Rose M Wettstein
Sept. 4, 1923 - Dec. 15, 2018
Chilton, WI
Funeral Service:
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018
St. Isidore Catholic Church
308 Calvary St.
Mt. Calvary, WI 53057
Funeral Visitation:
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018
10:00am - 11:45am
St. Isidore Catholic Church
308 Calvary St.
Mt. Calvary, WI 53057

Rose M Wettstein
Chilton, WI

Rose M. Wettstein, age 95, of Chilton, died on December 15, 2018, at Villa Loretto Nursing Home in Mt. Calvary, WI. She was born September 4, 1923, in Charlesburg, WI, daughter of the late Richard and Mary Meier.  She married Joseph Wettstein on November 29, 1939, and together they had two children, Mary and Jerome.

Rose was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Chilton, the Daughters of Isabella, the Christian Women’s Group, and the Chilton Eagles Club. She was caring, kind, and family-oriented. Her giving nature led her to start creating wedding cakes in the 1960's, which turned into a hobby that lasted over 40 years. She played in numerous card clubs and was always up for a game of Sheepshead. She enjoyed gambling and traveling, where she managed to visit all 50 states. 

Rose’s love for her family, specifically her son, Jerry, led her to be a champion for those less-abled.  In 1954, she was among a group of 10 mothers that formed an advocacy group for children with disabilities in Calumet County, which led to the implementation of special education services in the public schools and the founding of the New Hope Center in Chilton in 1965.  Rose continued her work with disabled adults and co-founded an annual prom for them in the 1980s that still continues today.  She also volunteered for Special Olympics, took calls for the Cerebral Palsy Telethon, volunteered at the Calumet Medical Center and helped with various other fundraisers. Her efforts helping others earned her the Chilton Citizen of the Year award in 1988.

Rose is survived by her daughter, Mary Schaefer of Mount Calvary; her grandchildren: Cyril (Julie) Schaefer Jr., Geri Anne (Chris) Lein, Lisa (Dan) DesJardin, Thomas (Jodi) Schaefer, Amy Smith, and Mary Beth (John) Rank; great-grandchildren: Jennifer (Dan), Melissa (Rob), Tim, Ashley (Nathan), Amanda, Brian, Brandon, Adam, Aaron, Dane, Makayla, Katie, Noah, Owen, and Payton; great-great-grandchildren: Kayleigh, Kennedy, Aiden, and Carter; sisters: Hildegard Heimermann and Janet (Nick) Meyer-Steinmetz; and sisters-in-law: Louisa Meier, Terry Meier, and Diane Meier.

Rose is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; her son: Jerome “Jerry” Wettstein; her parents: Richard and Mary; son-in-law: Cyril Schaefer Sr.; a great-grandson: Matthew; sisters: Isabel (Hugo) Stemper and Irene (Anthony) Hoerth; brothers: Zeno (Norma) Meier, Clarence (Bernita) Meier, Severin (Marie) Meier, Gilbert (Marian) Meier, Orville Meier, Alvin Meier, and Patrick Meier; and brothers-in-law: Harvey Meyer and Leonard Heimermann.

Funeral services are set for 12:00 pm on Thursday, December 20, 2018, at St. Isidore Catholic Church (308 Calvary St.) in Mt. Calvary with Fr. Gary Wegner and Dn. Dennis Bennin officiating. Friends may call at the church from 10:00 am until 11:45 am on the day of the service. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Agnesian Hospice and the staff at Villa Loretto Nursing Home for their excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in the name of Rose Wettstein. 
As a young child I remember what a patient, fantastic mother she was. Over the years I truly began to understand her special gift to help those with special needs. Aunt Rose, pioneered a cause her whole adult life to make life better for those in need of special services. She was indeed a great role model in my life. Aunt Rose has earned everlasting life! My deepest sympathy to Mary, her children, grandchildren, & great grandchildren. Relish in the beautiful memories she has left us.

Dianne Scott (Niece) - Dec. 23, 2018

My sympathy to the family. Rose was such a special woman and a great friend of my mom, Grace Kolbe. Rose was a beautiful advocate for anyone with special needs! I have wonderful memories of her at all the dances, benefit breakfasts, telethons, and all New Hope Center events we were at also. God's peace and love, The Clem and Grace Kolbe Family

Carol (Kolbe) Mueller (Friend of the family) - Dec. 22, 2018

What a blessing that Rose was to the Calumet County area!! She was definitely a pioneer in the field of helping handi-capable people become productive and accepted members of society. May God's blessings shower down upon you. Ed

Ed Rollmann (Friend) - Dec. 21, 2018


Alan Stemper (Grand-nephew) - Dec. 17, 2018

I will truly miss her!!. I have never met a person who put other's in front of herself as much as her. Everyone that has ever met her is a better person because of her. Iwill always cherish the wisdom and advise she gave Lisa and I. My one regret is I was never able to get her roast beef recipe out of her, yum yum. I am glad she can be with Joe ,Jerry and Cyril in the light of the Lord. I do know one thing, I am sure she is taking all their money in cards. Rest in peace

Dan (Grandson inlaw) - Dec. 17, 2018

Rose was a great role model for the Community of Chilton. She was totally dedicated to making the people of the handicapped world a better place for them. Time and her heart were put into every event. She will always be remembered by so many for all that she was and did for others. Rest in peace my friend and give Jerome a big hug from Ashley and all the others. Thoughts and prayers for Rose's Family who can only be so proud.

Ann Konen (Friend) - Dec. 16, 2018

Heaven has gained a very dedicated Christian lady. Thank you Lord for all she has done. She deserves a special place in heaven!

LaVerne Schmidt (friend) - Dec. 16, 2018

Rose was a very great lady and so very instrumental in the founding of New Hope Center and Association for Handicappable People. She will surely be remembered for her love and dedication. May she rest in peace and join her loving Jerome. She will be missed by many. Peace to her family.

Ellie Hilton (Friend) - Dec. 16, 2018

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