Tracy Rae Podpeskar

Tracy Rae Podpeskar, age 43, a lifelong resident of Virginia passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 4, 2020. She was born on July 14, 1977, in Wausau, Wisconsin, the daughter of Lee and Mary (Jameson) Podpeskar. Of all her many achievements, Tracy’s biggest accomplishment, and the one that she was most proud of was to be the mother of her two amazing daughters, Jordan and Hayden. She bragged about them to all who knew her and loved to share the achievements of her two smart, independent young women. Tracy practiced family law at the highest level, both as a skilled and zealous litigator for her clients and as a talented and effective mediator. Some of Tracy’s professional associations and memberships include the American Bar Association, the Minnesota Bar Association, and the Range Bar Association, of which she had been a past president. Tracy also served as the Chair of Range Ethics Committee and as a Board Member of the Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota, and was selected as a North Star Lawyer, an honor given to attorneys who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services in a year. To her close fellow Iron Range attorneys, she was a gracious organizer and host for many a “Range Lady Lawyer” gatherings, where she made everyone feel welcome. Tracy is survived by her mother: Mary (“Papa Richie”) Podpeskar of Virginia; her daughters: Jordan Skalko and Hayden Skalko, both of Virginia; her brother: Jay Podpeskar of Britt; her uncle and aunt: James (Polly) Podpeskar of Lake Vermilion – Tower; and the father of her children: Justin Skalko of Minneapolis; as well as extended family, and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father: Lee Podpeskar. A Public Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 11 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.at the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home in Virginia. Tracy’s family will hold a private family funeral service. Bill Bauman will officiate the funeral ceremony at the Bauman – Cron Funeral Home in Virginia, and interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Virginia. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions to the Tracy Podpeskar Memorial Fund at the Frandsen Bank, 501 Chestnut St. Virginia, MN 55792. Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share condolences online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.


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