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Patricia “Patsy” A. Zumach

December 29, 2018 | 21 comments

Patricia "Patsy" A. Zumach, 77, of Onalaska, passed away on Friday December 28th, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. She was born Nov. 29th, 1941 in Middle Ridge, WI to Adolph J & Inga H. (Iverson) Kerska. Patsy is survived by her loving husband Earl of 55 years (married Feb 16th, 1963). They were married at Saint Joseph the Cathedral in La Crosse, WI.

Patsy grew up and went to school in Cashton. After high school, she worked at Fort McCoy for a short while, and then moved to La Crosse. She took a job at Country Kitchen, which was the 1st Country Kitchen in the state of Wisconsin. She didn’t know it at the time, but the love of her life also started at Country Kitchen at the same time. Patsy and Earl eventually owned and operated several Country Kitchen restaurants together up until 2006. After that, she began working at King Street Kitchen. Her baking skills became famous...especially for her sugar cookies and baked goods. Her hobbies included gardening, puzzles, reading, watching birds, spending time with the grandkids, and being a big animal lover. She really enjoyed attending sporting events, music events, and other school events for all the kids and grandkids.

She is survived by her husband, Earl; daughter, Dawn of Onalaska; sons, Dewey (Kristi) of Richland Center, Darren (Gina) of Onalaska, Doug (Angie) of Holmen, and Earl Jr. (Julie) of Baraboo; grandkids, Connor, Lucas, Heath, Haley, Hannah, Cooper, River, Bode, Olivia, Evan, Dawson, and Taylor; siblings, Marlene (Gary) Peters, Elaine (Ken) Mann, Larry (Ruth Robush) Kerska, Gary (Pat) Kerska, Marilyn (Rick) Linbeck; Sister-in-Law’s, LoyDeane Kerska, Alta (George) Buehl, Lilly Eno, and Violet (Dick) Sokolik; along with many nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, LeVerne Kerska and Adolph Kerska; and sister Ethel (Ed) Peterson.

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2018 at 11:00 am with eulogy just before mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1031 Main St., Onalaska.  Fr. Larry Berger will officiate.  Visitations will be held Wednesday, January 2nd from 4-8 pm at the Coulee Region Cremation Group in the Prairie Room, 133 Mason St., Onalaska and also one hour prior to the mass at the church on Thursday.  A full obituary may be seen at www.couleecremation.com.  The family would like to thank the care providers at Mayo Clinic, especially Dr. Deyo, nurses Katie, Katie, and Ben as well as Kristine Brueggen.

To view or download Patsy's memorial video, copy and paste the link below into your web browser.

https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/X33YTC54XHTB7FWL?e=1

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21 Comments

  1. Todd Stern

    So very sorry for your loss. I thought she was a wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  2. Cindy L Latimer

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Zumach family. May memories of the many good times you had with your wife, mother. grandmother sustain you as you grieve. It is never easy to have a loved one pass on, good-bye is one the saddest words I know. I am so very sorry you have this goodbye, my sincere condolences.

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  3. Julie Lawler

    My sincere sympathy to the zumach family for your loss of a great woman!!!! As a kid she always made me feel comfortable in her home, thats just what she did. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  4. Doyle Pleggenkuhle

    So sorry for your loss. Blessings to you during this time of your loss. Jesus loves you always.

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  5. Lea Kendhammer

    I pray the coming days will be filled with peace for your family. May you share the fond memories of your wife, mother and grand mother with each other. I had the joy of working for Patsy and Earl many years and the fun of growing up with Dawn. What a remarkable family you all are. Your mother always had a smile on her face and now she will be celebrated with her loved ones this week. Thought and prayers to you all.

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  6. liz nutter

    Sorry for your loss. Remember all the good times and happiness with your mom and wife. Your family is special. My prayers are for peace and comfort for all of you. Carry on.

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  7. DONNA HOLTET SYKORA

    I AM THINKING ABOUT ALL OUR ADVENTURES OVER THE YEARS, AND BACK AND FORTH OVER THE HILLS AND FIELDS, MAKING BARK SANDWICHES IN THE CORN CRIB AND ALL, I GUESS WE WERE ABOUT 7 WHEN WE MET. I REMEMBER SLEEP 5 TO A BED CROSSWISE. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL THE FAMILY

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  8. Robyn Mikkelson

    My condolences and sympathy goes out to Patsy’s family! She will be sadly missed. Prayer’s going out to you all.🙏

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  9. Linda Proudfoot

    Deep and sincere sympathy to each of you dear Zumach family. Our prayers after your grieving is for peace and comfort knowing your wife/mom/grandma is living joyously with our Lord.
    John and Linda Proudfoot

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  10. Greg & Tanya Skemp

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

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  11. Krissy

    Earl and family,
    My heart goes out to you all, may the wings of Angels wrap their warmth around you all and give you strength and love through this difficult time, she will always be with you🙏🏻

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  12. Bob Jirsa

    Earl & Family,

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    May you find peace in all the special memories of Patsy.

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  13. Darlene Massie Stuber Otto

    Dear Earl snd family. I was so sorry to hear about Patsy. Little Earl called Billy last night. I remember both you and Patsy courting and your beautiful wedding. Thoughts and prayers for all of you. Love, Dar & Tom

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  14. Bob & Karen Scheitzach

    Earl, We are so very sad and sorry to hear of your loss of your beloved Patsy. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely, Bob & Karen Scheitzach

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  15. Wayne Mooney

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you today.we will miss her greatly. Sincerely Wayneand Carol Mooney

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  16. KATHY Lutteke

    Earl and family,
    Was so sorry to see on Facebook this evening that Patsy passed away. She was such a sweet lady. It’s been a few years since we have seen you both. Take care and God bless you all at this sad time💜 Greg and Kathy Lutteke

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  17. Ansel Heram

    Our condolences to Earl and his family from Ansel Heram and family. We have many great memories of Patsy over at the Country Kitchen!

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  18. LaVonne (Weiner) Larson

    My Prayers and condolences go out to Earl and entire family.

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  19. Sara Fernholz

    Our deepest sympathies from the entire Fernholz family.

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  20. Diane/Pat Callahan

    Dear Earl, Pat and I are sorry to hear of the passing of your loved wife, Patsy. We remember her and you and will keep her in our prayers. Wonderful memories will get you through this as well as the comfort of your family and friends. God Bless all of you.
    Warmest, Diane and Pat Callahan

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  21. Tim , Jill , TJ, and Ben Helming

    Our deepest condolences goes out to Earl, and the entire family Patsy was a very enjoyable person sorry for your loss. She will be missed you all take care.

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