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AGE: 97


ADDRESS: 702 W. Dolf St. Colby Former Rib Lake Area Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 7:15 AM May 25, 2014 at Colonial Center Nursing Home in Colby


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 28 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Colby


OFFICIATING: Father Daniel Hackel


INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place in Calvary Cemetery in Reedsburg, WI


VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 28 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Colby


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 14, 1916 in Reedsburg WI in the Town of Winfield


EDUCATION: Attended Sandhill Graded School in Sauk County


MARRIAGE: April 29, 1939 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Reedsburg to James P. Casey and he preceded her in death on December 29, 1987


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: While growing up, Arvilla worked on the family dairy farm. She then worked in Madison for a period of time. After her marriage, they moved to Milwaukee where they lived for 10 years. She was employed at Blackhawk Tannery during that time. They then moved to Baraboo where they lived until 1980. They then moved to Rib Lake and lived there until 2005 when she moved to Colby. Arvilla was a volunteer at Hope Hospice. She also helped others by driving them to Dr. appointments or to purchase groceries. She enjoyed knitting, embroidery and most importantly her grandchildren and great grandchildren.


MEMBER OF: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, also Christian Mothers at the former St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for many years.


4 LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Dan (Connie) Casey of Wisconsin Rapids, Monica (Bill) Tesmer of Colby, Kevin (Anna) Casey of Gilbert, AZ, Tim Casey of Chicago, IL


6 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Mike, Sean, Caitlin and Cristin Casey, Brooke and Brendan Tesmer, Bradley, Andrew and Matthew Kells


DAUGHTER-IN-LAW: Kathleen Casey of Mauston


CHILDREN DECEASED: James Casey on May 16, 2012
2 Grandsons: Michael Casey and an infant Grandson


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers: Francis, Leo, Harry, Bernard and William Horkan
Sister: Mary Riphahn




DECEASED MOTHER: Nellie E. Horkan (Maiden Name: McCabe)


OTHER INFORMATION: Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake assisted the family with arrangements
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