Kathy Jo (Friedrich) Brietzke

June 27, 1954 ~ December 14, 2020 (age 66)


Kathy Jo Brietzke, 66, Weston, died Monday, December 14, 2020 surrounded by her loving daughters under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

Kathy was born June 27, 1954 in Wausau to the late Herbert and Betty (Cartwright) Friedrich.  Following her graduation from Wausau West High School in 1972, she began working for the City of Wausau as a Crossing Guard.  Over the years she transferred into the parking control division of the Wausau Police Department and eventually became a receptionist there.  She retired after serving the Wausau community for over 20 years.

She was a devoted wife and fun-loving momma who dearly loved her grandchildren.  Her tough exterior quickly melted away when her generosity and nature to put everyone else first above her came through.  Kathy loved to shop, collecting many salt and pepper shakers and cookie jars over the years.  She also enjoyed traveling, working in her garden and watching the Hallmark Channel and murder mysteries.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Ervin Brietzke; daughters, Jaime Kelly, Staci (Paul) Kamke and Tiffani (Chris) Plautz; step-daughter, LaNah (Tim) Krueger; grandchildren, Toryn, Mason, Maizi, Emma and Brianna; siblings, Kim Friedrich, Scott (Marcia) Friedrich and Tammy Friedrich; grand-furbabies, MoMo, Piper and Luna; and extended family and friends.

There will be a visitation on Monday, December 28, 2020 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Brainard Funeral Home Everest Chapel, Weston.  Facemasks and social distancing are respectfully requested by all those attending.  There will be a private service for Kathy that will be livestreamed beginning at 12:50 PM on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at  Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Shriners Hospitals for Children (Processing Center PO Box 863765, Orlando, FL 32886).

Sincere appreciation goes to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Aspirus Cancer Center and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for their compassionate care for Kathy.

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