Carla Jean Strozinsky, 64, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at the Tomah Veterans Hospice Center.

She was the daughter of Hollis and Val (Kube) Strozinsky. She has left behind many loving family members including mother, Val; siblings, Christine (Ray) Habelman, Mark (Bonnie) Strozinsky, Michael (Sara) Strozinsky, Connie (Troy) Lau, Carol (Bryan) Netsch, Jim (Hope) Strozinsky, and Kay (Chris) Contino; along with 16 nieces and nephews; 15 great-nieces and nephews; dear friends; and her faithful dog, Fritz.

Carla proudly served in the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston and was honorably discharged in 1974. She then completed a successful career as a pharmacy technician at Columbia St. Mary’s hospital in Milwaukee, where she retired in 2014.

She was blessed to spend her last few years at her beloved home on Surprise Lake in Townsend, Wis., where she always welcomed family and friends. There she also served her community as a Eucharistic minister for her church, St. Mary’s of the Lake, in Lakewood, Wis.

Carla was an avid card player, winning most hands at euchre and at cribbage. Her knitting and sewing skills were unmatched and her love for crossword puzzles had them stacked up throughout her home. She was also an avid Brewers fan, bookworm, and Mountain Dew lover. She had a heart of gold and was always willing to help if she could. She was unafraid to speak her mind and be herself, and she was truly loved by those who knew her.

She will be missed beyond words, thoughts and feelings.

The family deeply appreciates the loving care given by the entire staff at the Tomah Veterans Hospice Center and the warm wishes of all friends and extended family.

A celebration of life will be held from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at Torkelson Funeral Home, 2224 Superior Ave., Tomah, concluding with full military honors by Tomah VFW Post 1382 WI. Rosary will be held at 2:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Carla’s name can be directed to the Wisconsin Humane Society,