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Bernice L. Kickbusch

April 19, 1931 — November 15, 2023

Wausau

 

Bernice Laura Kickbusch, 92, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away peacefully on November 15, 2023, at her residence in Schofield, WI. She was born on April 19, 1931, in Wausau, WI, to her parents Anthony and Genovive (Kuklinski) Stankowski. 

Bernice will forever be remembered as a devoted wife to her loving husband, Arthur Kickbusch who she married on August 6, 1949 with whom she shared countless cherished memories and 74 years of marriage. Together, they built a beautiful life filled with love and unwavering commitment.

As a loving mother, Bernice dedicated herself to raising her three children, Terry Kickbusch, Gary Kickbusch, and Renee Durkee. She instilled in them a sense of strong family values, compassion, and a deep appreciation for life's simple joys.

Though Bernice held various roles throughout her life, she found great fulfillment working at H. Phillips and later at Wausau Furniture to her time at Grebe's and J.C. Penny Department Store. Bernice's exceptional work ethic and attention to detail earned her the respect and admiration of her colleagues.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Bernice embraced a variety of hobbies. She would often be found excelling in a game of bingo, indulging in needlepoint projects, or seeking refuge from the Wisconsin winters as a snowbird in Apache Junction, AZ. Her competitive spirit was evident on the bowling lanes and shuffleboard courts, where she would engage in friendly rivalries with friends and family. Additionally, she found solace in camping at Camper's Haven in Tomahawk, WI, surrounded by the beauty of Wisconsin's nature.

Bernice's life was defined by her unwavering faith and involvement in her community. She was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, where she found spiritual solace and formed lifelong connections with her fellow parishioners.

Bernice will be deeply missed by her loved ones and all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She leaves behind a legacy of love, strength, and kindness.

Bernice leaves her beloved husband Arthur and three children: Terry (Jamie) Kickbusch, Gary (Marie) Kickbusch, and Renee (Dale) Durkee, along with five grandchildren: Thomas Durkee, Jessica (CJ) Bonifas, Justin (Sarah) Kickbusch, Jordan Kickbusch, and Brandon (Ashley) Kickbusch and seven great grandchildren: Sam, Will, Brenna, Leo, Margot, Emma, and Evelyn. She also leaves several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Bernice is preceded in death by two brothers: Raymond Stanke and Lawrence (Savina) Stankowski.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 27th from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 Stewart Avenue, Wausau, WI, with a funeral service to follow at 11 AM in the church. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park. Helke Funeral Home of Wausau has been entrusted with arrangements. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church and School. 

Bernice's family wishes to thank the staff at Rennes and Renaissance and Aspirus At Home Hospice. 

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Visitation

Monday, November 27, 2023

9:30 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Trinity Lutheran Church - Stewart

501 Stewart Ave, Wausau, WI 54401

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Funeral Service

Monday, November 27, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Trinity Lutheran Church - Stewart

501 Stewart Ave, Wausau, WI 54401

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