Paula Jeanne (Martinson) Ricker
STOUGHTON- Paula Jeanne (Martinson) Ricker, age 56, of Stoughton Wis., passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Madison.
She was born May 24, 1960, in Madison, Wis., the daughter of William “Bill” and Corrine (Alsmo) Martinson. Paula married Brian Ricker on Aug. 28, 2002, in Oregon, Wis.
Paula attended Oregon High School and graduated in 1978. Both of Paula’s daughters attended Oregon High School and she was known as the most involved mom with sports and extracurricular activities. Not only was she the volunteer PomPon squad coach, but she was also an awesome “Pageant Mom.” Every birthday and holiday was special and was celebrated to the max. Her girls were her world and she never missed the opportunity to experience new adventures with them. They had a blast creating so many memories traveling worldwide. Her daughters will never forget watching her jump on stage to wipe Elvis’ brow and take pictures with him afterwards at the Legends in Concert show in Las Vegas, NV. She climbed the Eiffel Tower with her girls by her side and they were giggling all the way. She was a personal banker with Community National Bank. Paula warmed the hearts of young and old in Oregon.
Paula is survived by her husband, Brian and his sons, Craig and Travis; daughters, Enna (Noah Schreiber) of Oregon and Alyssa (fiance, Demetrios Heniadis) of Evansville; grandchildren, Maddox, Amelia, Gavin, Adriana, Demetrios, Jr. and Andreas; father, William of Poynette; sister, Martha (Eric) Grover of Oregon; Godchildren, Kyle & Klint; brother, Bill Jr. (Chris Smith) of Lithia, Fla.; former husband, Stu Grover and his parents, Freeman (Marla) Grover and Darlene Grover, Jack (Mary) Ricker and numerous other relatives and friends, including her life-long group of girlfriends known as the beloved Brooklyn 7. She is preceded in death by her mother, Corrine, brother, Steven Michael and step-mother Shirlee Martinson.
Paula Jeanne was a gentle soul and a friend to all. To meet her was to love her. Her generous nature was felt by all and she always knew how to make everyone feel welcomed. She had a beautiful smile and contagious laugh, especially her famous witch cackle at Halloween. Paula’s kitchen and gardens were her claim to fame. Her mind was a steal trap and she remembered every detail of everything. Her knowledge of flowers and wildlife were impressive. She loved spending time in her gardens with her grandchildren and every fall would graciously share her bountiful harvest for everyone to enjoy. Paula has been creative and artistic her entire life. She loved to do numerous craft projects with her grandchildren. Her talent can be seen in her beautiful crocheted Afghans that she made for her family. If she wasn’t listening to Elvis, then she was dancin’ the Polka. Paula Jeanne and Martha Mary loved to go to the Polka Fest with their cousins, Betty and Debbie, and their Alsmo relatives. When her and her husband Brian would dine out, she would always be enjoying something spicy, salty or from the sea. A favorite pastime of theirs was to go to “church” every Sunday…aka Farm & Fleet. They also spent a lot of their free time relaxing at the Ricker cabin in Fennimore.
A very heartfelt thank you to Dr. Matt Anderson, Dr. Anand Mohan , Dr. Naree Whang, Nurses Laura, Wendy & Paul, Father Pat Norris, Father Tony Schumacher and the entire team at St. Mary’s Hospital and Stoughton Hospital.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at HOLY MOTHER OF CONSOLATION CHURCH, 651 N. Main St., Oregon, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, April 22, 2017, with Father Gary Wankerl presiding, followed by a luncheon at the funeral home. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL HOME, 1150 Park St., Oregon, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a time of sharing at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 20, 2017, and also at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday, April 22, 2017. A private family interment will be held.
Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
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