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Rose W. Byholm

June 25, 1931 — December 21, 2023

Weston

Rose W. Byholm, 92, of Milwaukee/Weston, WI passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2023. Rose was born in Northern WI to Frank and Balbina Witman. Rose’s younger years were spent on the family farm with her brothers John and Harry. They all attended a one room schoolhouse. She moved to Milwaukee at 18, finding a job at Allen-Bradley and creating years of memories with many childhood and new friends. In 1954, Rose married Donald Byholm, dedicating themselves to raising their children, enjoying picnics, water skiing and family vacations at the cottage with their three daughters. Enjoying extended family gatherings and reunions was clearly a central part of their lives. Donald and Rose were married for 37 years until he passed away in 1991.

Rose was known for her bright smile, generosity to others and her delicious homemade meals. There was always an open door for family and friends in need or just for a friendly visit. Rose was a devoted and loving wife and mother, taking great pride in caring for her home and family. She was an avid gardener, canning much of the garden's bounty, and a skilled seamstress creating anything from a pillowcase to a prom dress along with upholstering furniture. She enjoyed sewing matching outfits for her three little girls to the youngest’s distress, having to wear the same outfit for years and years before outgrowing it. Other hobbies included bowling and golf. Rose also volunteered with the Girl Scouts in many roles including co-leader. Once her children were school age, Rose contributed to the household by working for the Milwaukee Public Schools lunch program. She spent a great deal of time enjoying her grandchildren, always offering a helping hand when needed.

Years after the loss of Donald to cancer Rose reconnected with a childhood sweetheart, Vilas Machmueller of Weston, and married again in 1994. She would often state how blessed she felt to have found two loving husbands and be so fortunate to add two wonderful stepchildren to her family. Rose and Vilas shared a love for travel, seeing the world through cruises. By visiting and hosting often, they shared much love with their families.

 Rose is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Patrick) Cowle, Debbie (Greg) Orton and Julie Odgers; stepchildren, Linda Machmueller and Jeff (Carol) Machmueller; grandchildren, Ryan (Liz) Cowle, Allison (Lance) Matthews, Conor and Michael Orton, Kelsey, Rachel and Alex Odgers and Eric Machmueller; greatgrandchildren, Karsyn Odgers, Teagan Cowle and Brexley Matthews. She also leaves many extended relatives and loyal friends that will dearly miss her including her devoted caregiver Betsy Sullivan. Preceding in death are her parents, Frank and Balbina Witman; brothers, John and Harry Witman; and spouses Donald Byholm and Vilas Machmueller.

 The family wishes to invite you for a Celebration of Life mass followed by a luncheon reception at Peace United Church of Christ at 1530 Grand Ave, Schofield, WI 54476. Visitation will be held on February 17, 2024 at 10 a.m., followed by a service at 11 a.m. For those unable to attend in person the service will be live streamed, which may be viewed at YouTube@Peacechurchschofield.

 Memorials for Rose may be made to Peace United Church of Christ, Schofield or the ADRC of Wausau. Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family during this time and condolences can be left on this website.

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Peace United Church of Christ

1530 Grand Ave, Schofield, WI 54476

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, February 17, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Peace United Church of Christ

1530 Grand Ave, Schofield, WI 54476

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