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Iris Brickheimer, 88, Butternut, died on Wednesday Dec. 26, 2012, at Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls. She was born on March 29, 1924, in Marshfield, the daughter of Edgar and Cornelia (Minnick) Gorke from the Auburndale area. Her early life and schooling were in Fifield and Marshfield. On Jan. 20, 1945, Iris married Ken Brickheimer in Marshfield. The couple lived in Marshfield until 1958, when the family moved to Butternut and purchased a resort and bar. Several years later, after selling the bar and resort, Iris and Ken converted part of the resort into a campground. They operated the campground until their retirement. Iris was an active member of the Flambeau Hospital Auxiliary for 30 years and volunteered at the Flambeau Hospital Thrift Shop.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Ken; four children, Bill (Carol) Brickheimer of Butternut; Jerry (Mary) Brickheimer of Marshfield; Carol (Ken) Tomaier of Butternut; Joan (Steve) Holtan of Stoughton; nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Angeline (Elroy) Huebner, of Wausau; Evelyn (Guy) Rustad of Marshfield; three sisters-in-law, Marge Gorke of Dorchester; Patricia Gorke of Romeoville, IL; Evelyn Gorke of Rome, WI.
Iris was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Adolph, Alfred, and Elvin.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec, 29, 2012, at 11 a.m. from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Butternut. Fr. Shaji Pazhukkathara will officiate.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service.
Interment will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Marshfield at a later date.
Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Dec. 28, 2012