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Catherine A. (Kate) Meurette, 84, Wausau, passed away September 25, 2017, surrounded by loving family at her home. She was born on July 3, 1933, in Rhinelander, WI, to Oscar and Diana Jacobson. After graduating from Rhinelander High School, Kate began working at Employers Mutual Insurance in Wausau. She then met the man who would capture her heart, Burleigh “Burl” Meurette. They married on December 17, 1955, sharing over 61 years together. She also worked at First American National Bank, Kraft, Sears, and after retirement, the Intermission Bar.

Kate was a devoted and loving wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother to her family, and was affectionately known to many more as “Grams”. She had such a giving heart, sharing it freely with everyone she met, and lending an ear and help to anyone in need. Besides spending time with family & friends, other favorite times included crossword & jigsaw puzzles, making countless pounds of her famous potato salad, traveling, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. Kate was a longtime member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, baking cookies & bars, teaching Sunday school, and serving on the altar guild.

Kate is survived by her husband Burl and her five children, Mark (Laura), Mitchell (Lori), Matthew, Michael “Otto” (Tammy), and Marsha (Craig), all of Wausau; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers Richard and John Jacobson, and sisters Alice Johnson, Eunice Pelletier, and Dorothy Oldenburg.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 330 McClellan St., Wausau, including committal in the courtyard columbarium at St. John’s, with Fr. David Klutterman officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 12:00 pm until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be directed to St. John’s Episcopal Church.

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  1. Scott Campbell

    09/27/2017 at 4:09 pm

    To all my dear friends the Meurettes. Kelly and I are so very sorry for your loss and that we missed the funeral. What a special woman Kate was! She always brought a smile to my face. Her and Burl have been special people to me since I met all you boys at Longfellow grade school all those years ago. You are all in our hearts and minds. Please know your friends share in your grief and celebrate her life as well. She will be missed by all that knew her.

    Scott & Kelly Campbell

  2. Cindy Reetz

    09/27/2017 at 4:09 pm

    My deepest sympathy to family and friends. I have only known Kate a short time, although she captured my heart quickly. She was so sweet, happy, and kind you couldn’t help but love her. She
    will be missed by many.

    Deepest Sympathy,

    Cindy Reetz

  3. The Kocik family

    09/27/2017 at 4:09 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to all members of the Meurette family; our hearts, prayers and compassion are with you.

  4. Rob Peters

    09/27/2017 at 4:09 pm

    My thoughts are with all of the Meurettes. Kate was a wonderful lady and will be missed. Rob Peters

  5. Gina & Anissa Walters

    09/27/2017 at 4:09 pm

    Lori & Mitch,
    You are in our thoughts & prayers.
    Gina & Anissa Walters