Theresa Agatha (Schreier) Brueggen
June 16, 2021
Theresa Agatha (Schreier) Brueggen, age 92 of Cashton, passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Creamery Creek Assisted Living in Viroqua, WI.
She was born on November 17, 1928 to George and Agatha (VonRuden) Schreier. She was one of 7 girls and grew up in Cashton. Theresa attended school in the Cashton School District and graduated Salutatorian of her high school class. She attended the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse where she earned her teaching degree. While in college, Theresa lived at, and also worked at the St. Francis Hospital in housekeeping to earn her room and board.
Theresa met a handsome young Brueggen boy, Charles "Chuck", also from Cashton. They began to date, fell in love, and got married on February 11, 1952, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cashton when Chuck returned from serving his country in Korea. They were married for 66 years and were so much in love until the very end when Chuck died in June 2018. During their married life, Theresa and Chuck farmed just outside of Cashton before buying a farm and moving to beautiful St. Mary's Ridge where they lived for 30 plus years. Theresa admitted she really wasn't much of a farmer, and Chuck agreed when she fed the cows straw instead of hay one day----not knowing the difference.
It was on the Ridge that they raised their 5 children that God had blessed them with. Their family brought them so much joy and happiness, and they were very proud and grateful for each one of them.
Theresa's teaching career included teaching in a one room school on Clinton Ridge where she taught all 8 grades, St. Mary's Ridge Catholic School, and then the Ontario Grade School, teaching a total of 34 years until her retirement in 1983. She loved every one of her years as a teacher, and it was her passion. She always said, "I had the best kids, and never had a problem." She was strict, but fair and her students loved her. Mom always felt grateful that many of her previous students would send her cards, visit her, and bring many gifts of appreciation and love to her over the years.
Theresa had a special love of music and took pride in the fact that she was chosen to play the clarinet in the High School Band when she was only in the 8th grade. She also learned piano and accordion. At age 92, she even played a piece on the accordion at her daughter's house. Occasionally, Theresa would also play a few songs on the piano for her friends at Creamery Creek, which they always enjoyed.
As Theresa and Chuck's family grew, they instilled a love of music in each of their kids. With instruments gracing many rooms of the house, the kids picked up on learning them fairly quickly. Chuck and Theresa started their own little band called, "Chuck's Accordion Band" and eventually "Chuck and the Woodchucks" evolved. They were known throughout the area, playing for many different events. Eventually Theresa and Chuck both stepped down from the stage, let the kids take over completely, and then the band changed their name to "Leather 'n Lace". Theresa and Chuck were their kid's biggest fans and supporters.
In 1983, Theresa and Chuck built a new home, and moved to Cashton. They absolutely loved every day they lived there, and being close to the ballpark, there were many activities going on right out their front door. They enjoyed and appreciated some of the best neighbors around. There they lived until they moved to Creamery Creek Assisted Living in Viroqua in April 2018.
Theresa enjoyed many hobbies including: crocheting dresses/outfits for dolls and making afghans, building doll houses and other crafts, playing her music, traveling with Chuck, playing cards and doing word search puzzles, playing Solitaire on her Nook, and she really enjoyed BINGO while living at Creamery Creek.
Theresa had a sincere and beautiful devotion to St. Theresa, "The Little Flower" and would share her stories of miraculous intercession to all who would listen. We are confident she was also welcomed into heaven by St. Theresa, who helped her (by the grace of God) in so many ways while here on earth.
Theresa is survived by her five children; Steven (Sara) Brueggen of Westby, Mary Beth (Rod) Smith of Cashton, Sandy (Tim) Lacey of Jamestown, Ohio, Jean (Curt) Geier of Westby and Patrick (Cindy) Brueggen of Holmen. Grandchildren; Eric (Tonya), Scott (Ashley) and Nick (Sarah) Brueggen, Brian (Lindsay), Greg (Andrea) and Jenna Smith, Daniel (Mandi), Joel (Amber), Jonathan (Hanna), Joshua, Shauna and Benjamin Lacey, Carmen (Jason) Fortun and Darin (Jess) Geier, Abby, Andrew (Jenna), Sam, and Hailey Brueggen, as well as 25 great-grandchildren. Theresa loved and took great pride in each and every one of her family members.
Theresa is further survived by brothers and sisters in law; Willard & MaryAnn Brueggen, Florentine Geier, Madonna, Marie and Betty Brueggen, Del Marie Hemmersbach, Angie and Bob Dickman as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Theresa was preceded in death by her parents George and Agatha Schreier, her husband Charles Brueggen, a very special daughter in law, Mary (Wangen) Brueggen, sisters and brother in laws, Betty (Sam) Biever, Sally (Ray) Hundt, Bernice (Victor) Suhr, Eileen (Hector) Gutierrez, Doris Schreier and an infant sister Joanne, Silverius and Betty, Phillip, Harry, Roger Brueggen, Dolores and George Leis, Bernadine and Leonard Klinkner, Arnie Hemmersbach, Henry Geier.
The family would like to thank mom and dad's special neighbors in Cashton who did so much for them, Charlie Johnson and Andre and Karen Casabonne. Thank you to Sue Fanta and Dave for the numerous visits and card playing "parties" mom so enjoyed. Thanks to Fr. Klos for the visits and prayers. Also thank you to all of the wonderful caregivers at Creamery Creek where mom lived for the last 3 years, as well as St. Croix Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.
Honorary pallbearers: Doug Sullivan, Lisa Sullivan, Tom VonRuden and all of her precious "students" whom she loved so much.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cashton. Father Michael Klos will officiate. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cashton. Family and friends are invited for visitation on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, beginning with a rosary at 3:30 p.m. and concluding at 7:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church in Cashton. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Wednesday.
The Torkelson Funeral Home of Cashton, WI is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.