Farming Rural 17

Kathy Jo Townsend

October 9, 1972 ~ April 16, 2019 (age 46)


Kathy Jo Townsend, age 46, of Readstown, passed away unexpectedly on April 16th, 2019 at Gunderson Health System in La Crosse. She was born on October 9th, 1972 in Viroqua, Wisconsin to Michael and Susie (Wallace) Miller.  She attended and graduated from Viroqua High School in 1990.  She was united in Marriage to Donald Townsend, Jr. on June 9th, 1990 at Bethel Lutheran Church, rural Viroqua. Together they had 5 children. She worked at KTI KaulTronics, S&S Cycle, and then Schrieber Foods. Last April Kathy was able to retire from Schrieber foods to spend time with her family. She loved gardening and taking care of her rose bushes. She loved farming and was proud to help her husband and children on the family farm. The thing she loved most was spending time with her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed. 

Kathy is survived by her husband Donald “Donny” Townsend Jr. of Readstown; her children: Kevin (Katrina) Townsend of Readstown, Christopher (Kaela) Townsend of Bosstown, Nicholas Townsend of Readstown, Aaron Townsend of Sabin, and Donna Jo (Logan) Townsend of Gays Mills; Grandchildren: Maddy, Trenton, Caden, Ally, Makayla, and Riley, also her soon to be grandchild. mother Susie Miller of Viroqua; Sisters: Sally (Benjamin) Haynes of Viroqua and Connie Melvin of La Farge; She is also survived by her mother in law Vivian Townsend of Readstown; her siblings-in- law: Connie (Mike) Rakovec of Loyal, Lonna (Gene) Rakovec of Greenwood, Glenda Townsend of Sparta, Tammy (Joel) Oppriecht of Sparta, Roseanna (Michael) Welsh of Readstown, and Brother-in-law Phillip Townsend of Readstown. She was also survived by many other nieces, nephews, family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Michael Miller and her Father in law Donald Townsend, Sr. 

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 20th at 1 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church in Readstown with Pastor Charles Miller officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. Family and friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, April 19th at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua, and again from 12 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Per Kathy’s wishes, Burial will take place on the Townsend Family Farm, rural Readstown following the luncheon. Condolences may be left online for the family at


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April 19, 2019

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thorson Funeral Home
856 South Rusk Ave
Viroqua, WI 54665

Funeral Service
April 20, 2019

1:00 PM

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