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Lottie C. Filipiak, 85, Knowlton, passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Hospice House, Wausau.
She was born Oct. 19, 1927, in Peplin, the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Papa. On Oct. 7, 1950, she married Alex Filipiak at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Knowlton. He passed away Aug. 6, 2011.
Lottie held many positions in our life. Firstly, she was a dedicated child of God, next she was wife to Alex, then Mom, grandma and great-grandma. Lottie's smile, disposition and faith was as beautiful and enduring as the flowers she grew. She and Alex grew their gardens with care and love for each other and the beauty of life. After Alex passed away Lottie continued to grow her gardens with the help of her children.
Lottie had a wide variety of passions. She belonged to the Marathon County Hillside View Homemakers Club for 40 years. She exhibited at the Wisconsin Valley Fair for The Gladiola Society for 10 years. Lottie continued to work at the Fair in the house flower and plant department for many more years. She held a spot on the local Election Board for 10 years plus. She is a long standing member, 25 years, of Our Lady of Fatima Prayer Circle. She began with the St. Francis Cabrini Society 55 years ago. The society grew so large it broke into groups. Lottie was a member then of the Saint Jerome's Circle of St. Francis Cabrini Society.
Lottie enjoyed sewing as well as gardening and dancing with Alex. She sewed many lap robes, afghans, and bibs for nursing home residents. Hundreds of mittens she sewed for the "First Book Project (Headstart Program). Lottie tried knitting once and completed one lap robe for her own mother. She tells us that she went to all crocheting after that.
Survivors include her children, Kenneth Filipiak, Knowlton, Linda (Tim) Rusinek, Mosinee, Thomas (Diana) Filipiak and Mark (Tammy) Filipiak, both of Knowlton; nine grandchildren, Jason, Danny, Matthew and Brittany Filipiak, Luke and Claire Rusinek, Kristy Filipiak, and Mitchell and Tylynn Filipiak; four great-grandchildren, Nathan, Parker and Tanner Filipiak, and Gage Rusinek; three brothers, Frank, Alex and Peter; and a sister, Stella Stachura. She was preceded in death by five brothers, John, Steve, Joe, Adam and Eddie, and two sisters, Victoria Molinda and Anna Lassa.
The family wishes to thank all friends and families for their kind and loving words and prayers for us and Mom. Your support is a wonderful gift. We would like to extend thanks to all the Palliative staff of St. Joseph's in Marshfield and also the staff and volunteers at Aspirus Hospice House for their loving care of Mom.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Knowlton. The Rev. James Arthur will officiate. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Knowlton. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee, where at 5:30 p.m. there will be a rosary. Visitation will be again from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday until time of services at the church.
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, 2012