Marian Jean (Ibson) Rognsvoog, age 89, died on Sun. Oct. 10. 2021 at home in Oak Creek, Wis., with family by her side.
Marian was born March 2, 1932 in Racine County, Wis., to Daniel Ibson and Mabel (Loomis) Ibson. She graduated from South Milwaukee High School, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marquette University.
She married Thomas Rognsvoog in 1953. After spending time in Frankfurt, Germany, where Thomas was stationed with the U.S. Army, the couple returned to Wisconsin and had five daughters together.
Marian taught her daughters to be smart, strong and independent, as well as how to cook, sew and care for themselves and their families. She especially enjoyed sewing clothing, quilts and doll clothes. She was always eager to make friends with people from afar who crossed her path, and enjoyed trying foods from around the world.
Over her working life, Marian was a nurse in hospitals and nursing homes; she also provided child care for her niece’s family, and for the children of local teachers for many years.
Marian loved words and writing — when she was a young mother, she wrote letters and diary pages with vivid and engaging accounts of her days. After retirement from nursing, she kept busy translating German hymns into English, studying the Greek language, and writing poetry, especially haiku.
Her faith in God was deep. She was a devout and faithful member of Northside Calvary Church in Racine, where she was Secretary of the Board for a time, taught Awana classes and provided painting, sewing and logistical support when the church built a substantial addition. In later years, she was a member of Calvary Memorial Church, also in Racine. She also visited and supported homebound elderly friends.
Marian was grateful for her niece, Faith Sromalla; her neighbor, Scott Loosen; and her very dear friends Sue McKnight, Anne Danek and Deb Lewis, who all provided much love and support, especially as she grew older. They helped her stay in her own home as she aged, which was very important to her.
She is survived by daughters Carol Wheeler, of Forestville, Wis.; Jean (Bob) Grams, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Lynn Rognsvoog (John Mello), of Woonsocket, R.I.; Erika Baern, of Portland, Ore.; and Kris (Lindy) Lawson, of Pittsburg, Kan.; as well as by five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister Myrta Holmberg.
A memorial service will occur at a later date.
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