Katherine Mary Effertz, 79, of Chetek died Dec. 20, 2020 at Sacred Heart hospital in Eau Claire, from complications related to COVID-19.

She was preceded in death by: her father, Lawrence Effertz; mother, Frances Picozzi; and stepdad, Anthony Picozzi.

She is survived by: her brother, Eugene (Belinda) Effertz of Rice Lake; half-brother, Mark Picozzi of Cumberland; half-sister, Maureen (Mark) Jirsa of Maplewood, Minnesota; stepsisters, Nancy (Picozzi) Campi of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Phyllis (Picozzi) Ballus of West Allis; many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Katherine was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in Turtle Lake and Cumberland. She graduated from CHS in 1962, UW-Lacrosse 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education; and received a master’s degree from St. Catherine University.

She taught elementary physical education for Waller School and Burlington School District for 33 years. After retirement while living in Elkhorn, she pursued and enjoyed many activities and hobbies, home, decorating and remodeling, crafting, helping and visiting her family and friends, traveling, volunteering, the Green Bay Packers, Bona Casa food and viewing online air photos of Cumberland.

A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 at the Skinner Funeral Home in Cumberland.

 
 

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