Anna Pauline “Ann” Schellenberger, 101, of Baraboo, WI, went peacefully to her heavenly home on July 18, 2014, just one month short of her 102nd birthday.
Ann was born on August 19, 1912 in Baraboo to Glen R. and Clara K. (Bender) Brooks. She spent her childhood in North Freedom, attending grade school and high school there. After graduation, she spent some time in the Milwaukee area providing child care and housekeeping for several families there.
After returning to the North Freedom area, she married Raymond Schellenberger on April 20, 1940 in the parsonage of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Freedom.
Ray and Ann took up farming and soon welcomed their first son, Glen Carl in 1942. He was a special baby and only stayed on this earth a short time. Ray and Ann loved farming together and spent their days raising two more boys on various farms in the North Freedom area. They raised dairy cattle, hogs and beef cattle. When her boys were older, Ann went to work as a sewing machine operator at Baraboo Tent & Awning.
Ann & Ray were some of the first members of the Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club and at the time of her death, she was the oldest living member. In the 50 years of membership, together they built three scale model tractors large enough to carry two adults. Their summer weekends were spent traveling to various thresharee shows throughout Wisconsin. They transported “Ann’s Avery” in the back of the pick-up and pulled their camper with them. Later, they hauled the Fairbanks Morse tractor they built together in the workshop on their farm.
Ann was a long time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Freedom and as long as she was able, she sang in the choir and served in various capacities in the church. She also belonged to a local Homemakers Group. She had many friends through both of those organizations.
Ann loved to dance and sing and watch basketball. You could often find Ray and Ann at a local dance hall in LaRue with their friends, Oscar and Shirley, with Ann on the dance floor during every dance – usually with a female friend as Ray wasn’t much for dancing but he loved to watch her dance.
Winters from about 1975 until Ray’s death were spent in Arizona. They loved to pull their camper down and park it in various RV parks in the Phoenix Valley. From Tempe to Apache Junction to Mesa, they loved the warm weather and always welcomed family and friends to visit.
Ann loved her four grandchildren and had a very special relationship with her three great-granddaughters. Emily, Jordan and Ava have all been blessed to have known her.
In her later years, Ann loved to read Christian novels and do word search puzzles. She had read her entire Bible twice in the last three years. She lived in several assisted living facilities, made friends with everyone wherever she went and never a complaint or bad word of anyone. Ann lived her last years at Oak Park Place and she will be missed by her many young friends who work there.
Ann is survived by her two sons, Gene Schellenberger of Baraboo and Carl (Grace) Schellenberger also of Baraboo; four grandchildren, Michael (Andrea) Schellenberger of Reedsburg, Tracy (Todd) Buelow of Baraboo, Scott Schellenberger, of Verona, and Melisa (Andrew) Skwor of Baraboo; her three beautiful great-granddaughters: Emily Schellenberger, Jordan Buelow and Ava Grace John, several nieces and nephews and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Schellenberger, her son, “Baby” Glen Schellenberger, daughter-in-law, Joanne Schellenberger, her parents, one brother, Gerald and one sister, Irma Clement.
A celebration of Ann’s life will be held at 11am on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Freedom, WI with Rev. Andrew Meyer officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Avenue, Baraboo. Additional visitation will take place at 10am until the time of service at the church. Burial will immediately follow service at the Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Freedom.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Clare Hospital for their wonderful care; and to the caretakers at Oak Park Place for their friendship and love.