Posted: Mon 2:42 PM, May 20, 2013
Funeral Home: Helke
Mom was called home May 18th 2013, to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus
Berttie was born October 29th 1932, in Wausau, to the late William and Laura
(St. Clair) Wood. She grew up in Wausau with her four sisters, Mickey,
Marcy, Arleta, and Gerry. Mom stayed close to her sisters and loved them
very much. As a teenager, Mom was a candy striper and took care of the
children with Polio. In 1952, she married Willard “Willie” Farrar and
started a family. They had five children, Tom, Jim, Laurie, Tim, and David.
For the next 12 years, they moved a lot and did many different things to
support their family, including running a block plant on Highway U and a
service station on 17th Avenue and Sherman Street, in Wausau.
Berttie and Willie separated in 1964; and thus began the journey of Mom
raising five children on her own, which meant four rowdy young boys. For
the next eight years, Berttie and her kids moved from Wausau to Rothschild
to Rockford, IL. With little money, a LOT of LOVE, and an occasional “Spock
hold,” Mom taught her children to respect others, and if you fall down, you
Mom always had food on the table and clean cloths hanging on the line, Mom
loved her children more than life itself. She would take long walks with
her daughter Laurie for miles.
In 1972, Mom moved us kids back to Wausau. She reunited with an old
boyfriend, Robert Trigg, from her teenage years, and they were married
September 1st 1972, and started a new life together. Bob was a wonderful
man; he loved us kids as if we were his own. Life became a little easier
for Mom, she continued to work part-time at social services and in the Shang
Gardens with her daughter-in-law, Sara, talking and joking for hours. Mom
and Bob loved taking long walks, gardening, fishing, and spending time with
For the past eight years, osteoporosis had settled in Mom’s bones and with
that came a lot of pain. Us kids did whatever we could to help out, but
most of all, our sister, Laurie, has been the Angel; spending almost every
day after work with her and most every weekend.
Before passing, Mom became a great-great-grandma. We will miss her very,
very much; she has always been our rock. One of her last requests was “TAKE
CARE OF EACH OTHER.” May God be with you Mom, see you in heaven.
Berttie is survived by her five children, Tommy (Lois Pickett) Farrar of
Weston, James (Rita Russ) Farrar of Wausau, Laurell Farrar of Weston, Tim
(Linda Luedtke) Farrar of Rothschild, and David (Sara) Farrar of Rothschild;
14 grandchildren, Jennifer of Dyer, IL, Quinne Farrar of Wis. Rapids, Ariel
and Lorelei Farrar of California, Chris (Angel) Farrar of Schofield, Joe
(Melissa Orkzesik) Farrar of Wausau, Tamie (Steve) Younger of Wausau, Travis
(Angie) Farrar of Mosinee, Andy Farrar of Schofield, James (Diana) Farrar
Jr. of New Jersey, Justin Farrar of Wausau, Melissa (Josh) Farrar of New
York, and Brandon and Wyatt Farrar of Wausau; 17 great-grandchildren; one
great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Gerry Wolfe.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Marcy, Mickey, and
Arleta; and two grandchildren, Coni Jean Norton and William Tommy Picket.
A funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at
Christian Assembly, 400 Grand Ave., Wausau, with Dennis Romine, Pastor,
officiating. Family and friends may call beginning at 9:00 a.m. until the
time of service at the church. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery,
You may sign the family guestbook at www.helke.com.
The family would like to thank Lindsey King and the staff at Mount View Care
Center, for taking good care of our mom and Bob over this past year.