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Jean Walsh

June 23, 1923 November 30, 2018
Jean Walsh
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Obituary for Jean Walsh

Jean Olson Walsh, 95, of Richland Center, died on Friday, November 30th at Schmitt Woodland Hills in Richland Center. Born on June 23, 1923 to Anna (Schmitz) and Samuel Olson, Jean was raised in the tight-knit farming community of Bear Valley.

She is survived by three children, Frank (Maeve) Walsh of Chicago, Ann (Mark) Walsh Bradley of Wausau, and Kathy Walsh of Mesa, AZ; a daughter-in-law, Nan (Frank) Ploof of Modesto, CA; a brother, Leo (Elaine) Olson of Reedsburg; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene and her son Steven as well as five siblings: Dorothy Wiedenfeld, Cyril Olson, Mary Fleming, John Olson, and Lala Radloff.

Jean was known for her love of God, family, baseball, and music. All four of these coincided at Jean’s childhood home of Bear Valley. This was where the Olson family constituted most of the St. Kilian’s church choir and Jean and her sisters Mary and Lala played on the state-championship-winning Bear Valley Girls softball team.

The team had a huge following and played teams from around the state. The ball club started at the Olson farm next to St. Kilian’s Church, and the practice field was the cow pasture behind the Bear Valley Cheese Factory. For three years, the Bear Valley Girls won the Wisconsin state championship title in girl’s softball. Jean played left field and, with her long legs, was one of the fastest runners on the team. In her later years, Jean reveled in her memories of the girls’ team and in cheering on the Chicago Cubs, especially during the World Series in 2016.

One of Jean’s greatest joys was admiring the scenery during drives to her native Bear Valley, when she pointed out where long-ago neighbors used to live. She was active in the Richland County Democratic Party, a longtime parishioner of St. Mary’s in Richland Center, and a yearly traveler to Arizona, where a few of her siblings wintered.

Jean was known for her sense of fashion, fun, and gratitude, her quick wit, kindness, and the sparkle in her eye. She was proud of her family and was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She delighted in the three years she and her brother John both lived at Schmitt and shared many meals together. Loved ones remember her bidding them goodbye with a “God bless you.”

A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Kilian’s Catholic Church in Bear Valley with a luncheon to follow. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Richland Center. A visitation will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the Pratt Memorial Chapel from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM, with a rosary preceding the visitation to be prayed at 3:45 PM. A visitation will also be held at St. Kilian’s Catholic Church on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of the Mass at 11:00 AM. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements. Tributes can be written on the Pratt website, prattfuneralservice.com. Memorials may be given to St. Kilian Cemetery Association, c/o Erwin Schmitz, 27038 State Hwy. 130, Hillpoint, WI 53937 or Schmidt Woodland Hills, 1400 W. Seminary Street, Richland Center, WI 53581.


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Visitation

Sunday

2

Dec

4:00 PM 12/2/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 12/2/2018 7:00:00 PM
Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service

120 North Park Street
Richland Center, WI 53581

A Rosary will be prayed at 3:45 PM

Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service
120 North Park Street Richland Center 53581 WI
United States

Visitation

Monday

3

Dec

10:00 AM 12/3/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/3/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Kilian's Catholic Church

St. Kilian's Road
Lone Rock, WI 53556

A Rosary will be prayed at 3:45 PM

St. Kilian's Catholic Church
St. Kilian's Road Lone Rock 53556 WI
United States

Funeral Mass

Monday

3

Dec

11:00 AM 12/3/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Kilian's Catholic Church

St. Kilian's Road
Lone Rock, WI 53556

A Rosary will be prayed at 3:45 PM

St. Kilian's Catholic Church
St. Kilian's Road Lone Rock 53556 WI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery Final Resting Place

Tenth St
Richland Center, WI 53581

Tenth St Richland Center 53581 WI
United States
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