Rose M. Ponshock Janzen

October 15, 1930 ~ November 8, 2021 (age 91)


Rosemary (Weinfurtner) Ponshock Janzen passed away early Monday morning, Nov. 8, 2021, at her residence, Serenity Living in Marshfield.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, at the Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home (1010 E. Veterans Parkway, Marshfield). The rosary will be prayed at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home; visitation will also be at the church on Monday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time for Mass.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 15th,  at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Auburndale. Fr. Murali Anand Rayappan and Fr. Keith Kitzhaber will concelebrate.

Burial in St. Mary's parish cemetery will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 16th, at 11:00 a.m. The pallbearers will be her seven sons.

Rosy was born Oct. 15, 1930, to Alfred and Apollonia (Ehrenreich) Weinfurtner in Marshfield, the youngest of 9 children.

As a child, she was nicknamed "Tubby' due to the fact that she was such a skinny child. The nickname stuck with her through her school years.

Rosy graduated from Marshfield High School in the class of 1948.

She was united in marriage to Clarence "Bud" Ponshock on June 30, 1954, at St. John's Catholic Church, Marshfield. They were later divorced.

She later married John Janzen of Pittsville. He died in 2009.

Rosy worked for 45-plus years as a switchboard operator, and at the information desk, and as a volunteer at St. Joseph's Hospital. She frequently told stories about nights on the board with Carol, Myrna or Bonnie. One special story is about when she was pregnant with her youngest child and had labor pains throughout her shift. That didn't stop her from finishing her shift before going down to the ER department to have Clare in 30 minutes.

Rosy was a member of St. Mary's Parish Council of Catholic Women and was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary 1866.

She had many things she enjoyed doing in spare time. She enjoyed singing whether it was in church, at home or at the movies. She enjoyed having her children sing a Christmas Carol before opening presents on Christmas Day. Catch a Falling Star, Mom! She also loved dancing, bowling with friends on her day off, crocheting which she was happy to teach her kids or grandchildren and music of any kind which included Johnny Cash and Engelbert Humperdink at Serenity Living, polka/waltz and hymns.

She especially loved sauerkraut and dumplings, playing sheepshead, sweets made by her family (or not), anything EWTN, a good fish sandwich with a shake shared with someone she loved and praying a rosary for anyone who wanted or needed it.

Rosy is lovingly survived by her children, Russell (Erma) Ponshock, Milladore; Angela (Mike) Hug, Sun City West, AZ; Anne (Bob) Thomas, Arpin; Vernon Ponshock, Wis. Rapids; Fred (Darlene) Ponshock, Auburndale; Pat (Tanya) Ponshock, Auburndale; Steve Ponshock, Auburndale; Sarah (Randy) Teresinski, Granton; Mark Ponshock (Brenda), Auburndale; Laurel Dalle Ave, Ashland; Aaron (Deb) Ponshock, Marshfield; and Clare (Jim) Ladick, Vesper.

She is also survived by grandchildren: Andy, Perry, Joel, Alexis, Ben, Tanya, Matt, Josh, Fred Jr., Jenna, Marissa, Alex, Simone, Garitt, Karriann, Slade, Adam, Indya, Autumn, Ciara, Cole, and Jack; and by 23 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and a great-nephew.

She was preceded in death by her son, Roger, at birth; Clarence in 2011; a grandson, Lucas Ladick; daughter-in-law, Shari Ponshock; and by her brothers and sisters: Joseph Weinfurtner, Louis Weinfurtner, Lawrence Weinfurtner, Al Weinfurtner, Walter Weinfurtner, Regina Schultz, Marge Brockman and Marie Kroening.

Mom was so very proud of her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed hearing about their successes and commiserated with them regarding their foibles. She was a devout Catholic who lived and shared her faith with all.

The family wish to thank Serenity Living for their constant, loving care.

A memorial will be established in Rosy’s name at a later date.

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November 14, 2021

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home
1010 E. Veterans Parkway
Marshfield, WI 54449

Mass of Christian Burial
November 15, 2021

11:00 AM

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