Terri J. Koziczkowski, of Stevens Point, passed away peacefully at the age of 63, with her family by her side, on October 5, 2023, after a courageous two year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Terri was born June 8, 1960 in Plover, Wis.; the daughter of Robert and Mary (née Shewczyk) Puariea. A lifelong resident of the area, she attended local schools and graduated in 1978 from Stevens Point Area Senior High.
Following high school, Terri entered the workforce and dedicated over 40 years at St. Michael’s Hospital in various positions. In that time, her determination led her to take night classes in order to strengthen her work skills and it paid off as she ultimately achieved a personal goal to work within the business department as a patient account representative.
While Terri was proud of her career achievements, she was most proud of her family. On September 6, 1980, she married her high school sweetheart, Myron Koziczkowski. The two welcomed two beautiful children together, Adam and Kelly, and spent 43 years together as husband and wife.
Terri was a devoted wife and mother who worked hard to give her family a life full of happy memories. She proudly worked part-time jobs at Figi’s and Lands’ End in order to provide the most memorable Christmases she could for her children.
Terri lived her life to the fullest and had many hobbies including any kind of crafting; making cups, shirts, koozies, painting pottery, and scrapbooking. She was also an avid sports fan; she loved the Green Bay Packers and enthusiastically got out of her seat to cheer for them from home.
She enjoyed being active, especially walking, and even participated in the Walk Wisconsin 26-mile marathon several times.
Above all else, Terri was incredibly fun to be around and displayed her fun-loving attitude by planning all the adventures for her family and friends. She planned countless family vacations and outings and was even known as the matriarch of the Clear Lake family, a title earned from planning camping trips to Clear Lake for over 40 years. In fact, she loved camping so much that she started her own “Discover Wisconsin” where she planned camping trips for her family every summer; always to somewhere they’d never been.
Terri wanted to squeeze every ounce of fun out of every experience. She never wanted to miss out or leave early. The endless memories that were made with family and friends are all thanks to her passion for adventure, planning, and bringing people together.
Terri, the glue to her family, will always be remembered for her kindness and compassion. She cared deeply for her loved ones, to the extent that she would not start her car until everyone was seat belted. During deer hunting season, she would happily get up at 4:30 a.m. to make lunches for her family.
While she dedicated herself to helping her family, she also worked hard to help others. She spent time volunteering at Saint Stanislaus church bingo and put many hours into volunteering for the Christian Workplace Committee. One of her greatest achievements was taking on the lead role for the St. Michael’s Hospital Basket Raffle; a fundraising event for which she helped raise tens of thousands of dollars.
Terri is lovingly survived by her husband, Myron; her children, Adam (Kristin) and Kelly (Jon Wroblewski); her grandchildren, Hailey, Kylie, and Nathan; and her step-grandson, Jake. She is further survived by her brother, Ron Puariea; her sister, Sharon Rapp; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Dave (Marcie) Koziczkowski, Ron (Sandy) Koziczkowski, Marie Kluck, Jan (Randy) Kruzicki, Debbie (Arnie) Kaminski, and Lori Stoltz; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends.
Terri was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Henry and Sophie Koziczkowski; brothers-in-law, Jack Rapp, Bob Kluck, and Gary Stoltz; sister-in-law, Bernie Puariea; and two nephews, Jeff Koziczkowski and Kyle Stoltz.
Terri’s family would like to extend a special Thank You to all the friends, family, and caregivers who provided unconditional love and immeasurable support to Terri and her family through the tumultuous journey with cancer. Your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at Holy Spirit Parish, 2151 Stanley St., Stevens Point. Rev. Steve Brice will officiate. Family and friends are invited to gather and share memories on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, from 4 p.m. until the Rosary Prayer at 8 at Shuda Funeral Home, 3200 Stanley St., Stevens Point, and again Thursday morning at the funeral home from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Burial will take place at Guardian Angel Cemetery immediately following the mass.
Shuda Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family. Online condolences may be left by visiting www.shudafuneral.com.