A significant chapter came to a close on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, as the matriarch of the Wickman clan took her last breath at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Constantly surrounded by loving daughters who never left her side, Rosemary “Rosie” Wickman lost her fight to lung cancer at the age of 77. If a happy family is but an earlier heaven, Rosie and the love of her life Norbert created their small slice of heaven in a corner of Wisconsin.
One of five children, Rosie was born in the town of Barton on Jan. 5, 1936, to Frank and Eleanore (nee Koenigs) Gengler. She graduated from West Bend High School where she met the love of her life Norbert “Norbie” Wickman. She lived her life as a steadfast and devoted mother to four daughters.
Rosie extended her caregiving to the community by working in the X-ray department at St. Joesph’s Hospital of West Bend. Ever a fixture in her community, she could be found at the Moose Lodge serving Friday night dinners and playing sheepshead with her family and friends.
Her family was the light of her life and she was constantly found at her daughters’ houses taking care of her grandchildren and the dogs. There was a beauty in the simplicity of Rosie’s life because she made it prosperous with love. She was an adoring daughter, a caring sister, a giving friend, a devoted wife, an invaluable mother and a proud grandmother. Any given day her life was surrounded by those close to her because that was the wondrous world she forever created.
Survived by her daughters Jacalyn (Jeffrey) Flack of Crystal Lake, Ill., Beverly (George) Reuter of Houston, Connie (William) Cox of Germantown, and Kelly Sackett of Germantown. Further survived by 11 grandchildren; two sisters; two brothers; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and dear friends. Preceded in death by her husband Norbie, parents Frank and Eleanore, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew.
Mass of Christian Burial at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 138 N. Eighth Ave. in West Bend, with the Rev. Gerald Brittain presiding. There will be no formal visitation with the family beforehand. Visitation will be at The Columbian (KC Hall), 3245 Lighthouse Lane in West Bend, from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday. Interment will be at Washington County Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Holy Angels Catholic Church or the American Lung Association of Wisconsin (13100 W. Lisbon Road #700, Brookfield, WI, 53005-2508).
The family wishes to express a special “Thank You” to Dr. Robert Gibson for his dedicated friendship and professional guidance provided to Rosie throughout her years.
Also, the family wishes to thank the nursing staff on the third floor at Froedtert St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend for their outstanding care for Rosie during her stay.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family (262) 338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.