Friday, September 4, 2015



ADDRESS: N8815 Business Highway 13, Westboro; A Township of Westboro resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:38 AM Thursday, September 3 at her residence in the Town of Westboro under the loving care of her family and 1 day with Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 1:00 PM Tuesday, September 8 at First Lutheran Church, Westboro

OFFICIATING: Rev. Dr. Bob Giese

INTERMENT: Mount Olive Cemetery, Westboro

VISITATION: 11:00 AM until the time of services at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, September 8 at First Lutheran Church, Westboro

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 17, 1944 at Milwaukee

EDUCATION: Cudahy elementary schools and was a graduate of a Cudahy High School

MARRIAGE: To Kenneth Willms on July 28, 1962 and they were later divorced; to Stanley “Stosh” Knight on January 7, 1989 and he preceded her in death July 6, 2001

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Moved from Raymond Center in Racine, to Westboro in 1977 where they owned Ken & Jo's Corner Bar where many of her customers called her "Ma-Jo". She worked as a cook at Harper Lake Resort, Chelsea Conservation Club, Rib Lake Nursing Home, she was a CNA & did Homecare for Price County, and later worked for Life Net.
Jan 7th 1989 she married "the love of her life" Stanley “Stosh” Knight , they enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, Grandkids & Adventerous Travels. They raised 2 Grandsons Joshua & Zachary Willms. After retirement she moved to Westboro with her son Keith & Fur Grandbabies Sammie & Charlie. She loved spending time with her buddies Sue Schaetzl, Liz Edens, Joan, Janet Arndt. She enjoyed gambling with her friends Sharon Wojcik and Sue Schaetzl. And especially her trips to Las Vegas with her Sister in law Sharon Wojcik (preceeded in death by). She loved sharing meals with friends & family, she was a mother to many. She cared for her Great Grandchildren-Dalen & Kendall right up until 2 months before her passing.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Dawn (Bob) Pipkorn of Westboro, Tony Willms of Racine, Bev (Mark) Carlson of Medford, Keith Willms of Westboro, Rhonda (Tracy) Sackman of Westboro and Renee Willms of Westboro

LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Wendy (Luke) Gebauer, Bobbi (Sheldon Rabehl) Pipkorn, Randell Pipkorn, Joshua Willms, Zachary Willms, Kayla Carlson, Nicholas Willms, Trenton Willms Makovsky
FUR GRANDBABIES – Sami, Charlie, Abby, Kelly & Bella
GR-GRANDCHILDREN: Dalen & Kendall Gebauer, Maxwell Willms

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother – John (Donna) Pelczynski of Cudahy, WI

DECEASED FATHER: Leonard Michael Pelczynski DECEASED MOTHER: Mary Magdalene Van Beck

PALLBEARERS: Randell Pipkorn, Nicholas Willms , Trenton Willms Makovsky, Sheldon Rabehl, Dale Makovsky, Bill Knight
Honorary Pallbearers - Dalen Gebauer, Kendall Gebauer, Maxwell Willms

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