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Kathleen M. Guski, 70

Kathleen Marie (Bachand) Guski, age 70, of Hammond, passed away at American Heritage Care Center on Tuesday, Jan. 28, after a long ordeal with breast cancer.

She was born on Feb. 25, 1943, to John and Patricia (Tetzner) Bachand in Joliet, Ill. When Kathy was one year old, the family moved back to Washburn, Wis., where she attended St. Louis Catholic School and graduated from Washburn High School in 1960. She married Raymond John Guski on Sept. 8, 1962. They settled in Roberts, Wis., and welcomed their first child, Suzanne Kay, in 1963. In 1965, they moved their family to Hammond Township, and purchased a farm of their own in 1966. Soon after, Randall Raymond joined the family. Timothy Jay was born in 1968, and Sharrin Fay came along in 1973, completing the happy family. Kathy was involved in numerous community activities. At Immaculate Conception Church in Hammond, Wis., she enjoyed singing in the choir and served as their Office Manager for nearly thirty-seven years. She was also heavily involved with the True Blue 4-H club as a project leader, and eventually their General Leader. Kathy was also involved with the County 4-H program, serving on numerous committees. She served as a Girl Scout leader, and was a long time member of Hammond Central Homemakers. Kathy enjoyed bowling, and was a charter member of the Monday Afternoon Ladies League at Bolas Lanes, in Baldwin. For twenty years she worked at the Hammond Post Office, retiring in 2003, and was currently serving as the Town of Hammond Treasurer.

Kathy's hobbies included entering Open-Class projects in the St. Croix County Fair, earning many blue ribbons and champions for her baking, jams, crocheting, flowers, sewing, and craft exhibits. In 2008, she was recognized with a Living Memorial Award for her long standing involvement with the County Fair. She was also known to collect penguins and lighthouses. Furthermore, she also enjoyed many gatherings with her Red Hat Ladies.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-one years, Ray; children and grandchildren Suzanne (Michael) Berge of Lakeville, Minn., and their children, Matthew, Jessica and Jillian; Randy Guski of Hammond, Wis., and his children, Andrew, Alex, Aaron and Abby; Tim (Angi) Guski of Ridgeland, Wis., and their children, Katrina, Melanie, Tyler, Samantha, Nichole, Rachel and Gabriel; Shari (Jeff) Turvaville of Bay City, Wis., and their children, Hope, Joy and Grace; Sister Shirley Thoen; brothers, Stephen (Debra) Bachand, Joseph (Jane) Bachand, and Dennis (Jacque) Bachand; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Lorraine (Lawrence) Young, Howard Guski, Luanne Carlos and Sandra (David) Lowe; along with many nieces and nephews.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Patricia and John A. Bachand; and brother John Thomas Bachand; father and mother-in-law, Louis and Ruth Guski.

Mass of Christian Burial for Kathy Guski will at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hammond. Burial is in the parish cemetery with her six grandsons serving as casketbearers. Visitation is from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, with the Rosary being prayed to conclude the evening at 6 p.m. at the OConnell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin. There is also a visitation one hour prior to the mass at church on Monday morning. Memorials preferred to the family.

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