May 25, 1954 - September 1, 2018
Evansville, WI -- Sally Alma Mauerman Reisem, our Steel Magnolia, age 64, of Evansville passed away Saturday September 1st, 2018, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born May 25, 1954 in Stoughton, WI, to Harold and Virginia (Fenn) Mauerman. She grew up on a farm in Magnolia, where she developed a respect for the land and its rich heritage. Sally graduated from Evansville High School in 1972. In high school, she exceled in music, forensics and drama. One of her greatest joys was playing Yenta in the school's production of Fiddler on the Roof. She graduated from Madison Business College in 1975. During her years in college, she worked as an office float at Jackson Medical Center. In 1977, Sally moved back to Evansville and started her career at Union Bank & Trust.
On June 8th, 1991 Sally married Anthony Reisem of St. Paul, MN, at the Magnolia Advent Christian Church. After a disabling car accident in 1995, she became a stay at home Super Mom, volunteering for every organization her children were part of. Even though she loved being involved in all of the organizations, her heart belonged to 4-H. Sally was a project and general leader for the Magnolia 4-H club for many years as well as a key leader at the county level. When her children were in high school, Sally was employed as an Americor Vista worker with the Rock County 4-H program. During that time, she worked on many 4-H after school activities, which eventually transitioning into work with the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Sally was recently presented with the "I Bleed Green" lifetime achievement award by the Rock County 4-H Leader's Council.
She was a life time member of the Magnolia Advent Christian Church, where she was a Sunday School Teacher, Bible School teacher, Christmas program director and choir member. She was also a member of the Magnolia Helpers Union, where she served as an officer, and wrote their monthly devotions. Sally loved to read, hand stitch, sew, bake, spend time with family & friends and trace genealogy. She presented on several occasions to local historical societies on various topics, including The Magnolia Church & Cemeteries, Cainville School and The Salem Witch Trials.
Sally is leaving behind her husband, Anthony; her children: Rod (Bridget) Lynn of Evansville, Roxanne (Nick) Halverson of Arena, Ryan (Whitney) Reisem of Dodgeville; her grandchildren: Wesley and Melanie of Evansville, and Olivia and Henley of Dodgeville; her siblings: Jeanne (Jerry) Johnson, William Mauerman of Janesville, John (Bev) Mauerman of Evansville; mother and father-in-law, Joan and Jerry Reisem of St. Paul, MN; and brother-in-law, David (Wendy) Reisem of Clear Lake, MN; also, her aunts: Marilyn Shoemaker, Frances Lange, Darleen Fenn, Dotty Mauerman, all of Evansville, and Donna Mauerman of Monroe; numerous nieces; nephews; and cousins across the Midwest; many dear friends; and her "extended family" at Magnolia Advent Christian Church, Rock County 4-H program and the tractor gang. Sally is preceded in death by her parents; uncles: Art Shoemaker, Ronald Lange and George Fenn of Evansville, Roy Mauerman and Fred Kaderli of Brodhead, and Melvin Mauerman and Roy Kaderli of Monroe; aunts Wilma Kaderli of Brodhead, and Florance Kaderli of Monroe; sister-in-law, Lucia Mauerman of Evansville; niece, Janice Johnson; and great-niece Cadence Johnson of Janesville.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday September 15, 2018, at Magnolia Advent Christian Church, 14726 West County Road A, Evansville, with Reverend Tom Moe officiating. Burial will follow in East Magnolia Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 2:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday at Ward-Hurtley Funeral Home, 130 South 5th Street, Evansville. Condolences may be expressed at Wardhurtley.com
Special thanks go to Dr. Dustin Deming, Anica, Agrace Hospice, Barb and Norm Pierce, Kathy van Veldhuisen, Debbie Jorgenson, her aunts Marilyn, Francis and Darlene