Kathryn M. Wickstrom died peacefully Nov. 5, 2009, in Ripon, Wis.

She was born May 26, 1912, in Ladysmith, Wis., to Harry and Daisy (Smith) Speidel. She was raised in Ladysmith with her two sisters, Alice Marie (Marion) Rensink and Patricia (Arthur) Paulson, and her two brothers, Harry Speidel Jr. and Richard (Dorothy) Speidel. Kathryn married Erwin Wickstrom April 10, 1941. While Ervin was overseas in World War II, Kathryn gave birth to their son, John, in 1943.

Kathryn and her family lived in Osceola, Hayward and Wittenberg, as well as in Ladysmith. She enjoyed being a housewife and mother. She was an asset to her church by serving as Sunday School teacher, holding various church offices and by having leadership roles in United Methodist Women on the local, district and state level.

In their retirement years, both Erwin and Kathryn volunteered thousands of hours of service to the Rusk County Nursing Home.

Up to her final days, Kathryn maintained he sense of humor and her positive, loving attitude toward those around her.

Survivors include her grandchildren, Jason Wickstrom and Jill (Jessie) Honeyager; her daughter-in-law, Joanne Wickstrom; her great-granddaughter, Haley Honeyager; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin; her son, John; her infant daughter, Mary Christine; her grandson, Jimmy; her two sisters; and two brothers.

Kathryn was buried in Ladysmith, Wis.

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