Kathleen Marie Tomko was born on September 10, 1937 and found peace on December 24, 2021.
She was a great mom to sons Tom and Dean Brussow, grandma to Stacie, Jessica and Sophia, and great-grandma to Jaiyla, Sage, Laila, Autumn and Finley. She was lovingly known as “Aunt Kasa” by her many nieces and nephews.
Kathleen was one of seven children of Della and Raymond Sheerin. She was born and grew up on the south side of Milwaukee and attended South Division High School. Sisters Rosemary (Deblaey), Patricia (Schmidt), Carol (Byers) and brother Jerome too have passed while brothers James and Michael live on.
In 1978, she married Albert Tomko and shortly thereafter moved to Manitowish Waters. Here, she enjoyed the “Up North” lake life and excelled at walleye fishing, tending to her flowers, and going for long walks along the country roads. Not fully content with just that, she gained a significant following for her community center aerobics class that she dutifully led for more than twenty years no matter the weather conditions. With her passing, she leaves behind several of her loyal class members and cherished friends. She also spent many years working at the local Trig’s grocery store in Minocqua. She and Al were active members of St. Matthias Episcopal Church.
Kathleen was an avid sports fan and rarely ever missed a Green Bay Packers game. She also loved Wisconsin Badger football and the Milwaukee Brewers.
She enjoyed travelling and was able to visit Hawaii, Mexico, Florida, Arizona and California just to name a few. One of the highlights of her travel adventures was a family trip to Ireland, the country of her heritage.
Kathleen was a kind, friendly and good-natured person of faith. She was loved by all who had the privilege to know her. At the same time, she was as tough and resilient an individual as you will ever find. At many points in her life, especially over the last few years, life gave her all of the challenges and setbacks that she could handle.
At every turn, she faced them down with grace and positivity and never took the opportunity to complain. True to her “Irish Spirit,” she simply overcame the obstacles and moved on to happily enjoy more time with family and friends.
While we are so sad that our time with her here on earth has ended, we are so very grateful to have had the opportunity to know her, to see her warm smile and hear her laugh. She will be dearly missed and always loved as we hold her memory forever in our hearts.
A visitation and Catholic funeral services will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday Jan. 7 at St. Joseph Catholic Faith Community, S89W22650 Milwaukee Avenue, Big Bend, WI 53103. All who knew her are welcome.