Obituary: Viola M. (Copiskey) Fairchild

Sept. 17, 1933 – Sept. 19, 2019 

Viola (Copiskey) Fairchild, 86, died at Scandia Village in Sister Bay after a brief battle with cancer.

She was born in Fish Creek to Chester and Gladys Copiskey at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Vertz. She was a proud, lifelong resident of northern Door County. She was a graduate of the Class of 1952 at Gibraltar High School. On March 13, 1954, she married Gordon (Gordy) Fairchild. They had three children: Donna, Earl and John.

Vi enjoyed spending time with her beloved Gordy until his passing. They spent a lot of their free time, when not working various jobs together, riding on Gordy’s Harley or riding their snowmobiles in the winter. She enjoyed gardening, reading and working in her puzzle books.

Survivors include her two sons, Earl (Debbie), John (his wife, Becki, step children, Morgan and Wyatt Hertwig); grandson, Jared (Heidi) Burress, their children Logan, Gavin and Addison Burress; grandson, Ryan (Amber) Burress; nephews, Greg (Annie) Copiskey, James Copiskey, Ken (Mary) Anderson; nieces, Wendy (Dan) Diewald, Amy (Mark) Vogel, Becky (Noel) Sloan, Sharen (John) Young, and Carol Anderson.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Chester and Gladys Copiskey; beloved husband, Gordy; daughter, Donna; three brothers, Donald Copiskey, Al Copiskey, and Arnold Copiskey.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am Friday, Sept. 27, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville, with Rev. Frank Kauzlarich officiating. Burial will be at Blossomburg Cemetery in Fish Creek.

Friends may call at the church Sept. 27, 9-11 am.

Casperson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Sister Bay is assisting the Fairchild family. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Vi can be shared through her tribute page at

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