her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by 3 daughters and 3 grandsons, Frances (John) Polacek of Appleton and their son, Jeff; Diane (Jeff) Raschke of Clintonville and their sons, Lucas and Aaron; and Kathy (Jeff) Konopacky of Custer. She is further survived by a sister, Ann Mossack of Omro.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 sisters, Zora Macknick and Angeline Ruzic and 2 brothers, Ivan and Vincent Ruzic.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Ronald McDonald House in Marshfield. 

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