Ronsman, Kaye Mary
Kaye Mary Ronsman, 65, of Tucson, Ariz., died April 2, 2014 of lung cancer. As she did with all things in life, Kaye managed her terminal illness with acceptance, practicality, and grace. One of seven children of Rose and Henry Ronsman of Green Bay, Wis., Kaye was a beloved spouse, sister, aunt, and friend.
Kaye graduated from Green Bay West High School (1966). She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (1975). She earned her degree as a geriatric nurse practitioner (1979) and her master's degree in nursing (1980) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Throughout her career as a geriatric nurse practitioner, Kaye was a respected teacher and clinician. In both her professional and personal life, her love of the elderly was radiant. In 1979, Kaye met her life partner, Kathy Phelan. In 1981, the couple moved to Tucson where Kaye was a lecturer at the University of Arizona College of Nursing (1981-1987). In 1988 Kaye joined the Geriatric Extended Care team at Tucson Veterans Hospital (1988 - 2003 and 2008 - 2013). When a family caregiving opportunity took Kaye and Kathy back to Green Bay for a few years, Kaye joined the Nursing Assistant Faculty at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (2006 - 2008).
Kaye spent the last months of her life in the loving care of her spouse, Kathy, and her cherished sister, Diane. Kaye was preceded in death by her parents Rose and Henry; her brother Tom; sisters-in-law Mary, Irma, Audrey, and Patricia; and brother-in-law Tom Van Veghel. She is survived by her spouse, Kathy Phelan; sister, Diane Olson (David); brothers Bob (Joan Schleis), Jerry (Denise), Ron, and Pat (Sharon); and sister-in-law Jane. Kaye's nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews total more than 70. The youngest will all miss their Aunt Kaye for the penny candy bag she always brought to the Camp Susan family reunions. The older ones will also miss that candy bag, not for the candy, but for the aunt whose unobtrusive thoughtfulness and generosity was the real gift she enjoyed giving them.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Apr. 6, 2014