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Viola M. (Copiskey) Fairchild

September 17, 1933 ~ September 19, 2019 (age 86)

     Viola (Copiskey) Fairchild, 86, died Thursday, September 19, 2019 Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village in Sister Bay after a brief battle with cancer.

     She was born in Fish Creek on September 17, 1933 to Chester and Gladys Copiskey at the home of Mr. & 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.

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

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Gladys Copiskey; beloved husband, Gordy; daughter, Donna; and three brothers, Donald Copiskey, Al Copiskey, and Arnold Copiskey.

     Vi’s life will be honored with a memorial service held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville with Pastor Frank Kauzlarich officiating. Burial will be in Blossomberg Cemetery in Fish Creek.

     Friends may call at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.

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

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