Rose Schaller

Kewaunee, Wisconsin

1921 - 2020 (Age 98)


Kewaunee, Wisconsin


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Rose (Rosie) Schaller

Kewaunee - Rose A. (Rosie) Schaller, age 98, of Kewaunee passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at the Kewaunee Health Care Center. She was born in Ctenice, Czechoslovakia on June 2,1921 to the late Anton and Anna (Reichl) Kotyza.

Rose came to the United States in 1924 with her mother and two of her three siblings to meet with her father who was in Kewaunee. She attended Footbridge Grade School and graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1938.

She started her career with Wisconsin Telephone Company as a switchboard operator in Kewaunee and retired from A.T.& T. in Appleton thirty years later and was a lifetime member of the A.T. &T. Pioneers. She enjoyed flower gardening like her mother, cooking and baking for family get togethers, extensive reading, walking and dancing the Polka. She also spent many winters in Florida enjoying the warm weather.

Rose is survived by her five children: Susan (Jim) Zak, Milwaukee; Paul, Two Rivers; David , Baraboo/Kewaunee; Jim (Lisa), Kewaunee; John, Green Bay; her brother: Tony (Donna) Kotyza, Kewaunee; sister-in-law: Julia Kotyza, Kewaunee; ten grandchildren: Jared (Jessica) Zak; Jamie (Andre) Kaul; Jennifer (Greg) Pope; Sara (Pat) Kiely; Jeffrey and special friend, Theresa; Jessup (Jenny) Schlies; Jeremy Schaller and Fiancé, Abby; Jason (Nikki) Schaller; Corinne Schaller; Hayden Schaller; eight great grandchildren: McKenzie, Amelia Kaul; Nora Kiely; Clara and Hudson Schlies; Caleb, Peyton and Logan Schaller and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by the father of her children: Andrew Schaller; a brother: Joe Kotyza; a sister and brother-in-law: Millie and Larry Verdegan.

Visitation, limited to five people at a time, will be after 12:00 Noon on Friday, May 22 at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee until a private funeral service at 2:00 p.m. which will be live streamed at Go to "Parish" and click on "watch this weeks Mass". Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery.

Mom was a kind, sweet, independent lady who always put others ahead of herself, even while she was struggling with dementia. We all will miss you.

Rose's family would like to thank the staffs of Kewaunee Care Center and Unity Hospice for the loving care they gave her. A special thanks to our brother, Dave for all the time and care he spent with our mother.

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Sending my love and condolences to you all. I will always have a special place in my heart for Aunt Rosie and will cherish my memories of her forever. Please know I am thinking of you all today and the days ahead as you mourn the loss of your wonderful mother. Love, Terri

Sending my love and condolences. Your mother was an amazing women... one of a kind. She will always hold a special place in my heart and I will cherish my memories of Aunt Rosie forever. Please know I am thinking of you all during this very sad time. Love, Terri.

Rosie was at the switchboard in Kewaunee when the band director, Mr. Thorson, had to change a rehearsal schedule so he called several players and gave each a few names to call to tell about the new time. That drove the switchboard nuts and Rose asked Mr. Thorson to not do that anymore. Rose said that he laughed. As an aside Madonna Jirtle's dad said that Mr. Thorson built a great band from scratch. Madonna is married to Tony, Rose's brother and they have the same birthday, July 20. Bob...

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