Gayle M. Koppa, age 75, of Schofield passed away unexpectedly after complications from surgery on Sunday, August 28, 2022.
Gayle was born on February 26, 1947 in Wausau to Ervin and Caroline (Budnik) Buchkoski. She graduated from D C Everest High School. She married Jack Koppa on May 27, 1967.
Through the years Gayle became the Matriarch of the family and all family events revolved around her hospitality and awesome cooking. Everybody knew they could stop around the holidays for a delicious meal and always walked out with her signature cookie basket. Her smile and laugh made everyone feel comfortable and loved. Gayle was the glue that held the family together and stepped in as caretaker for her mother and brother. She will be greatly missed.
Gayle always took great pride in all her work positions at Sonoco and Wausau Papers. Her main enjoyment was when she helped run the PI, and was co-owner of Wrap It Up (a local food wagon).
Gayle is survived by her children Kevin Koppa of Wausau and Karrie (Mike) Hess of Tomahawk; her mother Caroline Crochiere of Schofield; sisters Karen (Al) Nikolai of Kronenwetter and Diane Buchkoski of Kronenwetter; brother Jerry (Cheryl) Buchkoski of Sioux Falls and Dave (Pat) Buchkoski of Lake Mille Lacs; grandchildren Kyle (Amanda) Koppa, Cody Koppa and Michaela Hess; great grandson Connor; many nieces and nephews and special friends Karen Schlichting, Connie Koppa and Lori Lynn Luedtke.
She is preceded in death by her husband Jack, father Ervin, brother Bruce and infant sister Elizabeth.
Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 112 W. Kort St., Schofield. The Rev. Joseph Albert will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of services at the church on Saturday.