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Elizabeth C. Olsheske

Elizabeth "Betty" C. Olsheske, of the Town of Brazeau, after 97 years and 6 months, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, surrounded by family, on April 9, 2017, after a short illness.

Betty was born to the late Julius and Paulina Walter on September 28, 1919 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She married her husband, Edmund C. Olsheske, on January 3, 1939 in Milwaukee and lived there for 10 years.

They then moved to the Town of Bagley, where they built and operated the Wescott Lake Tavern for 10 years. After selling, they built and operated the Sand Hill Bar (Olsheske's Bar) in the Town of Brazeau.

After her husband, Edmund's death in August, 1991, she continued operating the bar until she retired in July, 2002.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary (Mike) Jakopovich, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Pat (Al) Peterson, of West Allis, Wisconsin. Mary blessed her mom with four grandchildren, David (Kathy) Jakopovich, Diane (Roger) Benoit, Wendy (Jay) Dvorak and Mary (Bruce) Zuelke. Pat blessed her mom with three grandchildren, Tracy (Dan Sims) Champagne, Kelly (Dan) Dominski and Eric (Jennifer) Peterson. She was also blessed with 22 great-grandchildren, Angelica (Jorge) Suarez, Adrianne Buenrostro, Alissa Jakopovich, Madeline (Payton Bader-Stacie) Jakopovich, Amber (Chris) McCall, Jaryd (Alyce Hockers) Callender, Emily (Eddie Faust) Callender, Dan and Dylan Benoit, Hannah and Wyatt Dvorak, Branden (Colette Leanna) Zuelke, Brian (Hannah Hawkins) Otto, Alexis (Maggie Schlesinger) Champagne, Nicholas and Joey Champagne, Vincent and Stella Dominski, and Evan, Kendal, Killian and Claire Peterson. She was also blessed with nine great-great grandchildren, Lucy, Marlee, Rocky, River, Payten, Elyse, Bryan, Blaine and Jeremy. She is also survived by a cousin, Roberta (Steve VanBoven) Olshesky, a niece, Margaret Stelter, and three nephews, Richard Stelter, Jim (Linda) Wandzala and Andy Wandzala. We were all so blessed to have her in our lives as long as we did, and her first great-grandchild summed it up best - "what a beautiful life you had, a life of challenges and joy, you were an example of strength and hard work, thank-you Grandma for showing us how to live in this crazy world."  She will be deeply missed by us all.

Other than her parents and siblings, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund, a daughter, Velda, a great-granddaughter, Marissa Zuelke, and her son-in-law, Alton Peterson.

After 50 years of being a tavern owner, Betty knew and was liked by many people from the local area and as far away as Milwaukee and Chicago. They said they loved going to her establishment because it was a friendly place and she always had cold beer. She really enjoyed meeting and talking with the many people she got to know. She so appreciated her wonderful, helpful neighbors (friends). She enjoyed simple things, visiting with family, going out to eat, shopping and just going for a ride. She never wanted to be a burden to anyone, thus living on her own at her home until three months ago.  Pursuant to her wishes, there will be a private family service. Please visit www.rhodescharapata.com to express online condolences. Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home of Coleman is assisting the family.


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