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Obituary for Brenda Koth-Kolpitcke


Brenda Koth-Kolpitcke, 58, of Onalaska, Wis., passed away Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at her home. She was born on May 14, 1959, in Cavalier, N.D., to Kenneth and Virginia (Rau) Koth. She lived in Jamestown, N.D., until 1968, when the family moved out west to Oregon City, Ore. Brenda was a 1977 graduate of Oregon City High School where she played on the tennis team, played the violin in orchestra, and was active in the Oregon City Evangelical Youth Group. Brenda attended George Fox College where she was on the women’s field hockey and tennis teams. She then transferred to Oregon State University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Foods and Nutrition. Brenda moved to LaCrosse, Wis., where she earned her Master of Science Degree in Cardiac Rehab and Adult Fitness at the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse and later became a registered dietician. While in graduate school, Brenda developed the “Cholesterol Clock” and partnered with Family Circle Magazine, Runner’s World, Fleischman’s Margarine, and Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in marketing and educating consumers. She owned several trademarks and published several articles related to health and nutrition. Brenda also developed a fitness program for the Company Store. While starting and maintaining her Cholesterol Clock business, she received a tremendous amount of help from people in the community and was so thankful for their help and contributions. Brenda taught nutrition at Winona State University and worked in the Health Services as the Campus Nutritionist and counselor from 1990-1998. She began her career at Watkins in 1998 as a health and nutrition advisor. She was promoted to Director of Sales and Training and then Business Development Manager which she held until September of 2017. From 1990 until 2001, she also worked at UPS where she met Mark Kolpitcke, whom she later married on November 16, 2004. They enjoyed many happy years together sharing their love of sports, recreational activities, trips to Florida, and family gatherings, especially on the jet skis which the grandkids loved. Brenda is a member of Coulee Life Church (formerly Sand Lake Wesleyan) and was active in youth ministry for many years, including Bible Quiz Bowl coach and hosting many youth beach activities. Brenda always went out of her way to make sure everyone was included in all activities and having fun. Growing up in Oregon she loved the beach and outdoor activities like running and jet skiing. She loved taking family and friends to the beach which provided many memorable outings. She and Mark enjoyed travelling to vacation spots and loved spending time with the grandkids. Survivors include her husband, Mark; her step-son, Ben (Adrian) and their children, Emma, Maija, and Simon; her step-daughter, Katie and her son, Xavier; and her two sisters, Kamie (Fred) Gums and Joy (Mike) Odom. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, Ken and Virginia Koth. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at Coulee Life Church, N5761 County Rd. SN, Onalaska. Pastor Fred Gums and Pastor Craig Coe will officiate. A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., with a time of sharing to take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, and also from 10 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday, all at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, La Crosse, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.