Rosemary (Kress) Wojcik 1930-2018
Rosemary (Kress) Wojcik
Rosemary (Kress) Wojcik, 87, passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in Roseville, Minn. on Nov. 17, 2018, under the loving care of her family and hospice. A mass will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford at a later date.
Rosemary was born on Dec. 19, 1930, the first child of Joseph and Philomena “Minnie” Kress, in Medford. Her siblings include the late Eileen (Kress) Westcott and Conrad Kress, Liz (Larry) Emmerich, Mavis (John) Wood and Judy (Arthur) Paul.
Rosemary met Vincent Joseph Wojcik through her friend Patricia, his sister, and they married on Nov.12, 1949 and he preceded her in death. Together they developed a plumbing and heating business that is now in its third generation. They had five children, James Vincent (Barbara), Joseph Michael (Nancy), Mark Alan (Kim), Mary Clare (Tom) and Julie Kay (Eric). She was also a loving grandmother to 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Rosemary attended Holy Rosary Grade School and Medford High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Stevens Point, a master’s degree in education from UW-Eau Claire and an Ed. D. from Indiana University. She played clarinet in the city band and served on the city council. She served on the Medford Board of Education and the Wisconsin Education and Business Partnerships Council. She worked as a reading specialist and a literacy consultant from 1992-2008.
Rosemary was an author, artist, scholar and teacher. She loved music, the theater, art, cooking and traveling. Her chili, spaghetti, pork roast and dumplings could not be surpassed. Rosemary was a lifelong learner who touched countless lives through her passion for education, reading and study skills. It was her joy to help both children and adults learn to read and experience life through the richness of books. She believed equality and progress for the good of all, demonstrating these qualities in countless ways throughout her life. Rosemary, we love you! We will miss you dearly. Memorials can be made to Wisconsin Literacy http://wisconsinliteracy.org/.