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Dolly J. Pesik
Dolly Pesik
Dolly J. Pesik, 1916-2014 - photo by Contributed/Picha Funeral Home

Dolly J. Pesik, age 98 years, of Kendall, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

She was born on Jan. 20, 1916 to Royal and Lilly (Altwize) Cox at home on a farm between Mt. Tabor and Trippville.  Dolly was united in marriage to Jake Pesik on Nov. 17, 1932 at Burr Ridge.  They had 5 children: Sylvia Ann (Pesik) Woodard, Bobby Pesik, Richard Pesik, Eugene Pesik and Donna Mae (Pesik) Bateman.

Dolly worked at home raising her children and working in her large garden, canning and helping with the farm work.  She worked at Tillman’s Produce for 10 years.  They bought a farm outside of Kendall, where she lived for fifty years.  She worked at Ray-O-Vac for 17 years and retired in 1981.  She then worked for Monroe County Services with home care for four years.  At the age of 72, she stayed at home and went back to gardening and keeping her lawn well kept.  She also pieced many quilts in her time spent indoors.  She was a member of the Faith Independent Baptist Church in Ontario.  She moved to Kendall Senior Housing in 2006.  She lived there for her remaining days.

Survivors include her daughter, Sylvia Woodard of Kendall; 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 20 great great grandchildren.  She will be missed by many other relatives and friends.

Preceded her in death were her parents; husband, Jake on March 27, 1979; infant son, Bobby; sons, Richard and Eugene; daughter, Donna; two brothers, Jim and Roy Cox; and a great great grandchild, Ocean Decise.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Faith Independent Baptist Church in Ontario with Pastor Mike Gjefle officiating.  Burial was in the Mount Tabor Cemetery.  Friends called at the Picha Funeral Home in Elroy on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the Church on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m.  For online information go to