Rose Emma Glanzman Beach, 99, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2019 at the home of her daughter, Janet Beach, with her family by her side. She was born on January 4, 1920 in Stockton, Illinois, the daughter of immigrant Swiss parents, Alfred and Emma Glanzman. She grew up in Illinois and then Wisconsin, where her father was a cheesemaker and later a farmer. As a first generation Swiss American, Rose spoke Swiss German as a child. She was very proud of her Swiss heritage and made several trips in her life to connect with family living in Switzerland.
On April 30, 1944, she married Duane Beach at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Monroe, Wisconsin. Rose was a devoted wife of 75 years and a loving mother. She had three adult children, Audrey Schuetze, Paul Beach (Carolyn) and Janet Beach (John). In addition, she was blessed with eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Throughout her life with her husband, Duane, she supported his efforts to carry on the tradition of the family farm that was founded in 1901. She was a talented cook, baker, and gardener. Rose enjoyed making many kinds of crafts and was skilled in creating needlepoint and crochet pieces. She had a great sense of curiosity about the world, and she loved to travel in the United States and Canada as well as Europe, Australia, and Asia.
Rose graduated from Gratiot High School in 1937. Following that she graduated from Madison Business College and then worked at Wenger and Burgy Insurance Agency in Monroe. She was very active in her church and in her community. She was a dedicated member of St. John’s United Church of Christ where she was part of creating the Hannah Circle of the Women’s Guild in March 1961. She was recognized for 29 years of teaching Sunday School there in October 1980. She helped with many other church events, such as Bible School, Christmas care boxes, spaghetti suppers and craft fairs. Rose was a very strong member and leader in the Richland Homemakers Club for 65 years. She was awarded Senior Homemaker of the Year in 1993. She also was a devoted member and held office in the Monroe Garden Club.
Her most treasured moments in life were spent with all her family. She is survived by her husband, Duane, her daughters and son, all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her sister, Frieda Wills. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Emma, and two sisters, Helen Monson and Margaret Kubly.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11:00am at St. John’s United Church of Christ at 1724 14th Street in Monroe. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, March 22, 2019 from 5-7pm at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home at 1455 Mansion Drive in Monroe. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in Rose’s memory.