Wauters, Rose B.|
Rose B. Wauters, 105 years old, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in the presence of her daughters. She was born on May 28, 1909 in Hardwood, Michigan to the late Edward and Rachael Villeneuve, and is the last surviving member of her generation in the Wauters and Villeneuve families. She was the fourth child of Edward and Rachael and was born three months after her father's death.
Her mother, now a widow, first moved the family to Schaeffer, Michigan where there were more opportunities for the family. When Rose was eight years old, the family moved to Escanaba, Michigan and she attended St. Anne's Catholic School. She had only spoken French until this time so she had to learn English as well as adjust to new surroundings. She graduated from St. Anne's when she was fifteen years old and then had to seek work to help support her mother. She was fortunate to find work for a printing business setting type and did this until she was eighteen years old, then worked for a plumbing concern in the office and as a mother's helper. This family took her with them one Sunday to Green Bay to visit family and it was there she met her future husband, John (Jack) Wauters. They began a long distance courtship and then she moved to Green Bay in 1930.
On January 27, 1931, she married John "Jack" Wauters at St. Joseph Catholic Church. They first lived on the Wauters' family farm on Ridge Road and Highland Avenue (now Lombardi Avenue) and later purchased their own small farm across the road.
It was exciting to watch the new Packer Stadium being built across the street in the 1950's. This property was later sold to the City of Green Bay and used for parking for the Packer games. Lyndahl Funeral Home is located on this property as well. They then moved to a different home on Western Avenue.
They lived, worked and raised their five children, Richard, Frederick, Theresa, Bonita and Marleen in Green Bay.
Jack preceded her in death on May 28, 1979, and she continued to live in their home until she was 83 years old. She continued to live in independent living until she was 101 years old.
Rose worked side by side with Jack on the produce farm plus raising her children. When she was younger, she worked at Woolworth's and Prange's Department Store as a drapery specialist. She often talked about having made the drapes and door coverings for the St. Agnes Convent. She was an accomplished seamstress and crocheted, knit and made quilts for every member of her family and lots of friends. She was an avid reader and continued making baby quilts until her eye sight was taken from her by macular degeneration while in her nineties.
She was a loving wife and mother who loved her family before everything, was a devoted Packer fan and loved to watch the games when she could and always enjoyed any visits from family and friends. She faced challenges in her life with courage, spunk and an independent spirit. Her determination to overcome these challenges was an inspiration to others.
Rose is survived by her three daughters, Theresa (Victor) Reivitis, Bonita (Roy) McGuire and Marleen Gallenberger; two daughters-in-law, Susie (Frederick's wife) Wauters and Mary (Richard's wife) Wauters; 16 grandchildren, Frederick Wauters, Tom (Patty) Wauters, Dale (Dar) Wauters, Debra Wauters, Betsy (Ken) Schulte, Michael (Kathy) Wauters, Jeff Wauters, Laura (Tim) McIntyre, Charlotte (Adam) Fisher, Christopher (Rebecca) Reivitis, Carrie (Dr. Greg) Nystrom, Terri (Tom) Garland, Mary (Jeff) Magnin, Randy McGuire, Rochelle Meulemans and Matthew (Stephanie) Gallenberger; a step granddaughter, Vicki (Phil) Hansen; 31 great-grandchildren;12 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her two sons, Dick and Fritz; her son-in-law, "Corky" Gallenberger; her grandson, Steve Wauters; and her infant granddaughter, Judy Wauters.
Visitation for Rose will be held Saturday, July 26, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am, at Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Avenue, where the funeral service will take place at 11:00 am with the Rev. Dane Radecki, O'Praem., officiating. Burial will be at Fort Howard Memorial Park. Online condolences may be expressed at www.lyndahl.com.
A memorial fund has been established in Rose's memory for Unity Hospice.
The family would like to thank the staffs at Woodside Lutheran Home, especially Primrose Place and also the friends and family that came to visit Mom which she very much enjoyed.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from July 24 to July 26, 2014