HAYWARD, Wis. -- Pearl N. Wolske, 97, of Hayward passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 6, 2018, at the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.
Pearl was born June 8, 1920, in Bismarck, N.D. She was raised and attended school in Hillsboro, N.D. Her family moved to Menomonie prior to her senior year, where Pearl attended and graduated from Menomonie high school. She continued her education at UW-River Falls.
Pearl worked for the telephone company as a switchboard operator and was on duty the morning of the Pearl Harbor invasion and vividly remembers the board lighting up. She also was an administrative assistant for the Native American Studies Program at UW Stout.
On March 20, 1948, Pearl was joined in marriage to Frances “Green” Wolske. Together Pearl and Green lived in Menomonie where they created and operated Wolske’s Bay Marina on Lake Menomonie. They operated the marina into the 1980s before selling the business and retiring.
Pearl was a true people person and had such an amazing positive, caring personality and incredible zest for life. She loved being around people, but really lit up whenever she was around children, as many considered her their second “mom.” She was very sharp and her memory of events, time and people was phenomenal! She enjoyed watching Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and the history channel and also loved reading, cooking and baking. While living in Menomonie Pearl was a devoted member of Christ Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and was very active with the Ladies Aide. She moved to Hayward in November of 2016 and happily lived with her daughters, enjoying spending more time with them and her grand and great grandchildren.
Pearl is survived by her two daughters, Avis Wolske Baker (Storm) of Winter, Wis., Rosemary (Ken) Wilson of Hayward; one grandson, Christopher (Alicia) Wilson of Minocqua, Wis.; two great-grandsons, Frankie and Reeve. She is also survived by brother-in-law, Eugene Wolske; one stepgrandchild, Kristi Curry of Eau Claire, Wis.; several nieces and nephews, and too many friends to count.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Green; one sister, Avis Anderson; son-in-law, Storm; and one stepgranddaughter, Laura Meier.
A “celebration of life” will be held for Pearl at a later date at Wolske’s Bay Park in Menomonie. She will be buried at Christ Lutheran Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.