Rosalie A. (Shager) Koschkee, 76, of Fitchberg, Wis., passed way on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at her home. She fought a very brave battle with ALS until the very end, and she is now at peace with God.
She was born on April 7, 1944, in Rice Lake, Wis., the daughter of Oliver and Anna (Drost) Kaylor.
Rosalie grew up in Chetek and graduated from Chetek High School in 1962 and Eau Claire Vocational School in 1964. After working awhile in Eau Claire, Wis., she moved to Madison, Wis., where she met her first husband, Robert Shager. They married in 1967 and lived in Stoughton, Wis. After Robert’s sudden death in 1980, Rosalie stayed in Stoughton, where she raised her four children. She married James Koschkee on July 24, 1999.
Rosie lived life with love and compassion. She was the life of the party and lit up the room with her presence, and she touched every life that she met. Rosie enjoyed time spent with family and friends. She enjoyed dressing up and dining out at local supper clubs, attending Badger and Packer games, Fireside plays, bowling and golf leagues, and loved the sun, the beach and the pool.
Rosie had an immense amount of love for her grandchildren. Whether it was baking them cookies, attending sporting events, guiding them through their faith or surprising them with quirky activities, such as a Christmas snowball fight, it was easy to tell how much she loved each of them.
She worked as a parish secretary for St. Ann’s Catholic Church, retiring in May of 1999. It was her strength and faith that carried her through all the challenges she faced. She was a kind, gentle, caring wife and mother. She led by example, sharing her unwavering faith in God with her family.
Rosalie is survived by her husband, Jim; children, Deborah (Timothy) Neerdaels, of Green Bay, Wis., Theresa (Brian) Healy, of Hudson, Wis., and Jeffery Koschkee, of LaCrosse, Wis.; bonus children, Betty Bless and Rodney (Rowena) Koschkee; siblings, Rita (Dale) Gillett, of Eau Claire, Wis., JoAnne (Bruce) Frericks, of Minnesota, Jim (Liz) Kaylor, of Colorado, and Sue (Todd) Stuessy, of Roberts, Wis.; and grandchildren, Jake, Josh, Luke, Ben, Alex and Sidney.
Rosalie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Shager; daughter, Tamara Shager; and son, Jeffrey Shager.
A private family service was held. Burial was held at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery.
A public celebration of life will be held at a later date.