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Lois M. Rosenberg, 92, died September 23rd, 2019 under the care of North Central Health Care Center, Lakeview Heights with the assistance of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. She was born June 30, 1927 in Milwaukee to Elmer and Meta Koepke. After graduating from Milwaukee Lutheran High School, she attended Concordia College in River Forest, Illinois and became a teacher before marrying Donald A. Rosenberg in 1948.
After some time in Milwaukee and Valparaiso, Indiana, Lois and Don moved the family to Wausau in 1958. Despite having plenty of family responsibilities, Lois was actively involved in the community through various organizations over the years, including Wausau Pro Musica, the League of Women Voters, the Big Dipper Food Co-op, Valparaiso University Guild, Concordia Guild, and others. She played significant early roles in the establishment of Wausau Child Care Center, Pilgrim Christian Nursery School, and Greater Wausau Christian Services, the east side ministry, which became The Neighbors Place. Content to take relatively quiet supporting roles, Lois was a tireless advocate and supporter of good causes, including being on the call list for the community blood bank, where she donated gallons over the years. Lois was an avid supporter of Public Broadcasting, UNICEF, Heifer Project and many different social justice organizations.
Lois and Don had six children; John (Nancy Faaren), Tumwater, WA; Thomas (Sandy), Weston, WI; Lee (Chris Thoma), Minneapolis, MN; James (Karla), Rhinelander, WI; Beth (Jeff) Martin, Wausau, WI and Andrew, Minneapolis, MN.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, in 2017; her parents and her brother, John. Survivors include her sister, Mary Moeller, Long Island, New York and her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 12th, 11am at the First Universalist Unitarian Church, 504 Grant Street, Wausau, WI. Rev. Brian Mason will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10am until the time of the service.
Lois and her family have designated Heiffer International (heifer.org) and Wisconsin Public Radio (wpr.org) for memorial contributions if you so choose.
Brainard Funeral Home - Wausau Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.brainardfuneral.com.
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