Rosemary “Rosie” nee Johnson Gehrke

POYNETTE  --    Rosemary “Rosie” nee Johnson Gehrke, age 73, of Poynette, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo, surrounded by her family.

Rosemary was born on March 3, 1941 in Madison, the daughter of Russell and Mildred (Olson) Johnson.  She was married to Kenneth Gehrke on October 24, 1958 at Monona Lutheran Church.  Rosemary had worked at the Academy Lodge in Poynette.  She enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and loved going to garage sales.  Rosie threw horseshoes for 20 years.  Together with her husband, she vacationed at Small Sturge Lake, Ontario, Canada for over 20 years.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Kenneth;  her children, Terri Lynn (Tim Cross) Benson, Lori (Scott) Dolphin, and Kenneth Norman (Amy Brown) Gehrke;  ten grandchildren;  sixteen great-grandchildren;  her brothers, Russell Robert Johnson, Jeffery (Pattie) Johnson, and Michael J. Johnson;  a special aunt, Margie Frohmader;  her canine companions, Cuddles and Princess;  other near relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents, Christian and Grace Olson, her sister, Roslyn, her aunts and uncles, Juel and Edna Olson, Harley Frohmader, Donald and Dolly Olson, and Velma and Duffy Hulberg, her brothers-in-law, Herman, Paul and Jimmy, and her sisters-in-law, Hazel, Ellamarie, and Millie.

A memorial visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette. 


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