BARRON, Wis. – Josephine Lee Rick, 80, of Barron, Wis., passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Dallas Care and Rehab Center, in Dallas, Wis., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born July 30, 1933, in Okmulgee, Okla., to Lester and Mildred Mosier. She married Victor Rick on Oct. 27, 1951, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Seneca.
While raising her children, she earned an Associate of Education degree from Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She taught at Merrill Elementary School in Rock Falls, retiring in 1988. During her teaching career, she and Victor spent their summers operating the resort they owned near Hayward, Wis.
She was a talented artist ,and operated her own craft business during her retirement years, after she and Victor moved to Barron. She enjoyed fishing, collecting antiques, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed spending summers at the family’s cabin on Lost Land Lake.
She is survived by her husband; children, Eugene (Mardel) of Barron, Vicky (Rob) Orr of Ottawa, Roger (Julie) and Thomas (SueAnn), both of Rice Lake, Wis., and Daniel (Pamela) of Dixon; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and her siblings, James, John, Donald, Robert, Linda Caise, Charles, and Mary Ellen Weyand.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Gene, and a son, Gary, in infancy.
There will be no visitation. A memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 30 at St. Joseph Parish, 827 E. La Salle Ave., Barron, Wis., with the Rev. James Bartelme officiating. Inurnment will be at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wis. Cremation Society of Wisconsin in Altoona, Wis., is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Memorial Garden at the Dallas Care & Rehab Center, 1222 E. Dallas St., Dallas, WI 54733.
Visit www.cremationsociety-wi.com to send condolences.