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Helen M. Osimitz (Rezutek)

June 28, 1933 — November 29, 2022



Helen M. Osimitz (Rezutek), age 89, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, while residing at Country Terrace in Tomahawk, and while under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services.  She was born on June 28, 1933, to the late Peter P. and Mary M. (Labanz) Rezutek in Rib Lake, WI. She was the second youngest of 11 children.  Helen attended Mud Lake & Fawn Valley grade schools and graduated from Rib Lake High School in 1950. She met Donald L. Osimitz, and the two were married on March 13, 1954, in Crown Point, IN.  Sadly, he passed away in 1981.  She worked in Milwaukee at Perfox.  Helen and her husband then moved to Chicago and were blessed with 5 children.  Later, they moved to Wausau.  Helen greatly enjoyed growing her own vegetables, canning those vegetables, and tending to her beautiful flower gardens.  Camping and fishing at Broken Bow Campground in Lac Du Flambeau were a few of her favorite hobbies that she looked forward to every year.  Helen was a fantastic cook and baker!  At Christmastime, she enjoyed baking her family’s favorite cookies and her holiday specialty was her famous Pierogi!  At Easter, her special dish to prepare was borscht ~ a breakfast delight. Helen was a previous member of the “Woman of the Moose” in Wausau.  She was a wonderful homemaker and mom, and she will never be forgotten.

Helen is survived by her loving and devoted children: Joseph (Cathy) Osimitz of Marathon, WI, Debra (Richard) Sillars of Bozeman, MT, Don (Zoa) Osimitz of Citra, FL, Robert (Laurie) Osimitz of Lake Tomahawk, WI, and Greg (Linda) Osimitz of Merrill, WI, 17 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 2 special nieces: Jean Gerstberger and Peggy Katzfey, along with many other nieces and nephews.  She will also be sadly missed by her fur-babies: “Boo”, “Lizzy”, and “Shawnee”.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Donald L. Osimitz, 1 great grandson and 10 brothers and sisters, as well as their spouses.

A Celebration of Life for Helen will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at 12:30 pm at Waid Funeral Home in Merrill.  Father Louis Maram Reddy will officiate. 

The family is very grateful for the caregivers at Country Terrace and their love and attention shown to them and Helen during her stay there.

In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to RAD (Rescue, Adopt and Donate) at 134523 Skye Falls Drive, Marathon, WI, 54448 or the New Life Pet Adoption Center at 125 Cattail Ave, Marathon City, WI 54448.  Pets were always very near and dear to Helen’s heart.

Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences are encouraged and may be made at

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Service Schedule

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Celebration of Life

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

12:30 - 1:30 pm (Central time)

Waid Funeral and Cremation Service

301 Eagle Dr, Merrill, WI 54452

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