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Frederick H Caturia

Frederick H Caturia

Frederick H. Caturia, age 91, of Arkansaw, WI joined his loved ones in heaven on June, 24,2024.

Fred was born on November 28, 1932 to Acie and Jane (Haldeman) Caturia. He grew up on the farm in ‘Big Coulee’ Arkansaw where he would continue to farm, raise his family and live the rest of his life.  He attended 8 years of grade school at the Big Coulee grade school and graduated from Arkansaw High School in May of 1950.

Following graduation, Fred and Jim Lien, his classmate and life long friend, worked their way west doing whatever farm work they could find. They landed in Washington working the fruit and apple harvest through November.

On April 1, 1951 Fred enlisted in the US Navy and proudly served his country for 4 years on the Aircraft Carrier USS Tarawa.  Fred literally sailed around the world on this beloved ship with tours to the Mediterranean and Korea. He was able to see and experience many different things that people often only dream about before being honorably discharged in March of 1955.  Fred loved sharing stories of his adventures around the world, and has even mapped his path on a globe for his grandchildren and great grandchildren as a treasured keepsake.

Fred was no stranger to hard work.  In 1955 he went to work for Norman Seivwright Construction for several years, which is where he learned his masonry skills.  In 1965 he joined the Bricklayers Union, working full time until his retirement in 2000. This was not Fred’s only line of work though, as he also farmed full time too, with the help of his wife and children running their dairy farm and 140 acres  for several years, until eventually selling the cows in 1989. After retirement, you would never see Fred sitting still. He was well known for his masonry skills and continued to do brick work for many people in the area well into his 70’s.

In 1957, he met his wife, Arvilla Bauer. They were married on February 12, 1958. To this union, eight children were born.  In 1969, they purchased the home farm from his parents where they would raise their children, run their dairy farm, face many trials and tribulations as well as create many memories over the years.   Fred enjoyed his large garden and sharing the vegetables with many friends and family with a special delivery from him, always with a smile on his face, a story to tell and a minute or usually longer to chit chat. Fred enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, playing cards and especially his day trips to the casino once in a while.  He will always be remembered for being a very kind and generous man, always willing to help anyone in need.  His faith, family and farm were his pride and joy.

Fred is preceded in death by his wife, Arvilla of 62 years, a son Patrick, brothers Alfred, Dwight (Ollie), John (Veronica) and Wilbur and a sister Grace (Alvin) Iverson as well as his parents.

He is survived by his children Monica (Kevin) Schack of Webb Lake, Gene (Laura) of Exeland, Marjorie (Dan) Biesterveld of Arkansaw, Theresa Kriesel of Cochrane, Gina (Glenn) Hayden of Arkansaw, Kenneth (Tammy) Caturia of Durand and Joe (Tammy) Caturia of Arkansaw, Sister-in-law Joyce Caturia as well as several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00AM Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at St. Joseph’s Parish in Arkansaw with Rev. Junabe V. Villapaz officiating. Burial will be in the Arkansaw French Cemetery in Arkansaw with Military Honors provided by the Durand American Legion Post #186. Visitation will be held from 4:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand, WI and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Patrick Wright

    Condolences to the family from dad( Larry wright), and myself. Dad cant drive that far, and i cant get off work. Prayers for all of the family.h

  2. John and Judy Parr

    our prayers with you all

  3. Vicci Rosenberg

    So sorry for you loss!! Fred was a god man

  4. Liz Tashakori

    My condolences to the large family of this great man.

  5. Carol and Antonio Marin

    Sending hugs and prayers to all Uncle Fred's children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. It is so hard to say goodbye to a parent. He is now reunited with those who went before him in God's presence. May he rest in peace.

  6. Gail Cotterman

    The Caturia Family;
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Freddy was a great honorable man who my Dad talked about often when I seen him. He always dropped in to talk Dads ear off whenever he drove by which Dad enjoyed! I will always remember him as I do the other old neighbors that have all passed on! Freddy is with them in heaven now at pease! May you all be strong during this difficult time! God is with you!!
    Gail Cotterman

  7. Rosemary and Don Becker

    I am sorry for your loss. I always looked forward to the Christmas card he would send to write about his hunting adventures that year.

  8. Tamara Langreck

    My deepest condolences to the family. He sounded like an interesting and kind man.

  9. Penny Weissinger

    Monica, so very sorry to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories spending time with your family.

  10. Melissa Larrabee

    Kenny & Joe, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for your entire family.

  11. Dave Weber

    My condolences to the family.

  12. Ann Hesch

    Fred was such a wonderful man, a great sense of humor, and always a smile on his face! What a full like he lived! He was always so attentive to Arvilla. My sympathies to the family!

  13. Doug Tylee

    I worked with Fred laying brick on some jobs years ago. He was one of the hardest working and just a all around great guy. R.I.P. Fred.

  14. Laura Boese

    Love - hugs - and prayers to the Family - Fred was a great man and a good friend- he treated me like family- he sure will be missed- my heart is sad for you all!

  15. Linda M Wright

    Our sincere sympathy to your entire family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Terry & Linda Wright

  16. Dick & Jan Bates

    Family: Fred was a good generous man. From reading his obituary he had a good full life. Always something to say when I ran into him. He will be missed.

  17. Linda Anderson Lager

    I'm so very sorry to hear of Fred's passing. Hugs and prayers to his family. The community of Arkansaw has been hit hard these past few months with all the family lost.

  18. Thomas Biles

    sorry to hear of Fred's passing. Prayers to the family

  19. Diane Longsdorf

    So very sorry for your loss. He was a good man.

  20. Duane & Tammy Sinz

    Our sincere condolences to the Caturia Family, Gina & Glenn us four, all been through a lot and we are there for you..

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