Jennie Mary Sukalich, 88

Jennie Mary Sukalich, of Hartford, passed away peacefully at home Feb. 3, 2016, at the age of 88. She spent her final days surrounded by her loving family.

Jennie was born and raised in Milwaukee. She attended St. Rose for grade school and also graduated from high school in Milwaukee. She married Paul Edward Sukalich on May 1, 1948. They had three children: Paul, Patty and Bob. Jennie worked as a bookkeeper at the original Kohlís department store, and was also a homemaker. She and Paul lived in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa during their younger years. After retirement, they also traveled yearly to New Port Richey, Florida, before permanently returning to their home on Pike Lake in Hartford. During this time she also enjoyed the company of nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jennie actively volunteered in her community, as a part of her Catholic faith, throughout her life. She and Paul were Eucharistic Ministers to the homebound, hospital patients and at Mass. They also enjoyed traveling the world, visiting much of Europe and the United States, as well as special trips to China, Egypt and Rome. Jennie was known for her talents in the kitchen, a passion she shared and inspired in her family. Her skill and enthusiasm for vegetable gardening and landscaping was also shared with her loved ones. She was proud of her Slovak heritage, which was another treasure for her family to cherish. Throughout her life, Jennie encountered many medical hardships, including numerous hip replacements. Yet she never let this dampen her spirit, and always had a smile on her face. Her happiness and strength are an inspiration to everyone who knew her.

Jennie is survived by her beloved children, Paul (Sue) Sukalich, Patty Sukalich and Bob (Lynelle) Sukalich; beloved grandchildren, Sara (Matt Mingione) Sukalich, Kim (Jay) Randall, Maggie (Nate Maynard) Sukalich, Corey (Joy Durbin) Sukalich, David Riedl, Katie (John Hollerung) Sukalich, Stephen Sukalich, Mark Riedl and Mary (Ryan Derouaux) Sukalich; and great-grandchildren, Samson and Morgan. Jennie is also survived by other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul (May 14, 2012); her brother, Paul; her daughter-in-law, Sue; her mother, Frances; her father, Kuzma; her sister, Frances, who died as a child; and many dear friends.

Despite her illness, she enjoyed the company of family and friends in her final months. A special thank you is extended to the compassionate caregivers who helped her during this time.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home in Hartford and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Chapel of Saint Therese at the Basilica of Holy Hill in Hubertus. A Mass of Resurrection will follow at 10 a.m. in the chapel. Entombment follows at noon at Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to St. Mary of the Hill Parish in Hubertus. The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home-Hartford is serving the family: www.berndt-ledesma.com.