Lorraine Marie Pospisil, 83, passed away peacefully at Attic Angels Care Center, Middleton, WI . She was born in a log cabin on a dairy farm, to William and Rose (Dolezalek) Goth in Phillips, WI. She spent her early life in Phillips where she attended a one room school and graduated high school in 1946. She met the late Laddie J. Pospisil at a dance in Phillips and they married on June 28, 1952 at St. Mary’s Church, Phillips. In 1953, they moved to the Burlington area to pursue teaching careers and later farming.
She graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in 1950 and in 1973 earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Secondary Education from UW-Whitewater. After teaching Home Economics throughout Wisconsin at Mellen, Rochester Agriculture School, Burlington and Salem Central High Schools, “Mrs. P.”, retired in 1990 after 41 years of teaching to become a full time beef and hay farmer.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Burlington, WI, the student advisor for Future Homemakers of America at Salem Central and at Attic Angels served as the Assisted Living Resident Council president.
Growing up during the Depression and WWII were major influences on her life. She will be remembered for being a hard worker, her passion for farming, country life and her perseverance after the stroke. Although she considered herself a quiet person, she made friends wherever she went.
Lorraine’s family includes daughters Susan Schuster, Stoughton, WI and Audrey (Peter) Janssen, Verona, WI; son Laird (Kristin) Pospisil, LaGrange, IL; grandchildren Adam and Dustin Schuster, Dana, Ava and Peter Janssen, Katya and Kenna Pospisil; brother Robert Goth, Elliott City, Maryland, sister Eleanor (David)Brunkow, Park Falls, WI; nieces, nephews, cousins, grandnieces, grandnephews, sister and brother-in-laws, other relatives and many close friends in Phillips, the Burlington area and at Attic Angels. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Laddie and sister-in-law Joyce (Nelson) Goth.
Donations in lieu of flowers would be appreciated to the Laddie and Lorraine Pospisil Scholarship Fund P. O. Box 620524 Middleton, WI 53562
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX CATHOLIC CHURCH, 655 S. Lake Ave., Phillips, at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 10, 2012, with Father Gerald Hagen presiding. Final resting place will be at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Phillips. Visitation will be at GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL & CREMATION CARE, 7435 University Ave., Middleton, from 4 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2012.
I’d like the memory of me
To be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow
Of smiles when God calls me home.
I’d like to leave an echo
Whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
And bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve
To dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave
When life is done.
Adapted from Helen Lowrie Marshall