Pauline Olivia Wegner
1925 - 2021
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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.

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Published in Fond du Lac Reporter from Apr. 8 to Apr. 11, 2021.
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David Adams
April 15, 2021
I have fond memories of visiting Aunt Pauline and Uncle Winston on their Wisconsin dairy farm. It was always an adventure for us city kids from Ohio. Auntie Pauline was bigger than life to me with her hearty laugh, dimpled smile and twinkling eyes. She let me sleep in when she came to wake her children for 4 A.M. milkings. She poured the cream from the top of the milk for my morning cereal.

Love and prayers go out to cousins Warren, Susan, Steven, Debora, Katherine, Thomas and Charles. You all made summer visits fun!

Barbara (Bruce) Roger
April 12, 2021
Warren, Deepest sympathies to you and the entire Wegner Family. Cherish the memories, my friend.
Paul Shafer
April 12, 2021
To Deb and your siblings and deepest sympathies on the passing of your mom. God's blessings to you. Cherish the memories.
Diane (Marcoe) Becker
April 11, 2021
The Bruce family (sister Helen married to Thomas, children Doug, Gordon, Dean and Barbara) would like to express their deepest sympathies to the family of Aunt Pauline on her passing. We have always felt so proud of the strength of this Wisconsin farm family. All of our love to cousins Warren, Susan, Steven, Debora, Katherine, Thomas and Charles.
Dean and Marcia Bruce
April 11, 2021
April, 11, 2021

Dear Family,
Auntie Pauline will be greatly missed by her entire family and host of friends. I would like to share a few memories of time spent with her and you.
I first visited her and her family at your farm in Van Dyne, Wisconsin. My friends and I were driving from Pennsylvania (where I was going to college) to Wahpeton, ND to work for the summer in a Bureau of Indian Affairs School. That was in 1962 when most of you were little kids. The first impression of your farm was the largest kitchen table I had yet seen. As we hugged and sat down to look over her picture album, it sounded like we were at a convention with crowds murmuring.
That was when we heard the story of the collapse of the pig roof. Pigs were a central part of paying for your college education apparently. During a winter storm the pig roof collapsed and buried them. Uncle Winston found them later. He and Auntie Pauline came up with the plan to place microphones in the pig pens so you could hear them grunting in the kitchen. No more nasty surprises, but lots of noise.
Seeing the picture albums, it was clear, Auntie Marion beamed holding each tiny new baby in her arms on the front porch. This beaming came even when she still had all the milking to do, every day, all year. Of course, all you kids belonged to 4H and had projects. She told us that Susan made a beautiful cake from scratch, unfortunately using salt instead of sugar. All of you had projects on many subjects and paved your way to stunning careers all over the country and world. I’m not positive, but think none of you stayed on the land for a life of a farmer.
Uncle Winston was deeply proud of his farm and agriculture. There was a wet spring which had flooded the fields and made it impossible to plant. As was his habit, when folks came to visit, he bundled them all in the front seat of the truck to take a long tour. He explained the need as a successful farmer to be creative. He was active in local politics around farming issues. He told us farmers had to pay special attention to govt. tax policies and get the grants needed to plant or not, etc.
Another creative project involved LARGE machinery. We clambered up into air conditioned tractors and plows of which he was very proud. The idea was to have the machines to rent out to surrounding farmers when they needed work. Unfortunately, most of the crops were planted and harvested at the same time, making it almost impossible to meet all those schedules. Never to be discouraged, which seems a strong family trait.
We feasted on fresh baked venison that he and one of his sons shot just that morning at the edge of a cornfield. We learned so much about farming that the soil up north was different from that south and grew good crops. How warm weather meant continuous work, but winter gave time to sharpen tools and read and milk cows.
We belong to a strong, creative and loving family. I hope this passing gives us an opportunity to share more stories. We are probably more alike than we know.
Hugs, comfort and memories to you all.
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