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Elizabeth L. Downs

Issue Date: June 21, 2018

Elizabeth Lucille (Hudak) Downs, 90, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Rennes Health Care Center-West in Peshtigo.

Born Sept. 6, 1927, to Andrew and Mary (Dzurick) Hudak in Marinette, she attended Walsh and Winesville Elementary schools and graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Marinette in 1945.

After graduation, she moved to Sparta, where she worked as a typist for the Civil Service at Camp McCoy. While typing discharge papers of a teasing red head co-worker veteran, she met her future husband. She then married him, James Downs, on Aug. 3, 1946 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Walsh, near the Hudak family farm.

They lived in Marinette and had two red headed sons, Jim and Mike. She loved being a stay at home mom until the boys entered school when she returned to work as a bookkeeper at Christianson Roland and Johnson in Marinette for 25 years before retiring 1988.

With a strong faith, she was active in her church in the Altar Society, was a Lecture, a Eucharist Minister, Religious Education teacher and sang in the choir into her late 80s.

In 1979, she began a new spiritual journey by supporting her husband as he was ordained a Deacon in the Diocese of Green Bay. From 1988-1995 she was a patient, loving caregiver for him after he suffered a stroke.

Family and friends were central in her life, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a Boy Scout leader for her boys' troop; enjoyed golfing, riding her bike to work and was a devoted wife, parent, neighbor, friend and parishioner.

She is survived by two daughters-in-law, Nancy Downs (Michael) of Eagar Az. and Kitty LaBounty (Jim) of Sitka, Ak.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Joe Hudak who resides at Rennes West in Peshtigo; a brother-in-law, John Downs of Chicago, Ill.; former daughters-in-law, Paulla (Dave) Hardy of Sitka, Ak. and Jan Lathrop of Amherst, Ma.; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; cousins and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Downs in 1995; two sons, Jim Downs in 1987 and Michael Downs in 2013; a brother, Ed Hudak; a sister, Helen Baribeau and brothers and sisters-in law, Helen Hudak, George Baribeau, Delia Hudak, Joe and Shirley Downs, Patricia, Tom Shanley and Maura Downs and a nephew, Jeff Downs.

Visitation will be held at Holy Family Parish, Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Taylor St. in Marinette on Friday, June 22 from 9:30 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Celestine Byekwaso will officiate with entombment in Forest Home Cemetery. Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials can be made in her name to Holy Family Parish in Marinette, Unity Hospice in Green Bay or a charity of one's choice.


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