Marilyn Wasson, 70
Marilyn Wasson, 70,
of Land O’ Lakes, left this earthly world on Saturday, March 14, 2009,
at Angels Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc after a two-year and nine-month
battle with cancer.
Marilyn was born at
home in Germantown on Aug. 18, 1938, the fourth of five children born to
LeRoy and Gertrude (Tischer) Roeber. She was baptized and confirmed at
David Star Lutheran Church and School, in the settlement of Kirchhayn in
Washington County. She attended Victory Center School in Germantown
until the fourth grade. She then attended school at David Star, where
she graduated the eighth grade. She graduated high school in 1956 and
received a teaching certificate in 1959 from Doctor Martin Luther
Preparatory School and College in New Ulm, Minn. Following college
Marilyn taught school at Emanuel Lutheran School in Flint, Mich., and at
Trinity Lutheran School in Friestadt.
Ronald H. Schoessow, a long-time family acquaintance, on July 31, 1960.
They had three children: Mark, Kevin and Kim. In addition to helping
raise a family, Marilyn held a variety of jobs at Homestead High School
in Mequon and Hartford Union High School in Hartford. After moving to
Land O’ Lakes in 1980, Marilyn worked in various clerical, retail, and
restaurant positions. For many years she worked at the Land O’ Lakes
lives had gone different directions Marilyn and Ron divorced, but
remained friends. In 1989 Marilyn married Lonny Wasson of Land O’ Lakes.
Marilyn pursued many
hobbies and interests. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, weaving, and bead
work. She was an avid reader and gardener, and had a special love of
baking and gourmet cooking. She loved the outdoors and the north woods,
taking up camping, cross country skiing, hunting, fishing and exploring
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She was also a founding member of the Women
on Snow, a snowmobile touring and advocacy group, which has been
inducted into the snowmobile hall of fame in Eagle River. She was a
member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Eagle River.
Marilyn had a zest
for life and adventure and a great sense of humor. Throughout her life
she was always willing to try something new and different. She took
guitar, belly dance and swim lessons, drove motorcycle, square danced,
learned macramé, taught herself to sew and made many of her own clothes
and clothes for her family. Over the years she played organ for various
churches. She shot trap, rode horses, raised goats, chickens and even a
llama. Picking wild berries and wild mushrooms was another interest, as
was tapping maple trees and making maple syrup.
Her love of cooking
and baking provided not only employment, but also an opportunity to
explore many culinary dining experiences and several culinary trips to
Milwaukee and Chicago, with her friends. She loved to cook homemade
meals and was an avid fan of the cooking channel.
She was preceded in
death by her parents, LeRoy Roeber and Gertrude (Tischer) Roeber; a
brother- and sister-in-law, Oliver (Claudia) Roeber, and a sister- and
brother-in-law, Betty (Harold) Garbish.
She is survived by two sisters, Shirley (Louis) Hilgendorf of Cedarburg and Sharon Stauske of West Bend; and children Mark (Sandi) Schoessow of Fort Atkinson, Kevin (Gwen) Schoessow of Spooner and Kim (Robert) Kravitz of Waukesha; six grandchildren, Aaron (Ashley) Adsit of Illinois, Andy Adsit of Palmyra, Adam Adsit of Fort Atkinson, Alex and Anna Kravitz of Waukesha and Emma Schoessow of Spooner; and three great-grandchildren, Allisyn, Abbigail and Ashlin. She is further survived by numerous family and friends.
Visitation will be
at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp St., Waukesha, on Friday, April
3, 2009, at 5 p.m. A sharing of memories service will be held at 7 p.m.
An additional memorial is planned in Land O’Lakes for Saturday, April
18, 2009, at 11 a.m. and will include visitation and a sharing of
memories service and a luncheon to follow.
A special thank you
to the staff at Angels Grace Hospice for the care and compassion given
to Marilyn and her family.
contributions to Angels Grace Hospice W359-N7430 Brown Street
Oconomowoc, WI 53066, or through the ProHealth Care Web site at
would be appreciated.
face, sense of humor, and thoughtfulness will never be forgotten.
She went through life with a smile and a kind word for everyone.