Rose Mary Lecheler

February 28, 1931 - September 12, 2022


Obituary For Rose Mary Lecheler

Madison- Rose Mary “Rosie” Lecheler, 91, joined her husband in their forever home in Heaven on September 12th, 2022.

Rosie was born the seventh of eight children to Warren and Margaret (Riley) Manson on February 28, 1931; sharing a birthday with her grandma Riley. Rosie was a lifelong Madison resident attending St. James grade school and West High School, class of ’49. On June 22, 1963, she married Alvin Lecheler and they were blessed with two beautiful, much loved daughters. Rosie spent her entire career with the State of Wisconsin. She worked at the State Insurance Department and the UW Medical School until her first daughter was born. Then she was lucky to be a stay-at-home mom for about 15 years. When she returned to work it was at UW Centers Registrar’s Office, retiring in 1994 to spend more time with her grandchildren. If she had known grandchildren were so much fun, she would have had them first.

Rosie is a 58 year cancer survivor. She was a charter member of St. Peter Catholic Church, longtime volunteer and member of the Ladies Guild and Funeral Lunch Bunch. She was also a charter member of 60+ years of the Thirsty Thursday Card Club. Rosie loved Al, her family, chocolate, LaStella Tours, Badger sports, volunteering, Square Dancing, Pope Francis, her faith community and her amazing friends. Rosie was a voracious reader, a trait she passed on to her grandchildren. Rosie and Al were long time members of Westport Squares. She was a proud member of the Dane County Shamrock Club and involved with the Linus Blanket Project.

Rosie is survived by her two daughters, Cindy Herde, and Laurie Lecheler, her favorite son in law, David Herde, her “adopted” son John Wise and her precious, much loved grandchildren, Vicki (Arthur Knoer) Herde, Christopher (Evelyn) Herde, and Sarah Herde, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. She was met at the pearly gates by her parents, husband, Al, sisters, Lucille Hovde, Alice Slotten, Florence Buege, Angie Fauska, Dorothy Omdahl and brothers Bob and Bill Manson, along with a nephew, Russell Slotten and two great nephews Chris Patton and Tim Morrison.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022 at ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N. Sherman Avenue, with Father William Nolan officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass on Friday at the church. Interment will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. The family would like to thank Fr. Bill Nolan, Lori Samolyk, Sue Morrison, and Agrace Hospice Care for their TLC. Thanks also to her nieces and nephews for making her journey easier and a lot more fun.

Rosie’s favorite presents were donations made in her honor. Please donate to your favorite charity in her memory and help spread her love around the world.

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St. Peter Catholic Church 5001 North Sherman Avenue Madison, WI 53704 Get Directions »
23 Sep

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM

St. Peter Catholic Church 5001 North Sherman Avenue Madison, WI 53704 Get Directions »
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  • 09/20/2022

    You will always be a part of me Al + Rosemary = me 💜

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  • 09/19/2022

    Goodby dear friend, thank you for all of the wonderful memories. Roy Gibson

  • 09/14/2022

  • 09/14/2022

    Thoughts and prayers for your family. With all our love, Theresa and Hana Aronson


  • Eternal Peace Basket

    Eternal Peace Basket was sent for Rose Mary Lecheler - September 22, 2022

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    Bethany Wise sent Mixed flowers in a handled basket for Rose Mary Lecheler - September 20, 2022

    Laurie and family, Your mother was a special human being. She was the very definition of Mother. May you hold her dear in your hearts. With sympathy, Bethany Wise

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