Obituaries are a service of Brainard Funeral Home, with locations in Wausau and Weston.
Ika Jean Volm, 48, of Weston passed away peacefully Monday, June 8, 2020, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Born June 21, 1971, in Wausau to the late Robert and Mary (Meyers) Volm. She graduated from Marathon High School in 1989. Ika worked at the Marshfield Clinic, Kmart and tended bar throughout her lifetime.
Ika was born with a very rare disease called Vater’s Syndrome and spent much of her childhood at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital away from her siblings and parents. Ika did not meet all her siblings until she was 2 years old when she came home for the first time. Although she went through many surgeries, including three kidney transplants, one from her sister Lisa, one from her brother Rory and another from an unknown individual, she enjoyed life to the fullest. She accomplished everything on her bucket list from skydiving to going to Disney World. The only thing she did not get to do was a hot air balloon ride. She loved to go shopping, Sunday drives, motorcycle rides with Guy, old cars and car shows, flowers, especially daisies and carnations, her trips, visits and lunches with her friends Jan and Irene, and attending the races on Thursday night to watch her nephews Jeremy, Travis and Alex race. She was their biggest fan! You could never find a bigger Green Bay Packers or Wisconsin Badgers fan.
Making family memories was very important to Ika, especially when the family all got together for their Christmas celebrations. The only time she missed a family function was if she was hospitalized or too sick to go and that was not very often if she had anything to do with it. In her journal she kept, she often wrote she will begin her new journey with a heart full of memories.
She is survived by the love of her life, Guy Gauger and his son Blake, four sisters and six brothers, Debbie (Gerhard) Bohn, Georgia, Randy (Kathy) Volm, Mosinee, Melanie Volm, Ladysmith, Rick (Trisha) Volm, Marathon, Sheri Volm, Marathon, Lisa (David) Stahnke, Medford, Robert (Brenda) Volm, Wausau, Ronald (Becky) Volm, Wausau, Rory (Tammy) Volm, Edgar, and Scott (Annie) Volm, Mosinee. Ika has 27 nieces and nephews, 35 great nieces and nephews and one great-great nephew, many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one niece, Charity Kay Volm.
We would like to thank the nurses, the dialysis team, and doctors who cared for Ika in her final days of life. A very special thank you to Dr. Abrego and his nurse Sherry for all the care, understanding and love they gave Ika the past 20 years. You were more than just a physician and a nurse to her. To our Aunt Eileen, you were Ika’s rock, thank you for visiting and sitting with her during dialysis sessions. She so loved you.
Funeral services will be on Friday, June 12, 2020, at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Diermeier will preside. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Marathon. Public Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. until noon when the service will begin for the family. Social distancing guidelines will be practiced.
Agnes B. Burazin, 86, of Birnamwood died peacefully on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at the Homme Home of Wittenberg with family by her side.
She was born on Feb. 5, 1934, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Walter and Nettie (Inman) Strieff.
On June 27, 1953, Agnes was united in marriage to John Burazin in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death on Nov. 18, 2015.
In the 1960s, John and Agnes moved to Birnamwood and had a hobby farm. They raised beef cattle, chickens and other animals.
Agnes was a homemaker and also baby sat for many local children through the years. She served as a trustee on the Birnamwood Village Board for several years. Agnes was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Birnamwood, and was a Sunday School teacher and served on the church council. Agnes enjoyed playing cards and bowling.
Family was very important to Agnes and she cherished all of the family get-togethers.
Survivors include her children, David (Jan) Burazin of Weston, Dennis (MaryAnne) Burazin of Wausau, Denise (Karl) Behm of Birnamwood, Donald (Diana) Burazin of Wittenberg, Dale Burazin of Kronenwetter, Debra (Leo) Korbisch of Birnamwood, Diane (Gustave) Weller of Wittenberg and Dawn (Jerry) Chuilli of Wittenberg; 22 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother, Fred (Sonja) Strieff; in-laws, Juanita Strieff, Tony (Carleen) Burazin and Stella Burazin and many other relatives and friends.
Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; daughter-in-law, Lori Burazin; granddaughter, Michelle Chuilli; foster son, Paul Predzik and siblings, William Strieff, Barbara Bronecki and Patsy Hartsock.
A celebration of Agnes’s life will be held at a later date. Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Memories and messages of support may be shared at schmidtschulta.com.