Obituary for Paula Markworth

Paula A. Markworth of Pittsville went to rest in the arms of her loving and merciful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 11, 2021, surrounded by her loving family at her home following a courageous and faith based seven-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 16th, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pittsville. The family will receive relatives and friends from 3:30 – 7:00 PM on Friday, October 15th, 2021 at Buchanan-Rembs Funeral Home in Pittsville; and again from 9:30 am Saturday until the time of service at St. John’s. Rev. Daniel Schoessow will officiate. Interment will be in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Paula was born October 9, 1957 in Roswell, New Mexico to Mel and Carol Schneeberg. The family moved to Menomonie, Wisconsin and later to Murfreesboro, Tennessee where Paula attended Children’s University School at Middle Tennessee State University. The family returned to Menomonie in 1966 before planting their roots in Wisconsin Rapids in 1967. Paula graduated from Lincoln High School in 1975, and from UW-Stevens Point in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education.

She was a talented and accomplished seamstress by her teens, serving as assistant-manager of Eileen’s Fabrics in High School and through her early years of college. She worked as a CNA at area nursing homes and was Food Service Supervisor at Riverview Manor. She married Gary Markworth on April 26, 1980 in Wisconsin Rapids. They were blessed with three (3) boys: Shane, Matt and Chad.

Paula was always involved in the church and church school activities. She taught Mini-Courses, was co-chair of PTL, chair of the Athletic Committee, Ladies Aid, LWML Quilters, Altar Guild, as well as attended Bible Study. She sewed “Passion Play” costumes for eight (8) different churches as well as seasonal banners for the church. She enjoyed making floral arrangements for various occasions including Gary’s ordination and installation service.

Paula especially enjoyed spending time with her family and “limited spoiling” of her grandchildren. Whenever possible, a trip to see the grandkids was in order. She often brought “Mimi-made” gifts with her when visiting. And if she couldn’t go, they would come to visit her. Wherever Paula traveled, she always made wonderful friends and memories. She passed her knowledge of cooking and baking on to her sons and daughters-in-law.

Paula is survived by her husband, Rev. Gary Markworth; three sons: Shane (Shannon) and their children: Ellie Anne and Braxton; Matt (Kendra) and their children: Brooke, Sarah, and Hannah; Chad (Charity Carney) and son Jacob. She is further survived by her mother, Carol Schneeberg; brother, Robb (Sandy) Schneeberg; sister-in-law Cheryl (Duane) Spinler; brothers-in-law Greg (Kris) Markworth and George (Jean) Krug; aunts Ilamae Schneeberg and Marilyn Foley; uncles Ron (Amy) Plowman, Doug (Jane) Plowman; special niece Abrya Schneeberg, as well as many other nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Paula was preceded in death by her father, Dr. M. H. Schneeberg, maternal grandparents Art and Effie Hetzer, paternal grandparents George and Anna Schneeberg; uncles Dave Hetzer, Dave Schneeberg, Richard Schneeberg, Martin Nigh, Mike Foley and David Kulas; aunts June Nigh, Jean DiCicco, Roseann Schneeberg, and nephew Noah Schneeberg. Also in-laws Ron and Donna Markworth, sisters-in-law Cynde Krug and Heather Markworth; grandparent-in-laws Don and Dorothy Plowman, and great-grandmother in-law Bertha Mackaben.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Reading and Dr. Yeboah, and the caring angels of MCHS Oncology Nursing Department. Our love and a very special thank you to Mary Jo Warner and Kim Danielski for their time and energy caring for Paula; as well as Compassus Palliative and Hospice care for their devotion, care, kindness, and support of Paula and her family.

Memorials may be designated to St. John’s or St. Paul Lutheran Church, St. John’s Ladies Aid or St. Paul Ladies Aid.

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