Jill L. Pitek, 63, of Rhinelander, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2022, with her family at her side. 
The following is in Jill’s words:
I wanted to share my life journey myself to thank the people along the way who helped mold my wonderful life.
I was born June 9, 1958, in Madison, to James and Peg Jarvis. Along with my brother, Jim (Bradly), we lived there until we moved to Schofield around 1966. My parents were wonderful, giving me many advantages and were great examples of how to live well.
I graduated from DC Everest High School with the Class of 1976. It was there I met my future husband and partner, Tom. Since youth, I was active in swimming and swam on the YMCA and high school teams. I also enjoyed and competed with the gymnastic team. But my passion all through high school was art.
When my mother insisted that I would go to college and graduate with any degree, I was thrilled to find art was an option. I went to UWEC and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in graphic design and metalsmithing. It was a wonderful and creative environment and found that I could take my passion and make a career in graphic design. Many good times were had and lifelong friends made. 
After graduating, I worked for Flambeau Corp. (hated it) but found my footing at John Robertson & Associates, Madison, before spending ten years as art director with the Hasting Group, Paoli. Then it was time to venture on my own and in 1993 began Pitek Design, which flourished and I enjoyed for over 23 years. I cherish all the coworkers, vendors, and clients who became friends along the way. They will never know how much help, joy, and satisfaction they gave me. Work was never work which is a great way to spend your life. In 2017, I officially retired.
Tom and I were married in 1981. He has been my best friend and yang to my yin as we are very different, but together, we made a balanced whole. Being welcomed into the Pitek family was the best gift I could ever have hoped for, finding my best friend, generous sisters and brother, and loving parents.
We lived in Verona most of our working careers where we made lifelong friends. Our son, Nathan, was born in 2000. He is everything to me and am so proud of the fine young man he has become. He changed the entire course of our life. Now following his passions, we became soccer, baseball, football, hockey, and Cub Scout parents. We loved and hated watching him play hockey as he was a goalie competing at a very high level. No one knows the pain and joy that being a parent of a goalie brings. But watching him succeed and the hockey friends we met along the way were well worth the anxiety. 
In 2012 we built my dream house on the Wisconsin River near Minocqua. It was a wonderful creative endeavor and I drove everyone crazy with my ideas, but it turned out fantastic. Again, in Minocqua we met so many wonderful new friends who have filled our life with joy and laughter. Thank you for welcoming us into your community.
Throughout my life I loved cooking, gardening, fishing, quilting, Badger and Packer football, spending time at the Pitek family cottage, and trips to Montana and Canada fly fishing. My life was also filled with unconditional love from all our furry pups who I have loved and enjoyed hunting with.
I was preceded in death by my parents, Peg and James Jarvis, and my in-laws, LaVonne and Ron Pitek, who are all missed dearly. I am survived by my husband, Tom, my son, Nathan, and my brother, Jim, and his wife, Gloria.
In closing, thank you to everyone who gave me a life which was so fulfilling and full of love. 
A remembrance/visitation lunch will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Reuland’s Conference Center, in Minocqua, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Generations Funeral Home & Crematory of Tomahawk is assisting the family. You may view Jill’s obituary and leave online condolences at generationsfuneral.com.