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Yvonne Kay Jessup

July 24, 1940 April 18, 2020
Yvonne Kay Jessup
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Yvonne Kay Jessup, age 79, of Rothschild, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Saturday, April 18th at Pride TLC Therapy and Living Campus, Weston WI. Yvonne was born in Wausau, WI on July 24th, 1940. She was the second of three children to the late Frank Richey and Amy Richey (Kalvestrand) of Rothschild. Yvonne was united in marriage to the love of her life and high school sweetheart, H. Thomas Jessup (of Portage, WI) on June 27th, 1959 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Portage.

Yvonne grew up in Rothschild until her senior year in high school. She moved to Portage at that time and graduated from Portage High School in 1958. As an adolescent, Yvonne enjoyed working on her family farm with her siblings in Rothschild. Later as a teen, she worked as a nurse’s aide at Divine Savior hospital in Portage. After high school, Yvonne and Tom were married and began their journey of 60+ years together. They lived in many different towns and cities as they raised their family including Fond Du Lac, Portage, Baraboo, Seattle (WA), South Milwaukee, Marshfield and Rothschild. In Seattle, Yvonne worked at Boeing Company as a tool specialist.

After Yvonne and Tom returned to Wisconsin, she stayed at home raising their three sons while also working part-time as co-owner of their family business, retiring in 2005. For the past 46 years, they lived in the house she and Tom built themselves in Rothschild.   In the early years of her marriage, Yvonne enjoyed camping with her husband Tom and their young family. She also enjoyed bowling with her girlfriends. Yvonne was an avid decorator, creating many arts and crafts for their home over the years. She also loved to read, sew, knit and travel.

While raising her children during their adolescence and teen years, Yvonne was active in giving back to her community and church. She helped co-found St Mark’s Fall Festival and the D.C. Everest Basketball Booster Club. During their empty-nester and retirement years, Yvonne and Tom loved to travel including many trips to Florida during the winter months. Watching and feeding the wildlife, including deer and wild turkeys, that congregated in the woods behind her Rothschild home, was also something Yvonne enjoyed in her later years. Lastly, Yvonne loved family and one of her greatest joys was attending her children’s and later, grandchildren’s, school and sporting events.

Survivors include her loving husband of 60+ years, H Thomas, her three sons, two daughters-in-laws and six grandchildren: Hal Jessup (Palm Coast, FL), John and Julie (Noblesville, IN), and their children Michael, Melissa and Megan; Mark and Lisa Jessup (Grafton, WI) and their children Sarah, Allison and Amanda. Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents Frank Richey and Amy Richey (Kalvestrand) and sister Yolanda.  

Our family would like to thank the staff at Ascension St Clare’s Hospital Weston, and all the wonderful nurses and staff at Pride TLC Weston. In addition, a special heartfelt thanks to Dr. Bart Issacson from Marshfield Clinic.

A private funeral mass for immediate family will be celebrated at St Mark’s Catholic Church, with a celebration of life to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in Yvonne’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association of Wisconsin.

John J. Buettgen Funeral Home is assisting the family at this time. Online condolences may be expressed at

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