Pauline Olivia Wegner
Madison - Pauline Olivia Wegner, 95, of 6550 Schroeder Rd, Madison, WI, died in her sleep Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
Born December 26, 1925, in Reading, PA, she was the daughter of the late Warren Snyder and Eva Brumbach Adams. Pauline wanted to come out west for college so she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned a BA in Library Science. While there, she met and married Winston W. Wegner on December 24, 1947.
Together they raised crops for almost 50 years on farmland in Eldorado and Van Dyne, WI; while also milking cows, raising beef cattle and hogs. As a newly married, former city person, Pauline launched into farm duties of cooking on a wood-fired stove, picking sour cherries for pies from the little cherry tree on the lawn, and gathering eggs and taking them to sell around the neighborhood. She became a rural naturalist who knew many of the trees and plants, birds and flowers, butterflies and other insects. With these talents, she assisted her children with their 4-H projects of cooking, nature conservation, etc. Alongside of her children, she helped plant thousands of tree seedlings. Pauline was an avid reader all of her life, and was an animated reader of children's books when she read aloud. With her skilled intonation and that sheer joy of hers, she made the characters come alive.
In later years, she tutored Brooke Industries people with their reading. She also traveled around WI and the U.S. with her husband as he performed his duties for the WI Corn Promotion Board. Winston preceded her in death April 7, 2010. She moved down to Madison in 2014 to live one-half block away from her Madison-based daughter.
She is survived by her sister, Marian (Rodney) Frederick, Shillington, PA; and sister-in-law, Elaine (Elton) Wegner, North Fond du Lac, WI.
She is also survived by her seven children: Warren (Judy) Wegner, Nantucket, MA; Susan Wegner (John Fischer), Brunswick, ME; Steven (Ada Oliveros Echevarría) Wegner, Huaraz, Peru; Debora Wegner Moritz, Scottsdale, AZ; Katherine Wegner (Bob Andrews), Madison, WI; Thomas (Barbara Weisman) Wegner, Minneapolis, MN; and Charles Wegner, Lincoln, NE.
Also five grandchildren: Griffin, Asher and Mariah Moritz, all Scottsdale, AZ; Samuel (Meghan Daly) Wegner, St Paul, MN; and Pauline Wegner Oliveros, Huaraz, Peru.
One brother and three sisters preceded her in death.
There will be no public service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to your local humane society.
Published in Fond du Lac Reporter from Apr. 8 to Apr. 11, 2021.