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Serena E. Quackenboss

October 30, 1921 July 29, 2019
Serena E. Quackenboss
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Obituary for Serena E. Quackenboss

Serena (Knaus) Quackenboss, 97,  died on July 29, 2019 at Hospice Home of Hope   in Fond du Lac, WI. She was born on October 30, 1921 to Edwin and Pauline (Burg) Knaus in Johnsburg, WI.  The family later moved to St. Joe  where she attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School and graduated from Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac, WI.    On January 31, 1942 Serena and Roman Quackenboss were married at St. Joseph Church and were blessed with five children.

While raising her children Serena pursued a career in waitressing and received her training at the Retlaw Hotel.   She worked at several Fond du Lac restaurants serving all guests in a professional yet friendly manner for which she gained the appreciation and respect of the patrons.  Later, Serena worked at the G & L Davis Plant as an assembler in electronics until she retired in 1983 after 17 years.

Serena was a sports enthusiast who loved watching baseball, golf, and football.  While her sister Virgie was still living the two of them kept the telephone lines going during games helping them to feel like they were enjoying the event together despite the miles between them.

Card playing was another way for Serena to stay connected with friends through the years.  She especially could be counted on for a game of Bridge, Sheepshead, Pinochle, or Hand and Foot.

Among the many friends that Serena enjoyed, she cherished the support and spiritual growth she found in the Christian Women’s Aglow Group.  Even when the group formally disbanded some of the women continued to get together for prayer and discussion.

Another valued connection in which Serena found meaning was her work with Sister Blandine Eisele as they ministered through AA and Al-Anon activities. That friendship was a source of peace and contributed to Serena’s ever deepening faith life.

Serena taught her children the value of discipline with love and set the example which they followed in raising their own children.  She was strong and principled throughout her life.  Serena had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother and her unending walk with Jesus comforts us in the belief that both were there to welcome her into eternity.

Serena will be sadly missed by many but most of all by her family.  She is survived by four children: Jerry (Connie Guse) Quackenboss of Fond du Lac, WI, Thomas (Cate Hollander- Manowske) Quackenboss of Lodi, WI, Mary Jo O’Brien, of Waupaca, WI and Andrew (Mary Jo Herro) of Cedarburg, WI, eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Serena is further survived by siblings Helen Olig, Annamae Schwartz, Carol Schneider, James Knaus and numerous nieces and nephews and her dear friend Cecelia Martin.

Serena was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Roman Quackenboss, Bernard Coller and Donald Steffes, her son Kenneth Quackenboss, son-in-law, James O'Brien, sisters and brothers-in-law:  Zelda (Jim) Blonigen, Virginia (Vince) Demshar, Rose (Gregor) Klinzing, Martina (Don) Steffes, and sister-in-law Dolores Knaus, along with several nieces and nephews.

SERVICES: Serena’s family invites friends and relatives for a time of visitation at St. Francis Chapel, 33 Everett Street, Fond du Lac, on Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:15 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:30 PM.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Serena’s name to St. Agnes Hospice Hope – Building and Grounds.


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Visitation

Thursday

1

Aug

1:00 PM 8/1/2019 1:00:00 PM - 2:15 PM 8/1/2019 2:15:00 PM
St. Francis Home Chapel

33 Everett Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

St. Francis Home Chapel
33 Everett Street Fond du Lac 54935 WI
United States

Service

Thursday

1

Aug

2:30 PM 8/1/2019 2:30:00 PM - 3:30 PM 8/1/2019 3:30:00 PM
St. Francis Home Chapel

33 Everett Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

St. Francis Home Chapel
33 Everett Street Fond du Lac 54935 WI
United States
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