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Cathleen Lorraine (Butke) Firkus

Sep 15, 1977 - Jan 14, 2019


Cathleen Firkus, age 41 of Francis Creek, passed away at home on January 14, 2019 after a life long battle with depression. She is survived by her mother, Kathleen D. (Pellegrino) Butke; children: daughter, Alexis Nikole, son, Reilly Erich and daughter, Aubree Denise. She is further survived by her grandmother, Marjorie (Marty) Butke as well as aunts and uncles, Susan (Jay) Stickney, Catherine (Charlie) Campbell; Barbara Ann (Kevin) Wilkins; Steven (Kris) Butke and Robert (Cindy) Butke; Kellyann (Swanson) Miller along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Cathleen was preceded in death by her father, Fritz E. Butke, grandfathers, Joseph E. Swanson and Fritz G. Butke, and grandmother, Catherine L. (Horner) Swanson.


Cathleen was born in Stratford, NJ and spent her formative years primarily in New Jersey and Virginia. Cathleen’s adult years were in Wisconsin but she was always a “Jersey Girl” at heart. Cathleen attended Indian River High School in Chesapeake, VA and Woodbury High School in Woodbury, NJ. She graduated from Woodbury High School in 1995.  She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Cathleen made friends where ever she traveled or settled. Unselfish with a winning smile, Cathleen was big hearted and always thought of others first. She was creative, intelligent, and didn’t like to rely on others. She was loving and hard working. When she loved someone or something she did so with her whole heart. Her greatest joy in her life were her children.

At the time of her passing, she worked at T-Mobile in Green Bay.

A Celebration of Cathleen’s Life will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at St. John St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1251 W. Washington Ave., Cleveland, WI, from 4:00 p.m. until the time of memorial service at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is set up for the benefit of Cathleen’s children.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Date: Wednesday Jan 23, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Location: St. John St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church [map]

Memorial Service

Date: Wednesday Jan 23, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: St. John St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church [map]



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Kevin & Laura Gabrielson

We are so sorry to hear of Cathleen’s passing ~. I hope you find strength in every sunrise and peace in every sunset~. Sending Angels to watch over everyone in the family ~.

Ed and Jackie Bichler

Kathy - Ed and I are very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


I want to offer my sincere condolences for the loss of your dear Cathleen. Please know that the Almighty God is aware of the sufferings your dear Cathleen had. In Psalms 34:18 it mentions that “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted;He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Go promises to soon end death forever and reunite you with your dear daughter and mother but to a world free from any form of sickness, sorrow or pain.(Isaiah 25:8; Acts 24:15)

Roseann Pellegrino Pedrick

My Dear Sister I'm so sorry for your loss...l wish l could have met her. Heaven just got another angel Be Strong My Little Sister for we will meet and love in another place

Gary Courant

You were a great and fun friend that I will miss dearly. May you fly with the angels.

Shane Vaughan

Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with y’all in this difficult time. We loved all our Indian River Braves family. She will be truly missed

Christopher E Brown Sr.

Kim Majeske-Klepp

Ohh Kathleen and very sorry for your loss..thoughts and prayers for all of you.

Lisa Coenen

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Cat years ago when she was married to Dan and her daughter Lexi was much younger. I know she was struggling back then already. My condolences go out to the whole family. Always hold her in your hearts. RIP dear Cathleen.

Jody Allen

Kathleen I am praying for you and am sending wishes for moments of peace and comfort as you hold dear the memories of your daughter. We will keep your grand children in our thoughts as you grief your and their loss together..

Susan Van Hoven

I'm heartbroken for you Kathy. I wiil keep your daughter in my prayers. May God bless the repose of her soul and may He shine His perpetual light upon her. ❤️

Mandy bark ( zanzie)

I know we didn't get along well at school however we did make peace with one another and became friends. I loved seeing your fb pics of you and the children and hearing that you are no longer here with us just broke my heart. I will miss you terribly.

Jason Bishop

You will be missed young lady, I only hope you're at peace!!!

Debra Linehan

I am so sorry for your loss she will be very much missed by all who loved her

Heather Crawford

I am so so sorry for your loss Cathleen and I had been friends since Grade school. We often talk led over the last few years as we had similar struggles. I will miss her dearly. And will pray for everyone.

Ericka Litten

I didnt know her that well, but i do remember being friends with her in Intermediate school, I think 5th or 6th grade. She was always very nice, sweet and funny. I am so sorry for your family's loss, may God Bless you all.

Amy Renee Denton

Sara Vnuk

Thinking of you & your family my friend, you will be missed!!

David Becker

Kathleen, please know you are in my prayers. If there's anything I can do please let me know

Erin Hermes Del Vecchio

Cathleen was my oldest and dearest friend. I’m so hearbroken, as we all are. You will forever be missed and loved.

Gary Carpenter

My deepest condolences to Lexi and family. Kathleen will be missed deeply.