Eileen A. Pederson, 83, of Chippewa Falls passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Mondovi, Wis.
She was born Feb. 23, 1934, in Weyerhauser, Wis., to Ann (Michalovic) and Joseph Bata. Eileen later moved to Chicago and attended Gage Park High School and later earned a certificate in Comptometer usage.
She worked at the post office in Midlothian, Ill. While living in Illinois, she was an active member of the Midlothian VFW Auxiliary Post 2580, where she was president from 1966-67, and 1973-74. As a VFW member, she worked hard for veterans by raising money for relief funds and was also known for her amazing poppy displays, which won many awards. Overall, Eileen was a 60+ year member of the organization.
In 1975, she was transferred to the Chippewa Falls Post Office, where she was the first female worker among 41 men. She retired from there in 1989.
Being a talented and creative person, Eileen opened Eileen’s Paintin’ Place Ceramics Shop on Cliff Street in Chippewa Falls. She was very artistic, and loved to paint and draw. She enjoyed working with flowers and making corsages. She enjoyed painting Christmas scenes on window displays and also made the ELKS Club awards for their members.
Eileen will be remembered for her vibrant smile that lit up each room she entered. She had a glow about her and was the first one to wave to and welcome new friends.
In 1983, Eileen married the love of her life, Clyde Pederson. They enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas and Laughlin together. They truly enjoyed each other and being together, which was evident to anyone who spent time with them. Clyde preceded her in death in 2016.
She is survived by children, William (Debi) Fauber, Heidi (Travis Brazeau) Siverling, Debbie (Scott Hunter) Fauber, Linda (Wayne) Honer, and Jeffrey Pederson; sister, Lorraine Taylor; grandsons, Nicholas and Alexander Siverling, Michael Fauber; granddaughters, LeAnn (Matt) Graver, Laura (David Thomas) Juarez, Letitia (Jon) Likes; great-grandsons, Zavian, Venyk, Jimmy, Tyler and Todd; great-granddaughters, Nova and Alex; a great-great-grandson, Colton; and four nephews, John, Jeff, Dan and Ray Hansen.
She was preceded in death by her infant son in 1953; her parents; and her husband, Clyde.
A celebration of Eileen’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls, with the Rev. Robert Hoekstra officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.
Visitation will be held from noon until the time of service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel.
Eileen’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Grace Adult Day Services. They would not have been able to manage this last year without the help and support of your amazing staff.
Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family.
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