Marge Bacic of Eagle River, Wis., died peacefully Monday, March 29, 2021, at Dianne’s Home in the Northwoods. She was 93.

The lines on her face tell of a long-lived adventure that she has shared with many and enlightened them.

Marge was born March 6, 1928, to Leo and Margaret (Stevens) Churchill.

She attended school in Eagle River until they moved to Milwaukee, Wis.,  during the war.

She took pride in being the band majorette and a figure skater in Eagle River and a 1945 graduate of St. Stanislaus High School, Milwaukee.

Born and raised in the Catholic faith Marge never forgot her roots. The Eagle River homestead where Marge grew up is where Seifert’s Laundry is located now.

In her younger years she was married to Robert Dresel in 1950, and Carl Bacic in 1954.

She taught baton twirling and figure skating.

She then moved to Galesburg, Ill., where she was a telephone operator and worked in a drugstore.

There she married Leo Joseph Casey on Nov. 8, 1958. Together Marge and Leo moved to Lake Mills, and Leo worked for Zeloski’s Muck Farms as a truck driver for the next 40 years.

In 1961, they had one daughter, Marle Jo, their combined names created her name.   

Marge was active with volunteer work, especially class projects at school and got to know all of Marle’s classmates, and created very memorable “theme” birthday parties for Marle that they still talk about.

She also was a leader for the Girl Scouts and 4-H, and known for her fancy gift-wrapping skills that she would give demonstrations on to groups.

Every year we would take a “truckers holiday” family vacation and as a family we saw 48 states, 35 national parks and seven provinces of Canada.

In 1990, Lynn and Marle had their son, Kurtis Cody (KC), and the new title of grandma was the one she wore the proudest. Along with a ready-made family with Lynn’s other children and a great-granddaughter, this always kept Ma busy.

Leo and Marge later went to Alaska. Leo preceded her in death on Jan. 4, 1994. 

Bingo also was a passion of hers and she still participated in club activities.

Following our family north, Ma moved back to Eagle River, getting involved in numerous clubs, the Historical Society, Kal­mar Senior Center, St. Peter’s Thrift Shop, Relay For Life, Red Hats and oh so much more; there was a lot of “social butterflying” to do.

She loved dressing up in costumes for holidays and accessorized always.

Warm The Children was a charity in which she volunteered for 18 years.

Playing cards and Bingo were still the highlights —“Oh, I was so close.”

Her whole life she also collected lambs and chickens and several other knick-knacks. Marge also looked for and pressed four-leaf clovers.

She remarried Carl Bacic June 13, 1998, and they enjoyed music and dancing and revisiting ol’ stomping grounds.

The VFW became their second family and she would wait tables there.

Carl preceded her in death July 29, 2004. 

Marge has seen many things come and go through the years, she has said goodbye to many friends and family members and, unfortunately, the last few years had also taken much of her memory.  

Our family would like to express our deepest thanks and gratitude to any of the people who were involved with “Margie’s” care these past two years. The Ascension staff always took good care of her and there aren’t enough words to express to the very warm and loving people at Dianne’s Home in the Northwoods, how appreciative we are of you and all of your efforts creating a loving environment for Ma in a confusing time of her life.

Thank you to all friends and family who have embraced Marge with your caring ways and friendship throughout the years.  If you hear a strange noise sometime, it’s probably Ma hollering “BINGO!” through the clouds. She’s quite the Skook. 

Marge leaves behind her daughter, Marle, son-in-law, Lynn, and grandson, Kurtis Punzel, all of Conover; grandchildren, Diane and Robert Miller, Donald and Janine Punzel, Darlene Davis, Dennis Punzel, Dale and Laura Punzel, David and Sarah Punzel and Daniel Punzel; great-grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Miller, Nathan Punzel, Rachel and Ryan Radloff, Jacob and Jaclyn Davis, Kyle and Mikayla Punzel, Tyler, Ryan and Natalie Punzel, Hunter, Elizabeth and Aubrey Punzel; and was preceded in death by Jesse Punzel; great-great-grandchildren, Beth­any, Noah and Owen Rad­loff.

Marge also leaves behind an Aunt Fran Stevens, many Stevens-side cousins, and their families; two sisters-in-law, Helena Radloff and Rose Marie Casey; and many Casey-side nieces and nephews and their families. 

Funeral services for Margaret Casey-Bacic will be held at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church on Hwy. G, Eagle River, Friday, April 9, 2021, with visitation at 10 a.m, Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. and burial in St. Peter’s cemetery to follow. 

Hold out your frail hands Ma, and God will lead you home. 

Arrangements by Gaff­ney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com

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