Obit: Kufahl, Mary (1933 - 2017)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Belanger, Bergman, Culvey, Giese, Jacobitz, Kufahl, Petcoff, Schoenherr, Streich

----Source: The Record - Review (Abbotsford, WI) 1/20/2017

Kufahl, Mary “Joan” (Giese) (28 JUN 1933 - 6 JAN 2017)

Mary “Joan” Kufahl, age 83, of Wausau, and formerly of Tomahawk, passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, under hospice care.

She was born June 28, 1933, in Athens, to the late Edward and Ruth (Jacobitz) Giese. Joan was married to Harvey Kufahl on Nov. 25, 1954. He passed away in 2013.

Joan was a 1951 graduate of Athens High School. Following graduation, she worked at Employers Mutual in Wausau for several years before transferring to the Milwaukee area. After raising her daughters, she began employment at Kohl’s Distribution Center and was employed with Kohl’s for over 30 years. Harvey and Joan moved to Tomahawk in 1998 where they enjoyed living on Lake Alice for 15 years. She loved camping in her earlier years, gardening, casino trips and traveling with her sisters and niece. Joan was a wonderful cook and was involved in the Red Hat Society. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Tomahawk. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed and remembered by all.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara (Mike) Petcoff of Wauwatosa and Carolyn (Glenn) Belanger of Athens; two brothers, Thomas (Helen) Giese of Marshfield and Edward (Marge) Giese of Sussex; two sisters, Jackie Bergman of Tomahawk and Nancy Streich, of Merrill; and two grandchildren, Daniel Belanger and Katie (Chris) Culvey. She is further survived by two great-grandchildren, Alana and Teagan Culvey, and an additional grandchild expected in March.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Ruth; her husband, Harvey; two brothers, Jim and Bobby; and three sisters, June, Shirley and Rosemary.

A funeral service for Joan Kufahl was held on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at 11 a.m. from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tomahawk. Rev. Mark Schoenherr presided with interment following at Greenwood Cemetery.

The family received friends for visitation at Generations Funeral Home, 1400 N. 4th St., Tomahawk, on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and again on Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at 11 a.m.

Generations Funeral Home & Crematory assisted the family with arrangements. View Joan’s obituary and leave online condolences at



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