|Birth: ||Jun. 16, 1926|
|Death: ||May 30, 2008|
Jean (Felhofer) Wilcott of 1616 S. Cedar Ave., Marshfield, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital on Friday, May 30, 2008, with her sons Jeffrey and Scott at her side.
Visitation will be held at Rembs Funeral Home in Marshfield Monday, June 2 from 4-8 pm and from 10-11 am, Tuesday.
A service will be held at 11 am Tuesday at the Rembs Funeral Home followed by burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Marshfield.
Jean was born on June 16, 1926 in the town of Richfield to William and Grace (McCabe) Felhofer.
She graduated from Sacred Heart Grade School and from Marshfield Senior High in 1944.
Following graduation, she and her friends went to Washington, D.C. and worked for the F.B.I. After returning to Marshfield, Jean married Gordon (Chip) Wilcott on Sept. 25, 1948.
In 1960, they took over operation of the popular Round-Up Bar on Marshfield's south side, where they made many great friends over the years.
In 1950, Jean began an association with the Central Wisconsin State Fair that lasted over 4 decades, when she and Chip and their partners opened a popcorn stand on the grounds. They soon changed their product to ice cream nut bars which became a staple of the Marshfield fair to 2 generations of fair-goers. Her second ice cream stand was operated for many years by her dear sister-in-law, Eileen O'Reilly.
Through heat, cold and downpour, Jean was on the fairgrounds through the days of huge grandstand attractions like Doc, Kitty and Chester from Gunsmoke. Many acts, like the famous tightrope-walker, Carl Wallenda, stopped in at the Round-Up and became friends.
After the passing of her husband in 1979, Jean got out of the vendor business and was elected to the Fair Board, serving as VP and President.
She was the initiator of such projects as the placing of the World's Largest Round Barn - built by her uncles and father - on the National Register of Historic Buildings, the re-painting of the barn, during which she scraped and painted as part of the crew comprised of descendents of the men who helped build it, and of the CWSF's Junior Fair scholarships.
Jean was part of an administration that helped right a financially-strapped fair, gaining county support and constructing some much-needed new buildings. She managed and built a success of the Barnyard Theater/Family Entertainment Tent during the first decade of its existence.
As President of the Fair Board, Jean enjoyed having her photo taken with such popular fair performers as Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks.
After her husband's passing, Jean had a special friend in Donald L. Hansen of Marshfield.
In recent years, Jean has been employed in Quality Control at Figi's, Inc., where she made some wonderful friends. Jean was one of founder John Figi's first employees, slicing cheese in John's kitchen.
Jean was a very active, lively person, always on the go, known for her good humor. She enjoyed yardwork, reading and trips to the casino.
In addition to her sons, Jean Wilcott is survived by one brother, Terry Felhofer (Carol) of Marshfield, one sister, Sharon (Mitzi) Puetz (Norbert) of Wheeling, IL, sister-in-law Barbara Felhofer of San Antonio, TX, Eileen O'Reilly of Marshfield, brothers-in-law Robert Wilcott of Menomonie Falls and Richard Wilcott of Marshfield, and many dear nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, three brothers, Wayne, Darrell and Gerald, brother-in-law Thomas O'Reilly, sisters-in-law Pearl Wilcott and Maureen Wilcott.
If you didn't know her, you missed something.
Gordon H Wilcott (1920 - 1979)*
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Created by: Stacy Gebczyk
Record added: Jun 02, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27282448