Andrea Wirth, age 35, of Chicago, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 21, 2014. She was born on December 27, 1978, in Appleton, the daughter of Thomas and Angela (Toepel) Wirth. Andrea graduated from Kaukauna High School Class of 1997 as Valedictorian. She then went on to receive her BA in Economics and Business from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2000. While attending Cornell College Andrea locally headed Habitat for Humanity and following graduation she was elected to the Board of Young Trustees for the College.
Andrea began her professional career in 2000 as an Equity Analyst with Robert W. Baird in Milwaukee. While working full-time, from 2005 to 2008, Andrea attended The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, receiving her MBA with a concentration in Accounting and Finance. Shortly thereafter Andrea was promoted to Vice President-Senior Analyst and relocated to Chicago where she worked for Robert W. Baird until 2011. Andrea was currently employed as a Research Associate with Oak Ridge Investments.
Andrea lived life to its fullest and was passionate about many things. On any given day you could see her out running on the streets of Chicago with her beloved Labrador and constant companion Ella. Andrea was an advocate for furthering education and a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization. She was passionate about her career and politics and was an active member of the Chicago Young Professionals and Chicago Young Republicans. She enjoyed reading books, had a great love for music and became an accomplished pianist. Andrea enjoyed being active, social and making lasting and meaningful connections with family and her many wonderful friends.
Andrea is survived by her parents Thomas and Angela Wirth; brothers: Landon (Nicole) Wirth and Brenton Wirth; niece Emerson Wirth; grandparents Diane and Harry Wirth; She is further survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Andrea was preceded in death by her grandmother Edith Toepel.
The funeral liturgy for Andrea will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, August 29, 2014 at ST. KATHARINE DREXEL PARISH – ST. MARY CHURCH, 119 W. Seventh Street in Kaukauna. Fr. Jerry Pastors will be officiating. A Celebration of Andrea's Life will be held on Thursday at the Fargo Funeral Home, 400 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Kaukauna, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm and again at the church from 11:00 am until the time of mass.
To support Andrea's passion for furthering education, a memorial scholarship fund for women pursuing a career in business will be established in her name. In lieu of flowers, a contribution to this fund is requested.
Online condolences can be offered at www.wichmannfargo.com.