WAUNAKEE—Marie Roeber, age 60, from Waunakee, went to be the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, after a 12-month battle with a malignant brain tumor, (glioblastoma). She was peacefully surrounded by her husband, Tim; sister, Anita; and brother-in-law, Mike, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg where she had resided for the last three months.
Marie was born Dec. 25, 1957, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Richard and Gloria (Hoffmann) Roeber. She attended Edgewood Grade School and went on to graduate from James Madison Memorial High School (class of 1976), both in Madison. Four years later she was united in marriage to longtime sweetheart, Timothy Swanson.
Marie was an especially devoted nurse. In 1979 she graduated as an RN from Rockford Memorial School of Nursing. She went on to receive her BSN at Rockford College. Marie’s nursing degree, complemented by love of her profession, allowed her to work in a wide range of care, from pediatric to psychiatric nursing care. Her specialty was psychiatric and dementia patients and her passion was being an instructor in the psychiatric nursing field. She mentored many and saved countless lives through her 40-year career. Eventually she went on to start her own business, Spouses Serving Seniors, in Waunakee, using her gifts to help dementia patients. She was a beautiful and special lady who had a flair for and enjoyed fashion, home decorating and shopping. She loved music and had many fond memories of singing with family, especially during holidays, which brought her great joy. Marie had a love and passion for pets and was never without at least one, usually more. She loved to cuddle up with them at day’s end, which added peace, tranquility and much enjoyment to her life.
Marie is survived by her husband, Timothy Swanson; her sister, Anita and brother-in-law, Mike Ashworth. She is further survived by several in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Gloria (Hoffmann) Roeber; her brother, Gregory Roeber; and her grandparents, Anita and Nelson Hoffmann and Rosalyn and Henry Roeber.
Visitation will be held at WINN-CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 5785 Highway Q, in Waunakee, on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, from 10 a.m. to noon. A memorial service will follow.
We would like to thank Marie’s family and friends for the many prayers, love and passion shared throughout this hard time. We would like to also thank all the UW Health physicians and nurses, especially Dr. Michael Weber for the special care he provided. Thank you to all the caregivers from Senior Helpers for the quality of care they provided. A big thank you to all the staff, nurses, and CNAs at Agrace HospiceCare for the loving and compassionate care given to Marie throughout the last three months. They did an outstanding job.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare, Fitchburg. Please share your memories at www.CressFuneralService.com.
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