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Ella 97, of Weston, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Rennes LTC in Weston.

Ella was born in Wausau on October 23, 1920 to the late Stephen and Rose Palesch. She married Edward Traska in Wausau on August 25, 1945. After 63 years of marriage, Edward preceded Ella in death on April 24, 2009.

Ella worked at Marathon Electric during WW II. She also worked retail sales at Winkelman’s, the Fair Store, and was a department manager at Johnson Hills until her retirement in 1977. Ella’s passion for flower gardening was evident at their home on E. Wausau Ave. She took great pride in designing and planting her many flower beds. One of her greatest joys was being awarded “Garden of the Month”. Ella loved to cook for her family gatherings. Baking was her specialty. She loved trying new recipes and would submit them to the Wausau Herald for publication.

She is survived by her daughters, Donna (Jim) Schroeder of Madison and Debbie Bacon of San Antonio, Texas; 2 grandsons, Jon (Tamara) Melone and their children Dominic, Mario, and Giuliette of Cottage Grove and Tony (Rachel) Melone of Janesville; five step grandchildren and nine great -step grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at Brainard Funeral Home – Wausau Chapel, 522 Adams Street, Wausau. The Reverend James Schaefer will officiate. A visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Entombment will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park.

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  1. Mary Lou Brandner

    02/07/2018 at 12:25 pm

    Dear Donna: You probably won’t remember me, but,I worked at Quality Foods and had the honor of meeting your Mom and helping her do her shopping for a few years. We got to be friends and I did meet you a couple of times. I wanted to tell you what an honor it was to know her and what a dear sweet lady she was. Knowing her was one of the things in my life I shall always be grateful for. I looked forward to her smile and getting my hug every Tuesday. Thank you for the time I had to share wit h her. My sympathy to your family and I’m sorry we must lose people that make the world a better place. In sorrow, Mary Lou Brandner

  2. Gloria Kazmier

    02/07/2018 at 12:25 pm

    Our sympathy reaches out to the family of Donna and Debbie’s families. May Ella rest in peace as she is reunited with loved ones.

    With fond memories.

    Gloria Palesch-Kazmier Family (Mukwonago, WI)

    Sondra Palesch-Christianson Family (Wausau, WI)

  3. Sharon Semling

    02/07/2018 at 12:25 pm

    I had the wonderful opportunity to get to know Ella when I was providing PT for Edward after they had just moved into The Renaissance. Her kind, compassionate and selfless demeanor was inspirational. Her example of true devotion in marriage and demonstration of love through all circumstances touched me.
    My heartfelt sympathy to all of you at her passing.
    Sharon Semling

  4. Debra Rekau

    02/07/2018 at 12:25 pm

    Sincerest condolences to the family of Ella.
    We were East Wausau Avenue neighbors ,and, it is true, her flower gardens were beautiful.
    May she rest with all her family.
    Debbie Burger- Rekau

  5. Greg & Kathy Coolidge

    02/07/2018 at 12:25 pm

    Our condolences go out to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with our good friend Debbie and her family.