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Rose Ann Tracy

Rose Ann (Nesemeier) Tracy, aged 73, died peacefully on February 1, 2018 at her home in Cal-houn, Georgia, with her husband by her side after a brief struggle with cancer. Rose was born July 13, 1944, in Freeport, Illinois, the daughter of Lynn Nesemeier and Luella (Becker) Nesemeier. Rose thoroughly enjoyed cooking, camping and gardening. She spent countless hours canning vegetables, making sauerkraut, pickles and spaghetti sauce and providing for her husband and family. No one ever left her house hungry. She was an excellent cook and bartender and had a great sense of humor. And she loved to tell jokes. On May 7, 1987, Rose married the love of her life, Gary Lee Tracy in Monroe, Wisconsin. They lived in Shirland, Illinois and upon retirement, built a homestead in Spooner, Wisconsin before finally settling in Calhoun, Georgia. One of their favorite things to do in retirement was to con-nect the camper to the back of the truck, load up her three precious dogs and go wherever the road took them. In her final weeks, Gary rarely left her side and was an incredible source of sup-port and comfort for her. Her sons would like to publicly express their gratitude to their step-father for his undying commitment to their mother in her final weeks. In addition to raising her sons, she volunteered her time at Dakota High School sewing flags for the marching band, coordinating costumes for theater productions and making donuts for fund raisers. She was always there to lend a hand. Rose is survived by her husband, Gary, sons Todd (Denise) Morden of Palatine, IL, Craig (Bina) Lenz of Jackson, GA, Jeffrey Lenz of Spooner, WI, Christopher (Michael Forest) Morden of Lake Sherwood, CA, stepchildren Colleen Russell of Vincennes, IN, Shannon (Brad) Hudson of Oak-town, IN, Deborah Gerke of Pearl City, IL, and Gregory Tracy of South Beloit, IL, several grandchil-dren and great grandchildren as well as sisters Barbara Miller, Rita (Jerry) Anderson and Nancy (Thomas) Giuffre and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Randall Nesemeier. Rose has chosen to forgo memorial services, encouraging friends and loved ones to remember her in their own way. Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Rose Ann Tracy.

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Rose Ann was one of the best wifes, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and friend. I met Rose Ann when I was 13 and she was 12 in Freeport, IL. I moved into her neighborhood and was sitting on my front porch when Rose Ann came down to greet me (she never knew a stranger). She ask me if I wanted to trade comic books and I told her I didn't have any - then she said "do you smoke?" - up to my bedroom we went to sneak a smoke with the window open so no one would know. About a week later my dad opens up the door-comes in and nails a wooden sign up on the bedroom wall and walked out. The sign said "NO SMOKING" . We remained friends and shared our lives and families. Shared our ups and downs of life as well as sharing Holidays with each others family. My daughter Karen and her son Todd ended up married and had two wonder grand-sons for us.. We now share 2 Great grandsons.. Rose Ann has left so many smiles in my heart that in no way could I express them in one tribute to her. Always a smile - a joke - and a helping hand to anyone who needed one. You will be greatly missed my dear friend --Love You

Marsha Asbury Feb 11 2018 10:56 AM

Sending love and comfort to those this beautiful soul left behind. May the fond memories you made together give you peace. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to know her and will think fondly of the conversations we had about cooking, baking, canning, and of course the famous saurkraut! Denise & Paul Sousa

Denise Sousa Feb 8 2018 11:16 PM

Missing you dear cousin, but grateful for our time together. All my love to the Nesemeier -Tracy families. God bless.

Candi Nesemeier Feb 8 2018 6:44 AM

Grandma every time I see your Christmas cactus bloom I will smile! I love and miss you. I will see you again soon. You will be our angel in the sky.

Nikki Sapp Feb 7 2018 10:35 PM

She always spoiled my sisters and I when they came to visit us. I couldnt have ask for a better grandmother! Cheyenne Tracy Green Bay, Wisconsin

Cheyenne Tracy Feb 7 2018 7:53 PM

Sorry about the loss of Rose. She and I love the Chicago Bears. I got a lot of laughs from her Facebook posts on that subject. She had a great sense of humor. Mo Ostergard Davis, IL

Mo Ostergard Feb 3 2018 9:21 AM