Silvaline Pickruhn, age 106, died Tuesday, July 18, 2023, at Athenian Assisted Living, Athens, WI. Silvaline was born April 7, 1917, in the Town of Rib Falls to the late Bernard and Emma (Huehnerfuss) Brandt. Silvaline married Harley Pickruhn June 3, 1939, at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Rib Falls. Together they had two sons Jerome and Cyrus. Silvaline and Harley farmed in the Town of Hamburg until 1966 when they moved to Wausau. There she set up her weaving loom making beautiful rag rugs for family and friends with Harley sewing and her working the loom. In their earlier years they traveled to various states along with a special trip to Germany. Summers were always spent at their cottage ‘Up North’.
Silvaline is survived by her sister Pearl Sekorski, Wausau; daughter-in-laws Carol Pickruhn, Marathon and Lorraine Pickruhn-France, Boise, ID; grandchildren David Pickruhn (Marathon), Barb (Korey) Kaldunski, Athens, Dale (Terese) Pickruhn, Wausau, Jody (Tina) Pickruhn, Ishpeming, MI, Stacy (Arthur Eslinger) Pickruhn, Boise Idaho, great-grandchildren Tarrah (Anthony) Bennish, Briah (Christopher) Perry, Megan (Taylor) Chappel, Logan Pickruhn, Quinn & Zeke Eslinger, Miles & Foster Pickruhn and great-great grandchildren, Grant, Alayna, Jace & Sylvia with two more on the way; and many extended family and friends. Silvaline was preceded in death by her husband, Harley; her two sons, Jerome and Cyrus; her brothers and their wives, Lewellyn (Mabel) Brandt, Lawrence (Anita) Brandt, Levi (Ethel) Brandt, Marvin Brandt, Milton (Arlene) Brandt, Ervin (Helen) Brandt, Lilas (Eileen) Brandt and Walter (Marion) Brandt; her sister Clarice (Harold) Kopplin; her brother-in-law John Sekorski.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 21, 2023, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 135237 CTH Road A, Marathon. Pastor Will Ostrem will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com. The family would like to extend a heartfelt word of thanks to her special friend Ellen for her daily visits, Lori & Lisa and all the staff and residents at Athenian Assisted Living for their care and friendship to Silvaline during her time there.
Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your soul. 1 Peter 1: 8-9.