Rowena L. Welch, age 96 years, of Marion passed away Friday, September 13, 2013 at Bethel Lutheran Home in Oshkosh.
The former Rowena Lois Krueger was born on March 15, 1917 in Clintonville to Carl and Alma (Yankee) Krueger. In elementary school she advanced two grades and completed Marion High School at the age of sixteen. Rowena was united in marriage on October 26, 1935 to Ceylon H. Welch at St. John Lutheran Church, Marion. The couple owned and operated Welch Fire Equipment Corporation manufacturing fire trucks starting in 1964. Her husband preceded her in death in 1970 she continued to run the family business with her son. She worked as a bookkeeper until the age of 94 when she suffered a stroke forcing her to retire.
She is currently a member of Grace Family Church and is a former member of St. John Lutheran Church, both of Marion. In her early years at St. John’s, she served as President of the congregation, she volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, taught 6th grade confirmation class, was active with the Ladies Aid, and helped as a VBS teacher. Rowena also was a board member of the Greenleaf Cemetery Association and is a former Girl Scout Leader. She especially loved music and enjoyed her gift to be able to play the piano at a young age.
Survivors include two children; William Welch of Marion and Julianne (Terry) Noak of Schofield. There are three grandchildren; Steven Noak, Stacy Noak, and Stefanie Holland. There is one great granddaughter, Destiny Holland. She is further survived by many other relatives and friends. Rowena is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ceylon, a brother, Leslie Krueger.
Funeral service will be on Wednesday, September 18th at 11:00 AM at Grace Family Church, Marion. Pastor Skip Robertson will officiate and burial will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Marion, and on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until time of service at the church. Online condolences may be sent via www.beil-didier.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred in memory of Rowena to Greenleaf Cemetery Association.
The family wishes to thank all the nurses and staff at Bethel Lutheran Home for the love given and the patience shown to Rowena during her stay.