Doris Pollard Wichern (nee Brown), 96, of Baraboo, was born to eternal life Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at Meadow Ridge Assisted Living after a brief illness.
She was born June 3, 1921, in Shennington, the daughter of Harry and Lucille Brown. In 1941, she married James B. Pollard in Kendall, with whom she raised a family and lived for 47 years until his death in 1989. During the next 10 years, she traveled and volunteered at several places, including The Circus World Museum, St. Clare Hospital and St. Clare Meadows. She enjoyed the company of friends and also cared for her mother, who lived to be 105 years old. While volunteering at St. Clare Meadows in Baraboo, she met a fellow volunteer named Earl Wichern and they married on Sept. 20, 1999.
Doris has been a longtime resident of Baraboo, arriving with her family shortly after her husband returned from World War II. She graduated from Kendall (Wisconsin) High School in 1939 as salutatorian and attended a business college in Elgin, Illinois. She worked in various secretarial capacities in Baraboo for many years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, participating in several different organizations over the years. Until last year, she was an active member of Curves and still volunteered at St. Clare Meadows. She was also an avid reader.
Doris is survived by her husband of 18 years, Earl Wichern, and his daughter, Sandi Wichern; her children, James S. Pollard (Judy), Mary D. Perz (Thomas) and Thomas W. Pollard (Lila); 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; as well as many relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Lucille Brown; brothers, Stanley and Harris Brown; and husband James B. Pollard.
The family is so grateful for the ultimate in care received from Dr. Stuart Hannah, the entire loving staff at Meadow Ridge and Home Health United Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Joseph Catholic Church.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Father Jay Poster officiating. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.