Obit: Duffy, Victoria J. (1921 - 2015)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Chaplinski, Duffy, Haas, Haller, Heinbuch, Jarmoluk, Liepesza, Mechelke, Mengel, Olynick, Peterson, Reimann, Rosemeyer, Schley, Sleeva, Story, Zastrow

----Source: The Star News (Medford, WI) 6/11/2015

Duffy, Victoria J. (Chaplinski) (16 OCT 1921 - 8 JUN 2015)

Victoria J. Duffy, 93 of Gilman, died Monday, June 8, 2015 at the Cornell Care Center under the care of St. Joseph’s Hospice.

She was born on October 16, 1921 to the late George and Anna (Liepesza) Chaplinski. Vicky grew up in the area and graduated from Gilman High School. All her life Vicky was a blest with a strong work ethic and motivation to make a better life for all. After high school she worked for Presto in Eau Claire before moving to Chicago to join in the war effort manufacturing high precision bombing equipment.

On June 28, 1947 she was united in marriage to Edmund Duffy at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church-Gilman. The couple farmed in the Gilman area and lovingly raised their family there.

Vicky was a member of the Gilman American Legion Auxiliary, the St. Anne’s Rosary Society, a board member of Taylor County Social Services Board, worked for the Gilman Public School cafeteria, made wreathes in the Christmas season, and was a volunteer for Taylor County Hospice.

She so loved her flowers-gardening and her family; attending as many of her grandchildren’s activities she could. Vicky also enjoyed reading, piano lessons, fishing, straw berry and apple
picking, reading, bowling, skiing, traveling, and sewing; making countless numbers of afghans that are all across America.

She is survived by two daughters, Karen (Eugene) Mechelke of Gilman and Susan (Allan) Olynick of Cadott, a daughter in law, Mary Duffy of Eau Claire and a son in law, Wayne Zastrow of Gilman, 13 grandchildren, Tammy (William) Peterson, Kelly (Tim) Heinbuch, Dana (Steve) Mengel, Chad (Amber) Zastrow, Nicolle Mechelke, Nohal (Amanda) Mechelke, Nicholas Mechelke, Brandon (Heather) Duffy, Ryan Duffy, Kendall (Chase) Rosemeyer, Brittany (Trenton) Story, Kayla (Wesley) Haas and Cole Olynick, and 15 great grandchildren.

Vicky is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Edmund Duffy (1988), her daughter, Charlene Zastrow (1990), her son James (2014), her brothers, Louie, Andy, Marlin and Michael
Chaplinski and sisters, Mary Haller, Dorothy Schley, Hattie Reimann and Henrietta Jarmoluk.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11AM on Friday, June 12th at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church-Gilman with Father Madanu Sleeva and Monsignor Joseph Jarmoluk concelebrating. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9AM until time of service Friday at the Church. Plombon Funeral Service-Gilman assisted the family with arrangements.



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