Rosanne S. Woodward, Rio

Rosanne S. Woodward died peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at SSM Health Hospice House in Baraboo, after cancer snuck up on her and all of us shortly before she died.

She was born Oct. 24, 1942, to Rodney and Genevieve Bussian. Rosanne married Art Woodward of Rio in 1961. She was a proud farm wife who loved being outdoors, always ready to teach visitors about farming, and was the first to lend a hand when needed. She was an active community member including Poynette Inch United Methodist Church, 4-H, school board, and Lowville Center Homemakers. She loved history and was proud of her Norwegian heritage.

Rosanne and Art have three children, Julie (Joan Jacobsen) of McFarland, Jim (Paula) of Rio and Joe (Ellen) of Poynette; and the pride of her life, four grandsons, Jackson, Ike, Sawyer and Gage. She is further survived by her sister, Pat (Lawrence) Ford; brothers, Don (Diana), Bill (Linda) and Randy (Jill); and numerous other relatives and close friends.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the folks who helped guide Rosanne and her family on this last journey, including the staff on 5SW at St. Mary’s Hospital, SSM Health Hospice House, and especially to Pastor Dianne Vielhuber for helping Rosanne and Art find peace in a short period of time.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond, N3540 Highway 22, Poynette, with the Rev. Dianne Vielhuber officiating. Burial will be at Rocky Run Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, at The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Monday, Nov. 27.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Rosanne’s name to SSM Health Hospice House, 915 12th St, Baraboo, WI 53913 or Poynette Inch United Methodist Church, 402 S. Main St., Poynette, 53955.

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette ( is assisting the family.