Rose Mary Slesar, 89
Jan. 3, 1926 -- Aug. 21, 2015
Rose Mary Slesar (nee Koca), 89, passed away Friday Aug. 21, 2015. She was born in Milwaukee on Jan. 3, 1926, to Marie (nee Schmidt) and Joseph Koca. She was raised in Milwaukee and graduated from Messmer High School. She married Frank Slesar on Aug. 19, 1944. Rose Mary and her late husband resided in West Bend since 1946 and contributed greatly to the community. Rose Mary was a charter member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Parish. She was an active member and officer of the Christian Women organization there. She was also a West Bend Germanfest volunteer, and was involved in other community organizations.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; sister, Anne Koca; and brother, Francis (Loretta) Koca.
Survivors include loving children, Pat (Peter) Hoeft, Sue (Mic) Schemelin, Barb (Steve) Schmit, Mike (Ann) Slesar, Paul (Kathy) Slesar and Jill (John) Mahlberg; grandchildren, Matthew (Rachel) Schemelin, Ben (Jenni) Schemelin, Becca (Neil) Kornstedt, Alexis (Dave) Schmitz, Erika (Evan) Spitler, Sarah (Phil) Stepanski, Jeff Schmit, Noah Slesar and Abby Slesar; and great-grandchildren, Peter and Luke Schmitz, Tore, Trygve and Ari Schemelin, Lauren Kornstedt, Annalee Schemelin, and Nathan and Ryan Stepanski. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at St. Frances Cabrini (1025 S. Seventh Ave., West Bend) followed by a luncheon. Visitation will be held at the church from 9-10:30 a.m. Private burial will take place at Holy Angels Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (620 S 76th Street, Suite 160, Milwaukee, WI 53214-1599), St. Frances Cabrini Education Fund or West Bend Friends of Parks and Recreation for a memorial bench.
The family is especially grateful for the loving and compassionate care provided by the staff at The Fields, The Samaritan Health Center and Seasons Hospice.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at www.phillipfuneralhome.com.