Catherine “Katie” Cook, age 87, died Thursday, March 9, 2023 at her son’s home in Reeseville.
Visitation for Katie will be at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Reeseville on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and at Holy Family Catholic Church on Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at church on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Fr. Will Arnold will officiate. Burial will be at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Lowell followed by a luncheon at the Reeseville Community Center.
Catherine G. Keller was born on May 29, 1935 in the Mount Horeb area to the late William J. and Ella C (nee: Paltz) Keller. She grew up on a farm and graduated from Mount Horeb High School. On October 30, 1954, Katie was united in marriage with Kenneth Cook in Pine Bluff. Together they farmed briefly in that area before they bought the farm land and house by Reeseville where she lived for over 50 years. Katie enjoyed being a mother to a large family and living in the country. They had chickens and ducks, a few steers, farm cats and always a big garden. Ken preceded Katie in death in 1992. She was very active in her church, sang in the choir, was a 4-H leader for years and had great times with her bowling team. The bowling team became an extended family and enjoyed many fun activities like hayrides and picnics. She was a very good seamstress and worked at a bridal shop in Beaver Dam along with doing alterations at her home for many people. Sewing was something she passed on to her children and grandchildren and everyone in the family has homemade items that brings back memories. She also enjoyed traveling with her sister, the Red Hat Ladies and the Cemetery Club. Family was important to Katie and she was always surrounded by them.
Survivors include her children James (Darlene) Cook, Nancy (Tom) Hoesly, Dan (Cindy) Cook, Kris (Ron) Rennhack and Ginny (Mike) Appenfeldt; 16 grandchildren, Jackie (John) Quinn, Jeff (Jenny) Cook, Bonnie (John) Bratz, Curtis (Marissa) Cook, Matt (Megan) Hoesly, Maureen (Ben) Falaschi, Katie Cook (Michael Moore), Brittany Cook (Antero Estrada), Amy Cook, Natalie Rennhack, Gabrielle Rennhack, Nick Appenfeldt, John Appenfeldt, Jake Kenas, Josiy McEndree and Austin Kenas; 13 great grandchildren, Leila, Kiera, Jordan, Jayden, Zach, Reed, Ada, Ruby, Evie, Theo, Frankie, James and Jackson; her sisters, Elaine and Jenny; three sisters-in-law, Shirley, Audrey and Jean; special friends, Lori and Don Landwehr; other relatives and friends. Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three children, Bill, Barbara and infant daughter Mary; a brother Nick; a sister Dorothy; and three sisters-in-law, Ruth, Betty, and Joyce.
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