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Joan L. Kozicki, age 86, passed away peacefully, in her sleep, leaving this earth, to be with her beloved husband, Joe on Saturday, March 23, 2013 in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM. Tuesday, April 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nekoosa, WI. Rev. John Swing will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Wisconsin Rapids. Friends may call at the Feldner/Ritchay Funeral Home in Nekoosa on Monday, April 1st from 4:00 until 7:00 PM. A parish prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM. Monday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ritchayfuneralhome.com.
Joan was born November 18, 1926 in St. Paul, MN to Thomas and Clarissa (Muir) Malicke. She attended schools in Wisconsin Rapids and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1944. Following graduation, she married the love of her life, Joseph Barney Kozicki on November 21, 1944. He died December 21, 2010.
She devoted her life to caring for her husband and six children: Joe, Helen, Annette, Steve, Mary and John. She loved all things family, home, farm and friends. She shared a few lifelong friends that were as much treasures as her family: Gen, Rose, and Mary - they provided her with support, fun and laughter. Joan enjoyed the hobby farm which she and Joe worked on together. Joan also enjoyed providing special cakes for her families' birthdays and the holidays - they were themed, baked and decorated with love. She was blessed with talents that she shared with her family, including painting ceramics and crocheting afghans. Among the things she most enjoyed doing with Joe and since his passing, was sitting on the porch and watching traffic and earlier years, the Saturday night card game with the Ponzochs.
She is survived her children, Joseph (Pat) Kozicki of Wisconsin Rapids, Annette (David) Sackett of Stewartville, MN, Steve (Leslie) Kozicki of Rudolph, WI, Mary (Richard) LaFontaine of Auburn, ME, and John (September) Kozicki of Rudolph, WI. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, her half siblings, Roger Savage and Carol Ferril both of Oregon, and several sisters and brothers in law, nieces and nephews. Joan is also survived by lifetime friend, Gen Wix.
Joan is preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter, Helen Kozicki, sister, Frances Hofmeister and her grandson, Scott VanTassel.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Mar. 28, 2013