Etheljean ValitchkaIssue Date: January 10, 2018
Etheljean (Schomaker) Valitchka, 95, passed away, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.
Born Oct. 29, 1922 in Marinette, to Werner and Ethelyn Schomaker, she attended Lourdes Catholic School in Marinette, grades one through 12 and graduated in 1940. She then attended Marinette County Normal Teachers College and taught grades one through eight at Garfield Country School in the Town of Peshtigo until her marriage to Matthew James Valitchka on May 2, 1944 who nicknamed her "Ejay" during their courtship.
A Renaissance Woman, she was a devoted wife and mother with energy, creativity, optimism and she spread joy to those around her. She taught religious education, was a Cub Scout leader, a Special Needs Tutor, volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul and a regular in Adoration at Holy Family Parish in Marinette, where she was a member.
A good cook and baker, she baked bread, made dinners with all major food groups and the dinner table was decorated with lighted candles and seasonal decorations.
She loved to swim, enjoyed tennis, bowling skillfully, golfing and cross-country skiing. The couple were graceful skaters, waltzing around the rink. An avid reader of fiction and non-fiction, she was a competitive game player, won most Scrabble games, hosted many Bridge games and insisted everyone follow the rules of the game.
After retirement, they lived in Florida for 14 years, where she volunteered as a nutrition advisor for the ladies in their housing community, attended many social functions and enjoyed trips to Busch Gardens, Strawberry Festivals and golf tournaments.
In 1999, she returned to Marinette where they built a home on Wilderness Trail which fulfilled her wish to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Her trademark was a big smile and contagious laughter and she occasionally liked a chilled martini or brandy and water.
She enjoyed watching the songbirds and wild life and now her children look upon a red cardinal with sentiment of their mother. Her kindness and love touched all she met.
Surviving are four children, Claudia (George) Sanders, Cynthia (Bill) Bomber, Matthew James II (Teo) and Luke (Sherri) Valitchka; Jim Frederick; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Herman "Bob" Schomaker; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Coopman and many nieces and nephews.
Among her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Schomaker and Lucille (and Ralph) Alfredson; brothers and their spouses, Werner II and Rita, Patrick and Bernice Schomaker and sister-in-law, June Schomaker; her husband, Matthew and three daughters, Rebecca (Becky) (Jim Frederick) and premature twins, Mary and Josephine.
Visitation will be held at Assumption B.V.M. Chapel in Pulaski on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. until time of the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home of Marinette is assisting the family with arrangements.
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