Ramona Marie (Rozek) Weisbrod
Ramona Marie (Rozek) Weisbrod passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 4.
While heaven gained a gentle soul, our world has lost some of its warmth. She was born April 19, 1926 to August and Martha (Kedrowicz) Rozek on the family farm in Polonia. She had three older brothers (Ernest, Fabian and Henry) and three older sisters (Loretta, Emily and Evelyn) and a younger sister Theresa/Tess. Only Emiily and Tess survive her.
Ramona attended school in Polonia and graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1944. She attended Central State Teachers College earning a two-year teaching certificate and eventually earned her degree at Wisconsin State University – Stevens Point.
Ramona married the love of her life, Clarence Weisbrod, on June 7, 1947 and they celebrated their 67th anniversary before Clarence passed away in 2014. Together they raised five children: Nancy (Brian) Wilhelm of Neenah, Joseph (Mary Ann) Weisbrod of Rosholt, Barbara (Russell) Golla of Plover, John (Kathy) Weisbrod of Stevens Point, and Dori (Mike Meverden) of Spring Grove, Illinois. They were blessed with ten grandchildren: Eric (Tonya) Weisbrod, Lindsey (Jeremy) Leick, Tracy (Patrick) Weishan, Erin Wilhelm, Megan Golla, Kara (Tyler) Shogren, Lauren Golla, Logan Golla, Anna Weisbrod, and Jacob Weisbrod. They also found much joy in their five great grandchildren: Hannah and Jacob Weisbrod, Elizabeth and Alexander Leick, and Emily Shogren.
Ramona served 38 years as an elementary school teacher in and around the Stevens Point area with her last 19 years at Washington school. She was delighted to be recognized by former students who would greet her by saying “I had you for a teacher!”
After retiring in 1988, she and Clancy enjoyed traveling all over the United States on bus trips. Starting in 1958 they escaped to their cottage on Lake Helen in Rosholt where first their children and later grandchildren explored outdoor life camping, fishing, swimming and boating. Ramona also golfed, gardened and walked for exercise but her great love was time with “this wonderful family” and a lifetime of friends. Her family will miss her cooking and is grateful she passed along so many of her recipes in a family cookbook. The gatherings for any (and no) occasion won’t be the same without her. Her card games with her sisters were legendary. She also enjoyed the birds at her feeders almost as much as any visitors on her doorstep.
Ramona was unfailingly kind and did everything she could to care for others. In her memoir on the occasion of her 90th birthday she stated, “Our Catholic faith has been the cornerstone on which we built our lives.” She has been a faithful member of St. Stanislaus/Holy Spirit Catholic Church since 1952. Ramona had a great reverence for Pope Francis and enjoyed watching Sister Anjelica on EWTN.
Ramona and Clarence lived in their dream house on Soo Marie Ave. for 52 years until making a new home in 2014 at Oakridge now Brookdale. Ramona enjoyed her many friends and activities there until the time of her passing. The family would like to thank the residents and staff especially Rosemary for making her feel so “at home”. Dr. Terry Hahn provided compassionate care to Ramona for many years and her family is so grateful.
Services will be held Saturday, April 8 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with visitation beginning at 11:30 AM. Mass of the Resurrection at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow at Guardian Angel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Ramona’s name will be established.
“I thank God every day for this wonderful family”
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.shudafuneral.com.