Blanche Kafka, of Antigo, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Rosalia Gardens in Antigo. She was 92 years old. She was born on March 30, 1922 in Casco, a daughter of Anton and Agnes (Tlachac) Koss. She married Philip Kafka on November 15, 1952 at St. Wencel Catholic Church in Neva. He preceded her in death on November 18, 2008.
Blanche moved to Deerbrook in the summer of 1924 where she attended Deerbrook Graded School and graduated from Antigo High School with the class of 1939. She enlisted in the Navy WAVES in August 1943 and served with their Hospital Corp until discharge on May 23, 1946.
She returned to Antigo where she raised her family and was employed at the J.C. Penny store and the United States Postal service as a rural mail carrier.
She was a member of SS Mary and Hyacinth Catholic Church and its rosary society, past commander and member of the Sparks-Doernenburg American Legion Post #3 and the Leland-
Tollefson Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #2653 Auxiliary. She served as a thrift store founder and volunteer for the Community Association of Area Retirees (CAAR) and was a member of the Langlade Hospital Auxiliary. She was a Girl Scout troop leader while her daughters were younger and served as a driver for Meals on Wheels into her 80’s.
Survivors include three sons, Steve (Nancy) Kafka, Antigo, Mike Kafka, Madison, Dan Kafka, Madison; two daughters, Kathleen (Kevin) Walters, Madison, Laureen (Tom) Miller, Appleton; four grandchildren, Grant Kafka, Shayna (Eric) Reichenbach, Margaret and Benjamin Miller; a sister, Rosemary Filbrandt, Antigo; three brothers, Stanley Koss, Bryant, Stephen (Grace) Koss, Antigo, Anthony (Doris) Koss, Harvard, Illinois; a sister-in-law, Marion Koss, Deerbrook.
In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary (Joseph, Jr.) Novak, Edna (John, Sr.) Piela, and Juliana Koss; a brother, Vernon Koss, a brother-in-law, Jerome Filbrandt, a sister-in-law Betty Koss.
A funeral Mass will be held on Monday March 30, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at SS Mary & Hyacinth Catholic Church with Rev. David Schmidt officiating. Burial will take place in Queen of Peace Cemetery where the Antigo Veterans will conduct military rites. Visitation will be 3 – 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Bradley Funeral Home and 9 – 10 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home. The rosary society will recite the rosary at 4:30 p.m. and a parish wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday also at the funeral home.