Florence E. Kovalaske

Florence E. Kovalaske, 86, died on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007 at Eagles Wings, in Beaver Dam.

Friends and family may call on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam from 4 until 7 p.m. with a rosary to follow.

They may also gather on Monday at St. Kath-arine Drexel Church, 511 S. Spring St., from 10 a.m. until a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., with Father Carlos Florez officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, town of Beaver Dam.

The former Florence Elizabeth Holbach was born on Sept. 30, 1921 to the late Peter and Rose (Schreiner) Holbach. She was a resident of the Beaver Dam area all of her life.

On April 4, 1945, she was united in marriage with Edwin Kovalaske in Waupun.

Together, they had three children and owned and operated their family farm from 1945 until Edwin’s death in 1977.

Florence spent more than 20 years volunteering her time to various organizations, which include Hillside Manor, The American Red Cross and the Beaver Dam Hospital Auxiliary.

She was a longtime member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, where she was involved with the Christian Women’s group and also was the coordinator for funeral luncheons.

Florence will be missed by her three children, Sherry (Paul) Escallier of Ridgecrest, Calif., Dave (Nancy) Kovalaske of West Bend and Steve Kovalaske of Beaver Dam; her eight grandchildren, Lynette (Sean) McManus and Jean-Paul (Lori) Escallier, Dan, Julie and Becky Kova-laske, Jamie (Laurie), Jill and Beth Kovalaske; and her three great-grandchildren, Katie, Taryn and Redd.

She will also be missed by her brothers and sisters, Henry (Delores) of Waupun, Rosella Frey of Roscoe, Ill., Wilfred (Ida) Hol-bach of Burnett, Lauretta Peters of Horicon, Melvin (Mildred) Hol-bach of Waupun, Richard (Agnes) Holbach of Ripley, Tenn. and Virginia (Gene) Rake of Colum-bus; her two sisters-in-law, Jean Holbach of Dunnellon, Fla. and Mildred (Harold) Schultz of Graf-ton; her daughter-in-law, Donna Kovalaske of Juneau; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edwin; a grandson, Scott Kovalaske; and a brother, Edward Holbach.

The Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family.

Online condolences may be made on our website at www. MurrayFH.com.

The family suggests memorials be made in Florence’s name to the St. Katharine Drexel School Trust Fund.