Katherine Mary Effertz

Katherine Mary Effertz, 79, of Chetek, Wis., died Dec. 20, 2020, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, from complications related to COVID-19.

Katherine was born in Minneapolis, Minn., and was raised in Turtle Lake and Cumberland, Wis. She graduated from CHS in 1962, UW-La Crosse in 1966 with a BS degree in physical education, and received a Masters degree from St. Catherine University. She taught elementary physical education for Waller School and Burlington, school district for 33 years. After retirement, while living in Elkhorn, she pursued and enjoyed many activities and hobbies, home decorating and remodeling, crafting, helping and visiting her family and friends, traveling, volunteering, the Green Bay Packers, Bona Casa food, and viewing on-line air photos of Cumberland.

She is survived by brother, Eugene (Belinda) Effertz, of Rice Lake; half-brother, Mark Picozzi, of Cumberland; half-sister, Maureen (Mark) Jirsa, of Maplewood, Minn.; stepsisters, Nancy (Picozzi) Campi, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Phyllis (Picozzi) Ballus, of West Allis; many nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grand-nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Effertz; mother, Frances Picozzi; and step father, Anthony Picozzi.

A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at the Skinner Funeral Home in Cumberland.

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