Shelia Jo Palubicki, 52, of Combined Locks, Wisconsin, died peacefully in her home on Friday, January 8, 2021 in Combined Locks after battling the neurodegenerative disease Spinocerebellar Ataxia for nearly 20 years.
Shelia was born in Greenfield, Iowa to Arvid Gary Evans and Grace Marie (Tapken) Evans on June 12, 1968. She went to school at Bridgewater and then Fontanelle, Iowa. During her youth she could be found helping out on the family farm working the land, raising hogs, and milking cows in the small dairy. She loved animals and would show both swine and cattle during County and State Fair time. She graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelors in Education and later a Masters in Agriculture. Although after one year of teaching grade school, and not finding it to her liking, she found very satisfying work as an Animal Laboratory Technician and then an Assistant Manager in Quality Assurance for Fort Dodge Animal Health “The Labs”. She worked for “The Labs” for 14 years before being unable to work because of her ataxia. She married Lonny Charles Palubicki on January 16, 2000 in Miami, Florida. Shelia was involved in many 4H activities during her youth and later as a volunteer leader taking small groups of young people on hiking and canoe trips to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota.
Shelia is preceded in death by her Grandparents George and Theresa (Wildhagen) Tapken and George Kenneth “Jimmy” and Lois (Walton) Evans and Father-in-law John Palubicki.
Shelia is survived by her husband Lonny: Three Siblings Denice (Bruce) Ostrander, Warren (Dana) Evans and Andrea (Tim) Lynn: Parents Arvid Evans and Grace Evans: Mother-in-law Theresa (Wojciehowski) Palubicki: And Brother and Sister-in-laws Dave (Nancy) Palubicki, Cathy (Mark) Wittmann and Larry (Mo) Palubicki. Shelia is also survived by many loving Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles Cousins and Friends.
Please consider giving a donation in Shelia’s name to the National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) in Minneapolis, Minnesota in lieu of flowers or other gifts.
The family of Shelia wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Price, ThedaCare Hospice, and the many Nurses that helped during the last weeks of her life. Additionally, the family wishes to thank our many neighbors and especially Dorothy, Shelia’s kindred spirit. A special thanks is also warranted for Cathy and Theresa who spent many days and nights during the last weeks at Shelia’s side.
Funeral services will be held later this summer in Bridgewater, Iowa. Burial of Shelia’s cremated remains will follow at the Witt Cemetery in Bridgewater.