Joanne P. Rothe

Dec. 21, 1927 - April 26, 2011

Joanne Peters Rothe, 83, passed away peacefully at the home she had shared with her husband Tuesday, April 26, 2011. She was born Joanne Augusta Peters on Dec. 21, 1927, in Oconomowoc, the daughter of Dr. Henry A. and Emma Peters.

Her grandfather, Henry Martin Peters, a merchant tailor, settled on what is now Lake Road in Oconomowoc in the 1860s. Joannes father, Dr. Henry A. Peters, was first a pharmacist and then for many years a physician in Oconomowoc.

Her mother, the former Emma Nicolaus, was a daughter of the Rev. A.F. Nicolaus, founding pastor of St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson. Joanne graduated from Oconomowoc High School, attended the University of Wisconsin, where she joined Gamma Phi Beta, and graduated from Carroll College in Waukesha. She taught elementary school in Hartland and Oconomowoc before being united in marriage to Ernell "Ernie" Rothe on April 27, 1957. She was a loving, giving person who gave so much of herself to the community of Madison as a volunteer during her lifetime. One of her most memorable gifts of time was at Attic Angels.

After Ernies retirement, Jo and Ernie traveled extensively throughout the world, including Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Alaska. On these trips, Joanne enjoyed her great interest in art history. She had a passion for flowers and nature, and was known for the beautiful gardens she created and cared for at their homes in Shorewood Hills. She also enjoyed birds, reading, swimming and playing bridge. Joanne had a special gift for making her nieces and nephews feel loved like an attentive friend or second mother. Joanne is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Ernie, and her cherished nieces and nephews, Peter B. (Christine) Wilson of Midlothian, Va., Martha Wilson of Ridgefield Park, N.J., Ann Wilson of Richfield, Minn., Henry (Marit) Peters of Madison, Kurt (Lise Faillettaz) Peters of Northfield, Minn., Eric (Elena Fox) Peters of Madison, Mark (Janeen) Peters of St. Paul, Minn., Terry Rothe of California, Jeff Rothe of Texas, Kimi Rothe Broyhill Lutz of New Jersey, Steve Rothe and Mary Ellen Rothe and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Charlotte Wilson; and brother, Dr. Henry A. Peters.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Thursday, May 5, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison, with Msgr. Kenneth J. Fiedler officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff of Senior Helpers for their loving and compassionate care of Joanne, and their continuing care for Ernie.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials in Joannes name be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 401 S. Owen Drive, or Attic Angel Place, 8301 Old Sauk Road, Middleton, WI 53563.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service, 608-238-3434, is serving the family.