Obit: Kresnik, Ethel Mae (1924 - 2021)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Kresnik, Heilman, Riddlestine, Cantrell, Seffens, Messick, Sandhiyagu

----Source: Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home (Owen, Clark Co., WI) 11/18/2021

Kresnik, Ethel Mae (24 April 1924 – 17 November 2021)

Ethel Mae Kresnik, age 97, of Eau Claire formerly of Owen, passed away on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Our House Senior Living in Eau Claire.

She was born in La Crosse, on April 24, 1924, the daughter of John and Julia (Heilman) Riddlestine. She later moved to Mauston, where she graduated from High School in 1941. Ethel worked for the Juneau County Welfare Department in Mauston. In 1947 she moved to Withee, where she was employed by Western Condensing Company, Foremost McKesson, Inc. and Northland Foods Co-op, at the same location in Owen, until her retirement in 1986. She married Edward A. Kresnik on December 13, 1974.

Ethel was an avid reader, knitter and crafter. She was a Girl Scout Leader for a number of years and a member of the Clark County Choraliers. She was an active choir member and served on the decorating committee for Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen for many years.

Ethel is survived by two nieces: Patricia (Charles) Cantrell and Rosemary (Bert) Seffens, three nephews: Gary (Gin) Messick, Randy (Carol) Messick and Kevin (Kathy) Messick, and many great and great-great nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband: Edward in 1994, one sister: Marilyn Messick and a grandniece: Julie Cantrell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, November 22, 2021, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen at 11:00 A.M. Family and friends are welcome for the visitation on Monday from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the mass. Father Baskaran Sandhiyagu will officiate. Burial will be in Saint Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Mauston.

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