Rose T. Willey

April 11, 1937 - June 10, 2011

Rose T. Willey, 74, Lake Mills, died Friday, June 10, 2011, at her home.

She was born April 11, 1937, in Hartford, the daughter of the late George J. and Jane (Kiley) Smith.

She graduated from Hartford High School, Class of 1955.

Rose married Robert C. Willey on Feb. 8, 1958. He died Oct. 9, 2007.

She had been employed at Willowbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center prior to retiring. She and her husband owned and operated Big Bobber’s Bait & Tackle in Lake Mills.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Lake Mills and its Council of Catholic Women.

Survivors include her four sons, Ronald of Allentown, Pa., Ralph (Nicole), Robin, both of Lake Mills, and Ryan of Fort Atkinson; six grandchildren, Jennifer, Kyle, Brittney Rose, Benjamin, Kaleb, and Alexis Rose; two step-grandchildren, Briana and Kayla; three brothers, Austin (Loretta) Smith of Oconomowoc, G. James (Doris) Smith of Menomonee Falls, Francis Patrick (Judy) Smith of Hartland; one sister, Evelyn Fischer of Plymouth; one sister-in-law, Elizabeth Smith of Johnson Creek; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was also preceded in death by one son at the age of 6 weeks, Randolfh; one stillborn son; and one brother, John M. Smith.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial Monday, June 20, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Lake Mills with the Rev. John Urban as celebrant. Burial will be at noon Tuesday, June 21, at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.

Claussen Funeral Home is assisting the family. For more information, call 920-648-2514 or visit online at