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Christel U. Szopieray

August 15, 1953 September 28, 2019
Christel U. Szopieray
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Christel U. Szopieray, age 66 of rural Cambria, died peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 at the Columbia Co. Health Care Center in Wyocena.

Christel was born at home, the only child to Florian and Ilse Ericka (Klossek) Szopieray on August 15, 1953. She was a 1971 graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Milwaukee and continued her education in Engineering at UW-Milwaukee with a BS in 1978 and Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1983 with an Associate Degree. She was employed at various companies, including Milwaukee International Congress, Milwaukee County as an industrial engineer then in data processing, Goodwill Industries in Milwaukee and United Scale & Engineering. Christel was united in marriage to John Sparks on Dec. 2, 1989 in Milwaukee. In the early 2000’s, Christel and John moved to their home in rural Cambria. Christel will always be remembered as a philanthropist. Her love for humanity, animals and a better world could be witnessed every day. She, along with her husband John, donated too many communities, organizations and individuals. They gave of themselves their time, energy, items and monetary donations to anyone who was in need, asking of nothing in return. Christel had the ability to befriend any one at anytime, anywhere and could converse with them for hours. Christel’s beaming smile and sparkle in her eye will be missed by all who knew her.

Christel will be sadly missed and mourned by her husband, John Sparks of rural Cambria; granddaughter, Shelby Marie Sparks of Mayville; Shelby’s mother, Caryn Adam also of Mayville; her “adopted” daughters and “Besties”, Rachael Moon Taylor, June Witthun, Joanna Lessor and Karen Walters; other relatives and many friends.

Christel was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Nathan Sparks and her rescue dogs, Max, Tiger, Sasha and Bandit.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at the Hughes Barn, W1441 Vaughn Rd. Cambria, with Rev. Kristin Frederich officiating. Relatives and friends may call on the family from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hughes Barn. A fellowship luncheon will follow at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in Christel’s name to Jason Luther Fundraiser, c/o Sandy Luther, N4743 Lowville Rd, Rio WI 53960 or to the Living Hope Food Pantry, 103 W. Spring St. Fox Lake WI 53933.

The Kratz-Smedema Funeral Home in Cambria is serving the family. For more information or online condolences, please visit www.kratzfh.com.


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Visitation

Friday

18

Oct

1:00 PM 10/18/2019 1:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 10/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
Hughes Barn

W1441 Vaughn Road
Cambria, Wisconsin 53923

Hughes Barn
W1441 Vaughn Road Cambria 53923 Wisconsin
United States

Service

Friday

18

Oct

3:00 PM 10/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
Hughes Barn

W1441 Vaughn Road
Cambria, Wisconsin 53923

A fellowship luncheon will follow the service also to be held at Hughes Barn at 4:00 p.m.

Hughes Barn
W1441 Vaughn Road Cambria 53923 Wisconsin
United States

Memorial Contribution

Jason Luther Fundraiser

N4743 Lowville Rd
Rio, Wisconsin 53960

Fox Lake Food Pantry

103 W. State St.
Fox Lake, Wisconsin 53933
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