Rose Mary (Schill) Porter has continued her circle of life on August 28, 2021, at the age of 71 surrounded by her daughters and partner Joanne.
Rose chose to be cremated and inurnment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 problems, there will be no services per Rose’s wishes. The family will have a gathering at a later date. Herman-Taylor Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family.
Rose was born on June 28, 1950, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to Theodore and Beatrice (Schudy) Schill.
Rose was married to Thomas Henry Porter in October 1967. They later divorced in September 1983. They remained friends throughout both of their lives.
Rose retired from Verso Corporation in 2011.
As soon as she could start working the ground, she would be outside preparing for tomatoes and cucumbers and her flowers. She loved making flower pots to decorate the yard. Rose enjoyed going to Hayward shopping, eating and fishing for the big one. She did have fun.
Rose’s biggest enjoyment was getting together with family and friends. When the picnic table was out on the patio, it was a “BYOB” moment after a day’s work or break to sit and visit.
Rose is survived by her partner Joanne of 32 years; her daughters Andrea Firkus of Amherst, Michelle (Michael) Gumney of Bancroft, and Dawn Porter of Stevens Point; grandchildren Deidre (Shannon) Gumney, Michaela Gumney, Rochelle (Ryan) Ramczyk, Darren (Kourtney) Jakubek, Brandon Tepp, Tiffany (Chris) Gumney, Tristan Firkus, (William) Thomas (Rhea) Firkus, and Trinity Firkus; nine great-grandchildren Devin, Ethan, Emma, Eva, Evan, Piper, TJ, Ryder, and Jaxon.
She is also survived by her mother Beatrice (Schudy) Schill; brothers Peter (Mitzi) Schill, Paul (Sharon) Schill; sisters Maria (Mike) Larson, Beatrice (Jim) Viergutz, and many nieces and nephews and special friend Linda Porter.
Rose is preceded in death by her twin sons Theodore Peter and Thomas Paul and her father Theodore Schill, and son-in-law Jeremy Firkus.
Her cancer was diagnosed in January 2011 and she was given a nine-month prognosis. Rose was a survivor and did whatever she had to do for that not to happen. She always said she had children and grandchildren to live for.
Over time, her body could no longer fight the battle and she decided to prepare for the road ahead of her and enter Hospice care.
Rose will be reunited with her two sons and all the family that passed before her. The loved ones she leaves behind will cherish her life forever.
“Rose, you will forever be my always,” Joanne.
A special thank you to all the doctors and nurses and a heartfelt thank you to Heartland Hospice for their loving care to help Rose make her last transition to complete the circle of life. The family would like to especially thank Lynn, Taiya, Dawn, Jen and Amy.
“A big thank you to everyone who has been part of my life’s journey,” Rose.
Though her smile is gone forever and her hand I cannot touch, I still have so many memories of the one I loved so much.
Her memory is now a keepsake with which I will never part.
God has her in his keeping and I have her in my heart.
Forever missed – but never forgotten – our love, Joanne and families.
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