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Robin L. Kennedy, 59, of Wausau, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital after a ten year battle with Liver Disease. Her loving family was by her side.

Robin was born in Boston, MA on June 8, 1958 to the late Evelyn Thurs. She graduated with a Doctorate Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She practiced law and ran her own law firm, advocating for children who were victims of sexual abuse.

Robin met, fell in love, and married the love of her life, Paul Kostuck in Wausau on April 27, 2012. Together they shared many days enjoying each other’s company, quietly in front of a fire with some relaxing music playing in the background. She was a proud mom to her son Beau Darrin, who she shared her love of cooking with; teaching him many of her secrets in the kitchen. Robin loved to spend time with her very good friend, Michael Deasy. They enjoyed their time together, but their trips to Ireland were some of her favorite memories. She was also proud of her step-children, who she loved as her own, Paul (Ed Martinez) of Seattle, Carson Kostuck of Wausau and Caitlyn Kostuck of New York. Robin also enjoyed the special moments she shared with her niece Amy, who she loved and adored, and thought of as a daughter. The memories they made together will forever be cherished. Robin shared a special bond with her sister Kelly, the type of bond that could never be broken, no matter how much time or distance was between them.

Robin was proud of the work she did with caring for children and fighting for them within the confines of the law. She was an avid sports fan and loved cheering on her favorite football teams. She had a great appreciation for music and loved to travel. Robin will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Robin is survived by her loving husband, Paul of Wausau; her son Beau Darrin of Edgar; step-children, Paul, Carson and Caitlyn; Brother’s, Fran, Shawn and Daniel and her two sisters, Kelly and Maggie. Robin is further survived by her niece, Amy (Kevin) Berard and their children, Stephen III, Xavier, Peyton and Madilynn; as well as her very good friend Michael Deasy.

She was preceded in death by her mother Evelyn Thurs and her brother, Billy Cowan.

A gathering for friends and family will take place from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Brainard Funeral Home-Wausau Chapel, 522 Adam Street, Wausau.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Marathon County Courthouse, as well as Dick Lawson and Dana from the Lawson Law Office and Dan Cveykus for all of their support during this very difficult time.

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  1. Patricia Penca-gaugush

    02/13/2018 at 3:06 pm

    Robin was on the board of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault ( an agency taken over by The Women’s Community). She helped get abuse and assault recognized in this community and for this I and all women are most grateful.

    Her family should be proud of her and her efforts in this regard…raising awareness is not an easy thing to do.

    My sympathy goes to her local family and her relatives in the Boston area. She will be missed by all who knew her.

    She has now gone to her reward.

  2. Cousin Teri

    02/13/2018 at 3:06 pm

    I was saddened to learn of Robin’s illness and passing. Years and miles separated us from our childhood time. And as those years passed and we grew our lives and families, I learned of her work as an attorney and was so proud, if that’s the right expression, of her accomplishments. The work she did is hard and takes a special person to perform. To her siblings I am so sorry for your loss. Siblings share an intimacy that carries them through life’s happy and difficult times. When
    you are in the ‘trenches’ together all it takes is a wink or a knowing nod and the other person knows exactly what you are thinking of feeling. A precious gift … prayers for you and her family.

  3. Betty Biedermann

    02/13/2018 at 3:06 pm

    My condolences to the family of Robin.
    Robin lived with us for a short time when my youngest daughter was two years old.
    Her mother, Evelyn and I were best of friends. Robin made a lasting impression
    on all of us with her laughter and joy of life. We have such wonderful memories
    of her joking around. She was a blessing for her mother. I pray that God has
    granted her peace and may His peace be with her family.
    Betty Biedermann, Karen, Paul and Ellen K.

  4. Robin’s sister Kelly

    02/13/2018 at 3:06 pm

    My sister was a special person and a gift to the people in her life. We were anchors for each other. A light has gone out in my life. I am grateful that I was able to spend so much intimate time with her over the last ten years. We loved just sitting in each other’s company – always with love and laughter, sometime with sadness. My heart knows that we will be reunited (again).

    I am grateful that Robin and my husband David adored each other. He knew how special she was.

    We want to thank everyone for their condolences and prayers.

  5. Judy Donovan

    02/13/2018 at 3:06 pm

    Robin you were a lovely happy girl who brought joy around you to everyone from the moment you were born. You overcame so many obstacles and accomplished so much. Because I think you would approve I am sending a donation to the Women’s Community in Wausau in your name. I’ll see you on the other side where we will have happiness always. Love Auntie Judy, Stephen & Penny in Boston

  6. Sherry Kennedy McLaughlin

    02/13/2018 at 3:06 pm

    Fran, Shawn and all those who loved Robin,, our prayers are with you during this sad time. Hold the precious memories of Robin close in your heart and she will always be with you.❤️

  7. To the family of Robin Kennedy

    02/13/2018 at 3:06 pm

    I enjoy the work that robin did in the District Attorney over the past several years as the Assistant D.A to which she was employed. I’m going to miss robin since she has passed away, at least she gave other attornies the type of advice on dealing with the Sex Offenders being charge with Sexual Assault. She was indeed a champion to many of the victims of the Assault charges by making sure that crime doesn’t pay for their foolishness as the aggressor to the child victims. I will miss her in the court battles. I was sorry to hear of her passing due to the liver cancer that she was battling for the past decade. Rest in peace and join God’s prosecutors in the heavens from her true friend in the court system Alan Schwantes.

  8. Anne Kennedy

    02/13/2018 at 3:06 pm

    Uncle Bill & Anne

    Our most sincere sympathies to the family upon Robin’s passing.

  9. Aunt Marie

    02/13/2018 at 3:06 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to Robins family . She was always a sweet and loving child .Youshould know she will always be watching over you from another place . We will meet again one day .

  10. Lana Forsythe

    02/13/2018 at 3:06 pm

    My sincerest condolences to Robin’s loved ones for the loss of such a great lady. Robin was a former coach of mine when I participated in Mock Trial in high school. I learned so much from her and I look back at that time with such fondness, she made mock trial so much fun. Before I moved to Los Angeles for schooling, I asked if she could write a letter of recommendation for me which she did without hesitation. She wrote such kind words, and I have no doubt that her recommendation helped me get accepted. All in all, I was very lucky to know her.

  11. Patricia Broderick her aunt

    02/13/2018 at 3:06 pm

    sorry to hear of Robins death at such a young age I knew her when she was a young

    girl growing up my prayers are with her and her family.

  12. Peggy Kennedy McGrath

    02/13/2018 at 3:06 pm

    Many years have passed since we were kids but my memories of you are happy ones. You always had an upbeat attitude, a smile on your face and a laugh that was genuine. We were two young girls who acted silly together and that’s what I remember most. Lots of giggling. I always liked when you came around. I’ve thought of you often throughout the years. My condolences to your family at this very difficult time.

  13. Denise Lang

    02/13/2018 at 3:06 pm

    My deepest sympathies for Robin’s family. Robin was always good-natured and her empathy in her professional career was strongly evident. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  14. Denise Skare

    02/13/2018 at 3:06 pm

    I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Robin’s family and will add them to my prayers. I enjoyed working with Robin when I was working in the Corporation Counsel Office at the courthouse appointing her to represent children under 12 in CHIPS cases. She was an extremely talented attorney and friend. I admired her so much. And I always enjoyed talking to her husband, Paul. So sorry for your loss. May God bless all of you and keep you safe.

  15. Lynn Wirsbinski Patton

    02/13/2018 at 3:06 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Robin’s family. I remember fond memories working with her when I was working for the county and the state. God took another angel too young.