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Addyson Kaczmarski 10/23/2023

Addyson Kate Kaczmarski, New Richmond High School Class of 2024, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 23, 2023, at 2:20AM after a 2-year battle with brain cancer.
Addy was born on March 20, 2006, in Amery, WI, the youngest of four children blessed to Brian Kaczmarski and Renee Kaczmarski. Addy’s blonde hair was quite a surprise as her three older siblings were true red heads. The blonde hair would be a foreshadowing of her giant personality, sense of humor, competitive nature, and overall spunk.
Addy was happiest when surrounded by friends, family, and her beloved pets. Addy had the unique ability to truly appreciate the simple things in life; things many today take for granted. Her spunk and sass became quite apparent when Addy showed flashes of her competitive side or flat-out anger. This usually manifested itself by seeing her three older siblings running away for fear of bodily harm, followed quickly by a blonde flash screaming at the top of her lungs.
Addy truly enjoyed school, made friends easily, and adored her teachers. A common trait for Addyson would be to approach the ‘new kids’ and become their first friend in a new school. Addy was fiercely loyal and protective of her friends, especially when she felt ‘the little guy’ was being picked on. To say Addy took people under her wing would be an understatement.
Addy enjoyed everything outdoors, particularly fishing and snowmobiling. She rode with a heavy thumb and her hair on fire, grinning from ear to ear. Addy fell in love with the sport of powerlifting at an early age and the team became her second family. The sport and atmosphere were a perfect fit for her competitive nature, support of others, and ability to convince others what they were truly capable of. Addy simply brought out the best in people.
Addy was diagnosed with a brain tumor in August of 2021. She faced the journey like she did with everything else, head on, in good spirits, and with her trademark smile. Regardless of good news or bad news, Addy was the first to make sure family and friends were ok before even thinking about herself. Addy’s journey exposed her to some amazing angels on earth in the form of her various healthcare teams. And Addy always left her mark. Her primary pediatric neuro-oncologist often joked that clinic operations came to a halt when Addy had a visit because everyone was drawn to her.
Addy was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, and three of her four great-grandparents. She is survived by her parents Brian, Renee (Rick Jirik), siblings Hallie, Blake and Lexi, grandparents Marlys Kaczmarski and David and Lorelei Swanepoel, along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and an entire army of friends and supporters (Addy’s Army). Addy will be deeply, deeply missed by all who knew and loved her, and we ask our entire community to help us keep her memory alive.
We are incredibly thankful and grateful for Addy’s medical care teams at Children’s Hospital Minnesota (Dr. Skrypek and team), Mayo Clinic in Rochester, University of California – San Francisco, and Adoray Home Care and Hospice (Nurse ‘Cold Hands’, Dani). We would also be remiss if we didn’t thank our entire community for their love and support during this difficult time.
A Celebration of Addyson’s Life was held on Monday, October 30, 2023, at 11 am at Faith Community Church 1040 Paperjack Drive New Richmond, WI.  Visitation was on Sunday, October 29, 2023 from 4-8 pm at Faith Community Church and again on Monday from 9-11 am at the church.  Please dress casually, Addyson’s favorites were jeans and flannel or hoodie.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.   Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Addyson’s service




  • Jeanne Posted October 23, 2023 6:00 pm

    What a beautiful child! My deepest sympathies to all families of Addyson. My heart aches for your loss.
    Saying prayers for peace and understanding.

  • Zach LeKander Posted October 23, 2023 7:28 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Kaz. We’re all here for you.

  • Evie Posted October 23, 2023 8:06 pm

    Dear Kaczmarski Family, I have nothing but sorrow in my heart for the loss you’re experiencing, but you must know that you will get through this together. The love and strength you have is exactly what gave Addyson peace in her last moments. She truly is a beautiful, special girl and her impact here on earth has left a mark that you’ll carry with you forever. She is a fighter and her shinning light is missed dearly. ❤️

  • JILL Posted October 24, 2023 9:37 am

    kaczmarski family, I am at a loss for words. My heart breaks for all of you. I remember Addy when she attended Paperjack. Sweet, sweet girl. Sending all of you lots of hugs and prayers.

  • Bridget Dulon Posted October 24, 2023 2:38 pm

    Our very deepest sympathy.
    Thinking of you all!
    Much love ~The Dulons (Brian, Bridget, Brent, Riley & Ellen)

  • Joy Knutson Posted October 24, 2023 3:14 pm

    I didn’t know her but I remember that name from class of 80 in high school. I am so very sorry for your great loss and will pray for peace and comfort in healing ❤️‍🩹

  • Julie Gilbertson Posted October 24, 2023 5:10 pm

    I feel so blessed to have taught your sweet girl! She is a precious angel!

  • Heidi Link Posted October 24, 2023 7:06 pm

    Sending our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy. Continued prayers are coming your way as you navigate the tragic loss of a beautiful and larger than life soul. 💕

  • Robyn and Duane Meixner Posted October 24, 2023 10:29 pm

    My hear breaks for you all! ❤️ Prayers and hugs, thinking of you all!

  • Leslie Schultz Posted October 25, 2023 12:06 am

    That little girl had such a spark! My memories are only of a lovely child from an amazing family! My heart goes out to all of you. Praying that the wonderful memories will help ease your pain in the coming days and weeks 🙏

  • Fred Ranum Posted October 25, 2023 6:41 am

    I cherish all the fond memories getting to know the Kaczmarski family,Addy was truly loved by all,me included.Sincere condolences to Brian,Rene, Hallie,Blake,Lexi and
    gramma Kacz,Marlys.As well as all the Aunts,Uncles & cousins.A wonderfull family,
    such a great loss.

  • Brenna Moon Posted October 25, 2023 10:40 am

    Love you forever adawg❤️❤️❤️

  • Joan Simpson Posted October 25, 2023 4:39 pm

    A bright light has gone out…. The little time I shared with her was time I will always treasure. If all could tackle life with her zest, hope and positivity. May she be an example for all. Such a kind and tender soul that will be truly missed. God bless those left behind as they navigate a world void of her beautiful presence. God bless…..

  • Jeff and Dianne Albarado Posted October 26, 2023 7:22 am

    Kaczmarski family you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Katy Call Posted October 26, 2023 4:11 pm

    Prayers go out to you Renee and your family. Treasure all the memories that you have. God bless.

  • Sheila Jacobson Posted October 26, 2023 6:00 pm

    My deepest sympathy and prayers!!

  • Lawrence Moore Posted October 27, 2023 12:48 am

    Renee and Brian. Two of my favorite students; two of my favorite people.
    Love transcends time and distance. Love you both and share your sorrow. It is personal for me also. Reach out of you ever need an old friend. I’m reaching out to your souls.
    Larry Moore

  • Jennifer Evans Posted October 27, 2023 10:43 am

    Hello to the Kaz family- There are no words, as our family knows. I want to let you know that Maddie and I have thought of you all often the past two years. Please know that we understand your loss, if you ever want to reach out to us, please do. My thoughts, hugs, prayers are with you in the upcoming days, months, years to come. Take it a step at a time. Love to you, Jenn Evans

  • Joanne Witthoft Posted October 27, 2023 9:15 pm

    Dear Brian and Family,
    I just learned of your daughter’s passing. I am so incredibly sorry!!!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!! What a beautiful tribute to her. Joanne Batchelder Wiffhoft

  • Mark Dolezal Posted October 30, 2023 11:34 am

    I can not dream of how difficult this time is and has been. My heart goes out to every member of the Kaczmarski family. My hope for you all is that you find a way to hold in your heart, and be grateful for, every moment that you were given with Addy rather than to be lost in how unfair it is to lose her so young.

    God bless you all.

  • Debbie Frank Posted November 21, 2023 12:20 pm

    I just found out about your loss, so sorry. Hugs to you Renee. Cherish the memories. Addy was an incredible young lady. 💕

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