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Rosemary (Nackers) Racine

Green Bay - On June 18, Rosemary Racine (formerly Nackers), transitioned peacefully to join her beloved husband Gerald "Paul" Racine who passed on June 21, 2012. She leaves behind sons Dirk (wife Sue), David (wife Linda) and treasured grandchildren Heather (Racine) Kessler (husband Jon) and Brent Racine (wife Tracy). Rosemary was preceded in passing by sister Dorothy (Nackers) Zelten and brother Norbert Nackers.

Rosemary's childhood in Green Bay was filled with adventures with dear friends Kay VanGrunsven, Maizie Grundwald and Georgie Plamann. Her love of sports started early from the softball field where she pitched a mean fastball with her long blonde braid swinging behind her.

A graduate of Nicolet High School, Rosemary went on for business courses at Badger Business College in Green Bay. She met husband Paul at a college dance and the two became inseparable until Paul's Army tour in Germany. Following his return, they were married on May 21, 1955. Over their 57 years of happy marriage their travels included skiing in Switzerland and Colorado, beaches in Hawaii and Jamaica (complete with meeting the band UB40), wintering in Florida and motorcycle trips with son David and his wife Linda. Rosemary and Paul enjoyed Elder Hostel trips with their grandchildren across Colorado, the Badlands, Yellowstone and the Sand Dunes.

Rosemary was a natural athlete excelling at downhill and cross-country skiing, tennis and golf. Her bookshelf was filled with her trophies including first place at the Wisconsin Mother/Son Golf Tournament won by Rosemary and son Dirk. She and Paul were active members of the Western Racquet Club and Northbrook Country Club. Rosemary passed on her passion for sports to her sons teaching them to ride bikes and motorcycles, as well as swim and ski.

She also shared her love of cars with her husband and sons and cruised area roads in a succession of sport cars ranging from a Triumph, Datsun 260Z, Dodge Charger to a Porsche 944. Rosemary enjoyed the arts and was an early member of the Allouez Town Band playing clarinet and traveling with the band on their tour through Germany. She was also a talented pianist and painter.

Of all her outdoor adventures Rosemary loved best her trips to the family's cottage in Mountain, Wisconsin. After many summers filled with happy family gatherings, later years found Rosemary strolling the wooded paths with Paul and their favorite sidekick, Jake the dog. Cottage trips included lazy pontoon boat rides complete with Manhattans, and quiet sun-filled days floating in the lake hand-in-hand with her beloved Paul.

Rosemary will be missed by her sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and many friends throughout the community. She will be remembered for her sense of adventure and fun, and her strong love for her family.

At her request, close family will celebrate Rosemary's life at a private ceremony. In lieu of attending formal services, friends are encouraged to take time and enjoy a stroll in Green Isle Park.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from June 20 to June 21, 2018
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