Rosemary H. Feyereisen


Rosemary H. Feyereisen was a devoted mother who shared her wisdom in myriad ways, especially through the passing of family traditions, by her example and by letting them explore.

She helped her husband Herman on the family farm and took pride in caring for her home and providing for her family of nine children.

She was an avid gardener who not only cooked and baked homemade specialties such as breads and apple kuchen, she froze and preserved the food she grew.

She also grew rows of flowers that she turned into bouquets to brighten the kitchen table.

Mrs. Feyereisen, 87, who died at her Belgium home early Monday, Sept. 10, cherished her role as mother, grandmother and great-grandmother more than any other, her family said.

She often cared for her grandchildren and was a regular family babysitter, and she documented the lives of her family through photographs.

“She could watch her children grow through the tradition of the Easter and Christmas pictures taken of the kids growing up,” family members said.

Mrs. Feyereisen also captured the changes and improvements on the family farm on film.

Mrs. Feyereisen was a native of Belgium born on Sept. 2, 1931, to Peter and Anastasia Strauss Kleckner.

She grew up on her family’s farm in the Town of Belgium and attended grade school at Holy Cross School.

She then went to work at home, caring for her siblings and learning how to keep a home from her mother.

She later worked at the local canning factory and shoe factory.

She married Herman Feyereisen at Holy Cross Church on May 3, 1952.

Mrs. Feyereisen was a devout Catholic who attended Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, St. Nicholas Chapel in Dacada and served on the St. Nicholas Christian Mother’s Society.

She sewed for her family and quilted, making each of her children and grandchildren quilts. She also enjoyed doing needlepoint, going to church dinners, listening to polka music, playing with the farm cats and traveling with her husband and daughters.

Mrs. Feyereisen is survived by her husband Herman of Belgium; children Dianne (Michael) Angst of West Allis, Donald of Belgium, Linda (Charles) Witkowski of Franklin, Kathleen (Charles) Dieringer of Saukville, Nancy (Gary) Zimmer of Cedar Grove, Teresa (David) Grosshiem of Oostburg, Mary (Bryan) Feyereisen of Oconomowoc, Cynthia (Thomas) Oskey of Sussex, and Debra (Robert) Poull of Port Washington; 31 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by her siblings Virginella Gonwa and Francis (Betty) Kleckner, both of Belgium, Delmar Kleckner of Basin, Wyo., Roman Kleckner,  John (Kay) Kleckner and James Kleckner, all of Fredonia, Daniel Kleckner of Delafield and Barbara Barrett of Pewaukee; and sister-in-law Genevieve Polenska of Waupun and Rosalie Feyereisen of Cedar Grove.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Agnes Huiras, brothers-in-law Alois Huiras, Roman Gonwa, Joe Barrett  Milan Polenska, Lawrence Feyereisen, Lawrence Rupp, the Rev. Nicholas Feyereisen and John Biever; and sisters-in-laws Leona Rupp and Elizabeth Biever.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, St. Nicholas Chapel in Dacada. Father Richard Cerpich is to officiate.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Belgium, with a family vigil at 4 p.m.

There will also be visitation at the church Friday from 10 a.m. until the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested.



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