Anne Rita Wickland

Anne Rita Wickland, nee Stoffel, 51, of West Bend, found peace on March 29, 2007 at Kathy Hospice, after a courageous eight- year battle with cancer.

She was born on Aug. 18, 1955 in West Bend to Teresa and Mathias Stof-fel.

Anne attended Holy Angels Grade School, where in second grade she decided she wanted to be a teacher.

She later attended West Bend West High School, graduating in 1973.

In 1977, she earned her teaching degree from the Univer-sity of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, with a double major in Spanish and history. In 1998 Anne earned her master’s degree in education.

On June 25, 1977, Anne was united in marriage to Al Wickland at Holy Angels Catholic Church.

Anne taught Spanish and history one year at Green Lake High School, and then spent the next seven years cheerfully raising her two children.

In 1985, she was offered a position at West Bend West High School teaching Spanish.

Se–ora Wickland taught for 21 years at the high school, continuing to teach until February even after being diagnosed a second time with breast cancer in September of 2006.

Over the years, Anne was very involved with the West Bend High Schools.

She was the foreign language department head, yearbook advisor, forensics judge and lead chaperone on Spanish trips to Spain and Costa Rica.

She loved to watch her students perform, whether it be at sporting events, school plays or musical concerts.

She also stayed involved as a track timer and West Bend West girls’ basketball scorekeeper.

Outside the classroom, Anne loved spending time with her family and friends, running, taking walks with her husband and watching her children’s extracurricular activities.

She was a die-hard Cubs fan, especially of Cubs legend Ron Santo.

She enjoyed daily summer church services with her father and friends, gardening, doing cross-stitch, and watching baseball movies and romantic comedies.

Anne loved listening to Billy Joel music and enjoyed the loveable characters of the Peanuts gang, especially Charlie Brown.

Survivors include her loving husband, Al; two children, Jessica and Brian; her parents, Teresa and Mathias Stoffel; eight siblings, Mary (Dennis) Welch, Patty (Jim) Vanderhout, Katy (Mark) Freel, Tom (Ingrid) Stoffel, Sally (Pete) Neja, Steve (Jeanne) Stoffel, Jim (Judy) Stoffel and Mike (Jen) Stoffel.

She is further survived by her mother-in-law, Vernita Wickland; her sister-in-law, Diane (Tom) Overby; 22 nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 138 N. Eighth Ave., West Bend, on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m., with Rev. Gerald Brittain presiding.

Visitation will be at the church on Monday from 3 p.m. until the time of service.

Cremation will follow at Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service, West Bend.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society are appreciated.

Online guest book and condolences may be found at www. myrhum-patten.com

Anne’s family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Kathy Hospice and St. Joseph’s Hospital.