MADISON – Rosemary Schemenauer “Rose or “Rosie”, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on June 23, 2022 at Oakwood Village Memory Care, Madison.
Rose was born on March 13, 1936 to Josephine (Samens) and Charles Meinen in Chippewa Falls. She grew up with her seven siblings on the family farm in Tilden. Rose graduated from McDonell Central Catholic High School in 1954. While working the concession stand at Tilden Ballpark, Rose became interested in a young man who asked her to give him an extra scoop of ice cream. This was the beginning of a beautiful love affair between Rose and the love of her life, Gregory, “Greg” Schemenauer. The couple were married at St Peter’s Church in Tilden on May 11, 1957 and were happily married for 31 years before Greg took to heaven on November 3, 1988 to await a reunion with his bride. Rose and Greg had two daughters followed by 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren whom they loved dearly.
Rose was happiest when engaged in any form of work or activity. She was always willing to help; that was her greatest love language. In her late 70s, Rose could still be spotted snowing neighbors’ driveways or running errands for friends. One of Rose’s greatest joys was cooking and baking. From a young age, Rose clipped recipes from magazines and newspapers and scoured cookbooks for novel recipes to try. Her family and friends were happy recipients of her delicious meals and her decadent desserts and treats. Rose is known far and wide for her fantastic baked beans, which graced every holiday table and were requested for special gatherings of family and friends. Rose also enjoyed sharing her cooking and baking skills with her children and grandchildren. Rose’s home was known as “Camp Grandma” as she spared no expense and energy to plan fun and entertaining activities for her cherished grandchildren. Her children and grandchildren were particularly excited when Rose moved to the Madison area in 2019 to be closer to them.
As befits Rose, she followed her passion and became a dedicated cook at the Golden Age Home, followed by the Chippewa Falls School District. She always did her best to feed the residents and later the children and school staff with well-prepared meals, a kind word and a smile. Rose also served as a volunteer for St. Joseph Hospital, the American Red Cross, and ministered to children in the local elementary schools. In her free time, Rose enjoyed gardening, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends in any way that allowed connection and laughter. Travel has always been highly anticipated and has been a constant in her life, especially with Greg, her children and beloved friends, Shirley and Dick and Betty.
Rose is survived by daughters Julia (Bryan) McGann, Sun Prairie, Lynn Schemenauer-(John) Tahlier, Deerfield; Grandsons, Mitchell McGann, Madison, Madelyn (Alexander) Brown, Stoughton, Emily Tahlier, Minneapolis, MN, Abigail Tahlier, Neenah, Alivia Tahlier, Deerfield; Great-grandchildren Jackson and Paxton McGann and Oaklyn Brown. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Bowe, Carol (Steve) Bohl, Evelyn and Edna Schemenauer, and Betty Bohl, all of Chippewa Falls. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law, Richard (Diane), Charles and Daniel Schemenauer, all of Chippewa Falls, and many other cherished relatives, friends, and neighbors.
In addition to her parents and husband, Rose was preceded in death by siblings Joan Whiteside, Father Myron Meinen, Edward Meinen, Roland Meinen, Dolores Bowe, Kenneth Meinen and Angela Lindner; her mother and father-in-law, Christina (Swoboda) and Henry Schemenauer, sisters-in-law, Dolores Meinen, Karen, Patricia and Dolores Schemenauer, Patricia Bohl and Virginia Wermund; Brothers-in-law Bernard Lindner, Leo Whiteside, Gerald, Kenneth, Francis, Henry and Thomas Schemenauer, Robert Bohl and Wallace Bowe, and other relatives and friends.
Rose was very grateful for the support and love she received from her family, friends and neighbors in Chippewa Falls, especially after Greg’s death. Rose’s family would like to express their deep appreciation to the caregivers and staff at Oakwood Village, Madison, and Parkside Senior Living, DeForest, where her granddaughter Maddy has kept a caring and watchful eye on her. The family would also like to thank Agrace Hospice, Madison, as well as Rose’s treatment team at SSM Health, Dr. Danielle Gindlesberger and Dr. Asher Jones, express your gratitude.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30 at Notre Dame Church in Chippewa Falls. Reverend Jesse Burish will celebrate the funeral service. Burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery in Chippewa Falls.
Friends can call the church from 10 a.m. through the 12 p.m. service on Thursday, June 30.
Donations can be made in Rose’s name to Notre Dame Church, McDonell Area Catholic Schools, or St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary.
Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls is in charge of the preparations.
Family and friends can offer their condolences online at www.horanfuneralhome.com.
Published by The Chippewa Herald on June 28, 2022.