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Shirley J. Sackmann

April 9, 1948 ~ March 14, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old


Shirley J. Sackmann, 74, died Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at her home after a two-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

She was born April 9, 1948, in Waukesha, daughter of the late Joseph and Dolores (Martin) Magarich.  On October 24, 1970, she married Roger Sackmann at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Watertown.

Shirley retired as a food service manager from Rib Mountain Elementary School.  She was involved in the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.  She volunteered and worked at many of their camps including Akela’s World Scout Camp, Tesomas Scout Camp, and Camp Del O’Claire.  She taught CCD for many years.  She also enjoyed spending time gardening, landscaping her big yard,  and crafting projects with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Sackmann; children, Todd (fiancé Rayna Bancuk) Sackmann, Diane (Lekneh Workneh) Sackmann, Matt (special friend Jenn Quinn) Sackmann, Brian (Sandy) Sackmann, and Paul (Gretchen) Sackmann; grandchildren, Brecken, Brynn, Jack, Grant, Max, Luke (Samantha), Sam, Amy, Tim, Veronica, Dominic, Reed, Addy, Julia and Keira; great-grandchildren, Parker and Landon; sisters, Dorothy (Tony) Mueller and Sally Smith; brother, Gene (Marlene) Magarich.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Kenny Magarich, brother-in-law, Tom Smith and sister-in-law, Susie Magarich.

Shirley's children would like to thank their dad for the exceptional efforts he made caring for his wife through her illness, making the last few years as special as possible.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 1, 2023 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Wausau.  Rev. Sebastian Kolodziejczyk will preside.  Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.  Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2023 at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Ave., Wausau and again on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

Flowers are welcomed, and her family also encourages donations to a charity of your choice that would honor Shirley's legacy.

Online condolences may be expressed at


March 31, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home
3400 Stewart Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401

April 1, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Matthew Catholic Church
229 South 28th Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401

Funeral Mass
April 1, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Matthew Catholic Church (Wausau)


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