Obit: Sarafin, Laura F. (1939 – 2019)


Surnames: Sarafin, Sandhiyagu, Placzkowski, Pogodzinski, Gustafson, Solie, Miner

----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 27 Mar 2019

Sarafin, Laura F. (21 JUN 1939 – 19 MAR 2019)

Laura F. Sarafin, age 79, of Thorp, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 25, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig , Catholic Church in Thorp with Rev. Baskaran Sandhiyagu officiating. Private interment will be held at a later date. Visitation was held at the church on Monday, March 25, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Laura Frances Placzkowski was born on June 21, 1939, in the Town of Withee, rural Thorp, the daughter of Louis and Frances (Pogodzinski)Placzkowski. She was raised on the family farm and received her elementary education t at the Sunny Lawn School and St. Hedwig's Catholic School and graduated from Thorp High School in 1958. After completing her education, Laura worked at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire as a nurses' aid. She was united in marriage to Frank S. Sarafin on; September 25, 1959, at St. Hedwig's Chapel in Thorp.

They moved to Milwaukee for one year before returning to Thorp to raise their family. Laura later worked as a waitress at the Char Lounge Restaurant and Club 73 for many years. Her last job, as the manager of the Rock Dam Campground for 19 years, gave her much enjoyment. After retiring, Laura spent her time around her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She had many interests, but especially enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, baking, drawing, and also volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader. She was a member of St. Bernard- St. Hedwig Catholic Church and its Parish Council of Catholic Women.

Laura is survived by her husband, Frank Sarafin of Chippewa Falls; five children: Donald Sarafin of St. Paul, MN, Dale (Sheila) Sarafin of River Falls, Stewart (Deb) Sarafin of Stanley, Corinne (Douglas) Gustafson of Stanley, and Patrick Sarafin of Cadott; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Bernice (Cedric) Solie of Thorp; and one brother, Leon (Pauline) Placzkowski of Port Ludlow, WA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her son, Scott Sarafin; her step-granddaughter, Elizabeth Miner; and her brother, Louis Piatt, Jr.

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