Pamela S. Rewey
Pamela Sue Rewey, 69, Madison, a former Stevens Point
resident and former president of the Stevens Point Area Board of Education,
died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan.
23, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Madison, with the Rev. Roger Nilles
officiating. Burial will be at the Rock Church Cemetery in rural Livingston.
Visitation will be at the Ryan Funeral Home in Madison from
5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, and at the church from 9 a.m. Saturday until the
services. There will be a celebration lunch after the service.
The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to the
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, 612 W. Main Street, Suite 200, Madison, WI
53703 or at www.lwvwi.org.
Condolences may be offered online at www.ryanfuneralservice.com.
Mrs. Rewey was born Sept. 15, 1946, in Wausau, a daughter of
the Clemens S. Rewey and the late Arleen J. (Sicklinger) Wadzinski. She grew up
in the Wausau area except for two years in Milwaukee when she thought she
wanted to be nun. She graduated from Schofield D.C. Everest High School in 1964.
She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) in
1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education, with majors in math and
She was married to Michael Rewey Aug. 12, 1967, in
In 1988 she earned a Master of Science degree in education administration
She taught high school English for three years at Wausau High
School and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School before taking off time to raise
four children until they began school.
From 1980 to 1987 she was the Stevens Point YMCA program director
for aquatics and women’s programs.
She followed her husband’s career to Madison in 1987 where
she worked for Wood Communications Group and was in charge of planning social
events for the recommissioning of the USS Wisconsin in Mississippi. She became the
executive director of the Madison East YMCA and revived it financially. That
was followed by a career at the Wisconsin Association of School Boards as
Legislative Services Coordinator until her retirement in 2007.
Mrs. Rewey was active in Stevens Point in the Junior Women’s
Club, served as volunteer religious coordinator at Stevens Point Newman Center,
and was elected to the Stevens Point Area Board of Education where she served
as president for five years.
Also in Stevens Point she was active in the League of Women
Voters. She was president of the League in Stevens Point then later in Dane
County and more recently she served on the state board.
While in Madison she was an active 25-year member of Madison
East-Monona Rotary Club, most notably volunteering as a Rotary Youth Exchange
Officer where she opened her home to many international visitors. She also
volunteered as the state director of the YMCA Youth In Government program for
Mrs. Rewey was an active person for fitness. While in
Stevens Point, she won many age-group awards as a runner and was involved in
She educated her children with road trips throughout the U.S.
and Canada. Later she and her husband took up biking and saw the world on bike
trips – Wisconsin, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana, Denmark,
France, Switzerland, Ireland, Germany, Italy and Cuba, as well as Hawaii,
Colombia, Korea and Iceland.
Her activities in retirement were stopped short by
Survivors include four children, Wade (Gemini), Stoughton;
Brianna (Torsie) Judkins, Tarrytown, N.Y., Nathaniel (Betty), Arlington, Mass.,
and Rachel (Scott) Gunnells, St. Augustine, Fla.; her special Colombian son, Francisco
(Lacey) Mesa, Shorewood, Minn.; her father, Clemens; four siblings, Jeff (Fay)
Wadzinski, Russell (Debra) Wadzinski, Jodell (Bill) Brumfield and Jay (Carrie)
Wadzinski; and 10 grandchildren.