Roberta Rae Ferge

Roberta Rae Ferge

Roberta Rae Ferge, age 74, of Cottage Grove, passed away on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at Agrace HospiceCare in Madison. She was born on Sept. 3, 1943, in Madison, the daughter of Ralph Vernon and Ruth Marion (Shaw) Rydberg. She married Richard Gordon Ferge, her childhood sweetheart, on Jan. 30, 1960. Together, they raised three children. Roberta worked for the Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue, retiring in 2000. After retirement, she took a part-time position with The Herald Independentfor five years. Roberta also joined the Red Hatters for adventure, fun, and new friends. She had a special love of animals; raising poodles, Yorkshire terriers and later, a variety of birds, housing over 30 at one point. Roberta had a motorcycle license and loved riding with her husband. Other hobbies included reading, garage sale-ing, the Packers, Packman, Paison’s pizza and Parthenon gyros. She was a longtime member of Bashford United Methodist Church.

Roberta is survived by her husband, Richard Gordon Ferge; daughter, Deborah Dawn Monson; sons, Dwight Scott Ferge and Douglas Ross (Patricia) Ferge; grandchildren, Scott Michael (Jessy) Ferge, Adam Phillip Monson, Mitchell Forest Monson, Ethan Hunter (Katie) Monson, Katherine Anne Ferge and Abigail Jean Ferge; sisters, Ruth Austin of Spring, Texas, and Kathleen Maier of Madison; brother, John (Delores) Rydberg of LaCrosse; and three great-grandchildren, Chasity Leona Ferge, Aliyah Michelle Ferge and Hazel Jane Monson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Vernon and Ruth Marion Rydberg.

A private visitation and service will be held for immediate family. Final resting place will be Roselawn Memorial Park in Monona. Memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare.