Saturday, April 22, 2017

No Good Deed is in Vain

We received these thank you notes for the St. Patrick's Day cards that were sent out.  Kudos to our President for this initiative.

Ramona Weisbrod passed away April 4, 2017.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

They Like Us! They Really Like Us!

Another grant recipient heard from:

2017 SPARTA Scholarship Recipient

The SPARTA Scholarship Committee is please to announce that our 2017 Scholarship winner is Brittany Gagas, Rosholt.  The alternative chosen if she is unable to accept is Morgann Glazer, Stevens Point.

Forever in Our Memory

Our sincere sympathies to out to the family and friends of these fellow educators 
who have passed away this month:

Ramona M. Weisbrod

Ramona Marie (Rozek) Weisbrod passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 4. While heaven gained a gentle soul, our world has lost some of its warmth. She was born April 19, 1926 to August and Martha (Kedrowicz) Rozek on the family farm in Polonia. She had three older brothers (Ernest, Fabian and Henry) and three older sisters (Loretta, Emily and Evelyn) and a younger sister Theresa/Tess. Only Emiily and Tess survive her.

Ramona attended school in Polonia and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in 1944. She attended Central State Teachers College earning a 2-year teaching certificate and eventually earned her degree at Wisconsin State University - Stevens Point.

Ramona married the love of her life, Clarence Weisbrod, on June 7, 1947 and they celebrated their 67th anniversary before Clarence passed away in 2014. Together they raised five children: Nancy (Brian) Wilhelm of Neenah, Joseph (Mary Ann) Weisbrod of Rosholt, Barbara (Russell) Golla of Plover, John (Kathy) Weisbrod of Stevens Point, and Dori (Mike Meverden) of Spring Grove, Illinois. They were blessed with ten grandchildren: Eric (Tonya) Weisbrod, Lindsey (Jeremy) Leick, Tracy (Patrick) Weishan, Erin Wilhelm, Megan Golla, Kara (Tyler) Shogren, Lauren Golla, Logan Golla, Anna Weisbrod, and Jacob Weisbrod. They also found much joy in their five great grandchildren: Hannah and Jacob Weisbrod, Elizabeth and Alexander Leick, and Emily Shogren.

Ramona served 38 years as an elementary school teacher in and around the Stevens Point area with her last 19 years at Washington school. She was delighted to be recognized by former students who would greet her by saying "I had you for a teacher!"

After retiring in 1988, she and Clancy enjoyed traveling all over the United States on bus trips. Starting in 1958 they escaped to their cottage on Lake Helen in Rosholt where first their children and later grandchildren explored outdoor life camping, fishing, swimming and boating. Ramona also golfed, gardened and walked for exercise but her great love was time with "this wonderful family" and a lifetime of friends. Her family will miss her cooking and is grateful she passed along so many of her recipes in a family cookbook. The gatherings for any (and no) occasion won't be the same without her. Her card games with her sisters were legendary. She also enjoyed the birds at her feeders almost as much as any visitors on her doorstep.

Ramona was unfailingly kind and did everything she could to care for others. In her memoir on the occasion of her 90th birthday she stated "Our Catholic faith has been the cornerstone on which we built our lives." She has been a faithful member of St. Stanislaus/Holy Spirit Catholic Church since 1952. Ramona had a great reverence for Pope Francis and enjoyed watching Sister Anjelica on EWTN.

Ramona and Clarence lived in their dream house on Soo Marie Ave. for 52 years until making a new home in 2014 at Oakridge now Brookdale. Ramona enjoyed her many friends and activities there until the time of her passing. The family would like to thank the residents and staff especially Rosemary for making her feel so "at home". Dr. Terry Hahn provided compassionate care to Ramona for many years and her family is so grateful.

Services were held Friday, April 7 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with visitation beginning at 11:30 AM. Mass of the Resurrection at 1:00 PM. Burial followed at Guardian Angel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Ramona's name will be established.

"I thank God every day for this wonderful family"

Published in Stevens Point Journal on Apr. 6, 2017

Gladys May Wentworth

Gladys May Wentworth, age 95, died peacefully April 10, 2017 at Brookdale Senior Living in Stevens Point, WI.

Gladys was born May 15, 1921 to the late Guy and Olive (Scribner) Gilman in the Buena Vista Township. She grew up on the Gilman family farm, attended the local grade school, and graduated from Emerson High School in 1938. Gladys subsequently attended Central State Teachers College.

She Married Bayard S. Wentworth on August 16, 1941 at the Buena Vista Methodist Church.

Gladys and Bayard settled in Stevens Point after her husband was discharged from military service. She dedicated her life to raising her four children until they began high school. Gladys worked several secretarial positon until finding her home at Madison Elementary School. She worked there as a school secretary until retiring in 1983.

Gladys will be remembered for her warmth and loving nature. Family was extremely important to Gladys and she relished spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. She also enjoyed her social circles and conversation with good friends. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, the Rachel Circle, and the Fly High Group at St Paul's Methodist Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed cross stitching and baking her famous brownies and lemon bars. Gladys was proud of having been able to visit all fifty states; in addition to her travel abroad. In her later years, Gladys remained active and enjoyed walking well into her 90's.

Survivors include her children, Barbara (special friend, Norbert Shidell) Paulson, Cheryl Wentworth, Dennis (Michelle) Wentworth, and Kevin (Mary) Wentworth; sisters, Patricia Graham, and Marie (Clem) Hudziak; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bayard; sister, Jeanne; brother, Guy; and granddaughter, Lynne.

A Funeral Service was held 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 14, 2017 at St Paul's United Methodist Church with Rev. Howard Hintzman presiding. A time of Visitation was held on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Boston Funeral Home and on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church. Interment will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.

Published in Stevens Point Journal on Apr. 11, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Wisconsin Tops Achievement Gap

This chart was in an article about the increasing segregation in charter schools (public funded private education) in Minnesota.  It's dismaying to see Wisconsin at the top of this ranking.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

More Thank You Letters

We received two more "thank you" letters from grant recipients.

Easing Your Tax Bill

Did you know that after age 70 1/2, the required withdrawal from your IRA account has no taxes assessed if donated directly to a nonprofit organization?   What a great way to get more bang for your charity buck!  Qualified nonprofits, by the way, would include the SPARTA scholarship fund with the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin.

Thanks to Eileen Payne for this information.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Book Sale Posters

SPARTA members,

Attached is the book sale poster that can be printed or posted to friends online. I also have posters printed for those who volunteered to take them out in the community. The sale is Wednesday, May 3 to Saturday, May 6, so the posters can be put out as soon as possible.

If you want copies of printed posters, contact Nancy Kemmeter at 715-344-2598.