CROSS PLAINS-Rosemary (Ryan) Grim born in Richland Center, WI on November 8, 1951, the fourth child of Francis James Ryan and Theda Idell (Moon) Ryan.
Rosemary grew up helping her widowed mother operate the Gables restaurant. She graduated from Richland Center High School in 1969, and went on to attend college at the University of Wisconsin-Richland. On October 30, 1971, she married David Grim. Together they welcomed three children into the world. She took great pride in raising her children. Her number-one job was always to be there for her children. She stayed home to provide a loving, encouraging and fun environment for her children to grow up in. She was very involved in their activities from being a Cub Scout Den mother to helping with Girl Scouts and cheering at each and every sporting event her children were involved in. From early morning swim team to her children's High School sports and activities. This love and passion for family she also passed down to her grandchildren. She defined what a grandma is. She was at every play, dance recital; school event and sporting event her grandkids were in. Not only did she enjoying cheering on her grandchildren but she was always there taking pictures that the family will enjoy forever.
Education was very important to Rosemary. After her kids began school, she went back to college and graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Education with a degree in Elementary Education. She truly enjoyed being a part of College for Kids and substitute teaching, especially in the Special Education classroom. After teaching, Rosemary moved on to work at Lands' End for 25 years, retiring in the fall of 2012. She was a regular at the Comer Center (Lands' End fitness center) every lunch hour she spent her time in spinning and weight lifting classes. As a member of the GoGreen Team, she helped start the bike share program to help get employees from building to building on the Lands' End campus, worked on planting trees and shrubs on the campus. She also worked very hard to make Lebay (Lands' End ebay) a success. She always spoke very highly of her facilities planning team and thoroughly enjoyed working with them until her retirement.
Rosemary loved gardening and spent countless hours researching and planning better ways to grow her vegetables and fruit. For years she canned green beans (a family favorite), tomatoes, made jam/jellies and apple sauce. She even raised her own chickens for fresh, healthy eggs. She worked very hard to ensure her family knew about the benefits of a healthy diet and encouraged them to eat whole foods and plant their own vegetable gardens. She was known for always making home cooked meals from scratch and always passed good recipes on to her children.
After she became a grandma, she started a yearly tradition of Christmas cookie baking. This was a day everyone in the family looked forward to and many delicious cookies were made. Rosemary took pride in caring for her mother and best friend, Theda. For years she traveled to Richland Center every Sunday to be with her mom. They enjoyed picking raspberries, taking drives around the beautiful hillsides of Richland County, shopping, planting tomato and onion bulbs and tending to the yard. Most of all they just enjoyed spending time together.
Rosemary and her husband loved to travel, camp, garden and especially ride bicycles. They spent countless weekends together biking and taking in the beauty of Wisconsin rolling hills and breathtaking scenery. Some of their favorite rides include the Ocooch Fall Bicycle Tour, Dairyland Dare, Wright Stuff, and Horrible Hilly Hundreds. They even rode the Grabaawr, a challenging 7-day bicycle tour following the scenic Wisconsin River, three times. In the spring of 2012 they joined a local bike club and spent two nights a week riding the country road of Middleton and Cross Plains, and for over ten years they entered the Fat Tire Festival in Cable, WI. They ended up turning the trip into a family vacation riding with their children, grandchildren, and son-in-laws.
Rosemary is survived by her husband of 42 years, David Grim; her three children and their spouses, Jeff and Angie Grim, Emmy (Grim), and Peter Benson, Annie (Grim) and Jason Powers; six grandchildren, Ashley Wilkinson-Grim, Autumn and Amber Grim; David, Natalie and Samuel Benson; two brothers, James Ryan (Ida) and John Ryan (Vicki), and a sister, Marie Nelson (Van); and many nieces and nephews, friends, family. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Darrell and Lela Grim.
Funeral services for Rosemary will be held at ST. ANDREWS EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 6815 Schneider Rd., Middleton, at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014. Burial will be at Sylvan Cemetery. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON CROSS PLAINS FUNERAL HOME, 2421 Church St., Cross Plains, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014, as well as from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Friday.
Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
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