Jean F. Kafura

Jean F. Kafura, 84, of Big Lake, Gresham, and formerly of Appleton, passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Born on July 25, 1929, in Appleton, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Edith (Gerharz) Fellows.

On Nov. 28, 1947, Jean was united in marriage to Frederick Kafura, who preceded her in death on Jan. 12, 2008. Jean loved the holidays, especially decorating, cooking and baking, and liked to refer to herself as a household engineer. She enjoyed antiques and nature, in particular, wildflowers and bird-watching. She also enjoyed traveling, especially trips with Fred to Europe and later winters in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., visiting friends and family. Jean was an exceptionally giving individual, volunteering with the Outagamie County Cancer Society and also at the Appleton Medical Center Gift Shop, where she especially enjoyed arranging the window displays. She was a former officer and lifetime member of the AMC Hospital Auxiliary and was very involved with the Red Barn in Shawano. Jean was a member of the Appleton Y’s Menettes and the Gresham Women’s Club. She was very involved in the Salem United Methodist Church, especially the building committee and the church’s annual bazaar. Jean traveled far and wide in search of the area’s best pie and ice cream and enjoyed sharing her findings with those who asked.

Jean is survived by her sons, John (Jane), Kim (Connie), David (Kathy); daughters, Jody and Kerry; grandchildren, Brian, Mark, Heidi, Jason, Errick, Peter; brother-in-law, John (Molly); niece, Heidi Garvin; nephews, Craig and Christopher (Vicki) Kafura, Dick and Bob Fellows; and her beloved cat, Maggie. She is preceded in death by her husband, Frederick, her parents and her brother, Keith Fellows.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at the Salem United Methodist Church in Red River with the Rev. Loretta Waegli officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nurses and the staff at the Shawano Medical Center, ThedaCare Hospice, Dr. Mortara and his staff and Dr. Qualheim. The family would also like to thank family members who made it possible for her to be at home in her final days, including Kerry, Peter, Jody and Kim. Memorials may be directed to the Salem United Methodist Church in Red River.