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Kathy L. Nuenke

Kathy L. Nuenke

March 24, 2020

Kathy L. Nuenke left us for her “happy place” March 24th, 2020 at her home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Kathy was born in Chippewa Falls December 27th, 1955 to Joseph A. Gilles and Mary M. (Grohn) Gilles of Cadott.  She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Cadott High School and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

On January 3rd, 1981, Kathy married Kenneth L. Nuenke in Eau Claire.  She learned to downhill ski while in college and enjoyed skiing while working at ski resorts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Colorado.   Kathy spent 29 years as accountant, and as administrative assistant to the director  in the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.  She created From the Vine Wine Room in Eau Claire, where she loved introducing patrons to new wines and making new friends.

Kathy volunteered her time and talent with the Eau Claire County Humane Association, Feed My People, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, and Jacob’s Well.   Her volunteer roles led her to travel to Peru, New Orleans, South Carolina, and as a Vacation Bible School teacher on a boat through southeast Alaska.   As a beloved aunt, she officiated at weddings of a niece and a nephew.  Kathy loved being in the outdoors, going to the cabin near Gordon, riding on Ken’s motorcycle, and walking with the dogs.  In the past year she found a new love of kayaking, which she also called her “happy place.”

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; dogs, Bruin, Parker and Gunner. She is survived by her husband, Ken; dog, Flint; sister, Deb (Peter) Nordgren of Cornucopia, Wi; brother, Joe D (Jane) Gilles of Cadott, Wi; brothers in law, Dennis (Linette) Nuenke, Jerry (Dawn) Nuenke, Ron Nuenke, and Curt (Gina) Nuenke; sisters in law, Jean (Ron) Bartz, Janet Rominski (Dave); and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date, to be announced.  Memorials may be made to the Eau Claire County Humane Association at eccha.org, or Bob’s House for Dogs, bobshousefordogs.org.   Ken would like to thank the staff at Mayo Hospice and the doctors and nurses who helped care for Kathy.


A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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  • Karen Rabideaux I am so blessed that Kathy crossed my path in life. She was a blessing to all who knew her especially the pets she loved so much. The Eau Claire County Humane Association was lucky to have her as a volunteer and advocate for as long as we did before Kathy became ill. I feel so fortunate I was able to hug and talk with Kathy at the ECCHA's latest fundraiser The Cat's Meow in November. To know she was living life to the fullest until God called on her is comforting during these troubling times. My thoughts and prayers to her wonderful husband and family.

    April 6 at 11:33am

  • Carol Carlson Pilgrim Kathy and I went to school together from kindergarten through graduation at CHS. We were best friends in grade school staying over night at each others' homes. As always, your paths go different directions but Kathy has always been such a great friend. We missed her at our high school reunion in fall 2019. We will always have a chair for you at the rest of them. You all have my deepest sympathy. Kathy, may you be at peace now and in your happy place.

    April 1 at 8:51am

  • Carl Bahnson I had the pleasure of working with Kathy all her 29 years thru the health department. She was kind, helpful, smart and the consummate problem solver. She was an all star every day and every way. God speed Kathy.

    March 28 at 6:17pm

  • Jim Ryder I have been blessed to have known you for over 30 years. You are a very special person & have left our community a much better place. With your true kindness & listening to people have made unlimited friendships. I never heard you say a bad word about anyone over our years. Rest In Peace.

    March 28 at 4:41PM

  • Tim and Diane Jasperson So hard to believe she is gone, but she well deserves her “happy place”
    What comes to mind when I think of Kathy is beauty inside and out. Sending our prayers and comfort to all of you whatever that may be

    March 27 at 8:52AM

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