Jessica Staszak Abitz, age 43, was released into God’s arms on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, after a tragic ocean accident while vacationing in Florida with her loving family.
Jess was born December 30, 1979, the oldest of three spirited Staszak children and only daughter, to Jackie (Koskey) and Mark Staszak. She was a 1998 graduate of DC Everest and went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communications from UW-Madison with honors.
She met her future husband, Mike, at a young age and they started dating when they were both only 17. Theirs became a love unique to them, full of friendship and laughter, devotion, and creativity. They did everything together. Jess married the love of her life, Mike, on May 29, 2010. They were together for almost 26 years.
Jess was a dreamer with goals. She was passionate, artistic, and imaginative. She had 26 years of experience as a floral designer, creating stunning floral masterpieces and managing the marketing for Richfield Flowers & Events in MN. Jess was also an accomplished and eloquent writer. In addition to her private writing works, she founded and owned Fire It Up Freelance, and created ghost writing works through Click Clack Writing in MN.
She was a health advocate, dedicating a tremendous amount of time to learning the smallest details to benefit herself, her loved ones, and anyone else possible. Her passion for health led her to begin working in colon hydrotherapy through Move Colonics in MN. Those that knew Jess well found this perfectly fitting. Jess talked often about wanting to expand her impact even further by becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
Jess loved traveling, music and going to concerts, exploring, and dancing like everyone was watching and she didn’t care. She loved life and being grounded by nature and the outdoors. Jess always looked forward to adventures with her family, which took her abroad from places like New York all the way to Japan.
She cherished hiking with Mike off the beaten path and making their own way. Jess loved movies and TV, watching cheesy horror films and sci-fi masterpieces like X-Files with her friends. She was passionate about cooking healthy foods with Mike and just being together. She had a desire to read everything and write hilarious and genius screenplays and stories that even made her laugh. She welcomed all things weird, quirky, and unique and filled her home and life with so much warmth. She was delighted to be an aunt and loved family events full of laughter. Jess will forever be known for her creativity and passion, her infectious smile, laughter and humor, and her huge heart and caring nature.
Her personality was as vibrant and colorful as the clothes she wore, of every color and pattern that she could find. When it came to work, she was tenacious and strived to excel. She could laugh at herself and not take her own flaws too seriously. She was one of the brightest and most colorful lights in any room. She was a rare spirit, and we were blessed to know her and love her. She will be treasured and remembered forever by her husband, Mike, her loving family and friends, and all who knew her.
Jess is survived by her deeply beloved husband and love of her life, Mike. Her adoring parents, Jackie and Mark Staszak. Her brothers and sister-in-law, Scott Staszak and Phil and Jacqueline Staszak. Granny Margaret Koskey. In-laws, Doug and Diane Abitz. Sisters- and brothers-in-law, Melissa and Andy Bohr and Jessica and Chris Goebel. Her nieces and nephews, Joanna Staszak, Sidney and Jack Goebel, and Nick and Nathan Bohr, along with countless other dear family members and loving friends, all of whom she cherished deeply.
Jess is preceded in death and was embraced in Heaven by her grandparents Lawrence Koskey and Mary and Ralph Staszak; Aunt Kathy Staszak; Uncle Craig Hoyt; and her dear friend, Erin Wright.
A celebration of our angel Jessica’s life will be on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at Brainard Funeral Home, 5712 Memorial Ct, Weston, WI 54476. Public Visitation 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Public dedication service at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Jess and supporting her beloved husband, Mike, in the coming days by donating or sharing Jess’s Memorial Fund link. https://www.gofundme.com/f/JessicaLeeStaszakAbitz