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"Many Memories of My Mother...MaryLou Andruss(Ringstad)"

Updated January 8, 2005

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HI,
MY NAME IS BERNADINE(RINGSTAD)(ZIMPEL)... YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF (MARYLOU ANDRUSS)(RINGSTAD)AND I AM MAKING THIS HOMEPAGE JUST FOR MY MEMORY OF HER AND TO SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD AND THE HEAVANS ABOVE BECAUSE OF HER SWEET LOVE;
HER LIFE BEGAN ON JUNE,25 1934 BUT SADLY ENDED ON JANUARY,21 2003.HER LAST WORDS,AS HER FAMILY WAS ALL AROUND HER IN THE E.R , LITTLE DID SHE KNOW ,BUT WE ALL HAD GUESSED SHE KNEW THIS WAS THE END...BUT SHE SAID " IF ANYTHING SHOULD HAPPEN REMEMEBER "I LOVE YOU ALL".SHE WAS A GREAT WOMAN OF STRENGTH BUT YET COULD BE GENTLE AS THE PEDALS OF A ROSE...
HER FAMILY WAS EVERYTHING.
SHE CAME FROM A FAMILY OF 11 CHILDREN!!!
5-BROTHERS AND 6-SISTERS,
THEY WERE ALL CHILDREN OF IRA.W ANDRUSS
ANDTHE FORMER VERA.C BURGESS.
HER FATHER (IRA W.ANDRUSS) WAS A SON OF (RALPH J. ANDRUSS )AND (CAROLINE LOUISE WILCOX.)
(CAROLINE WILCOX) WAS THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF THE LATE SEYMOUR WILCOX(THE FOUNDER OF WAUPUN,WI). MARY INTO ADULTHOOD STARTED HER OWN FAMILY WHEN SHE MARRIED MY DAD LAVERN AUBREY RINGSTAD AND WENT ON TO HAVE 5 CHILDREN,VICKIE(JIM)WARNECKE,CAROL(MATT)STROEDE,RICK(LYNDA)RINGSTAD,BERNADINE(BRAD)ZIMPEL...WHOM NOW IS DIVORCED AND ENGAGED TO JAMES MARKS,AND HER LAST BUT LEAST MOM'S BABY OF THE BUNCH ,STEVE RINGSTAD...WHOM LIVED WITH MOM ALL HIS ADULT LIFE AND NEVER MARRIED OR HAD CHILDREN...BUT MOM WANTED THAT BAD FOR STEVE...
HER REAL JOY CAME WITH HER 13 GRANDCHILDREN,ESPECIALLY MY YOUNGEST KIDS (BRANDI AND JACOB MARKS)WHOM SHE KEEP THINKING THEY WERE HER GREAT GRANDKIDS BECAUSE BY NOW ALL HER OTHER GRANDCHILDREN WERE WELL INTO ADULTHOOD AND YOU COULD SEE THE SPARKLE IN HER EYES ,BEING GRANDMA TO A ONE AND TWO YEAR OLD AGAIN.SHE LEFT A EVERLASTING MEMORY IN BRANDI AND JAKEY's life
THEY'RE ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT GRANDMA IN HEAVAN...
MOM HAD MANY NIECES AND NEPHEWS AS WELL AND THEY WERE ALL CLOSE TO THEIR AUNT MARYLOU!!!
SHE WAS GOOD HEARTED SHE WOULD TAKE ANYONE OFF THE STREET AND CARE FOR THEM....
IN HER LAST FEW YEARS HER LOVE WAS PLAYING THE PENNY MACHINES UP AT HO-CHUNK CASINO IN BARABOO,WI...
SHE GOT SO EXCITED EVERYTIME ME AND MY BOYFRIEND(JIM) WOULD CALL HER TO GO UP THERE.SHE THOUGHT WHEN HER PALMS WOULD ITCH,
SHE WAS GONNA RUN INTO MONEY.
WHEN SHE CAME TO OUR HOUSE JIM WOULD SAY " MARYLOU MY PALMS ARE ITCHING"AND MOM WOULD SAY "OH GOD SO ARE MINE"....THEN AWAY TO HO-CHUNKIN' WE WOULD GO.
THEN SHE STARTED GOING UP THERE WITH HER 2 SISTERS (JO-ELLEN AND GINNY)AND THAT WAS GREAT BECAUSE IT WAS AWHILE SINCE THEY HAD SPENT ANY TIME TOGETHER, BUT SHE SUDDENLY GOT SICK WITH HER 2ND-BOUGHT WITH CANCER AND COULDN'T BEAT IT THIS TIME.SHE HAS HAD MANY HARD ISSUES IN LIFE AND I ALSO THINK THESE GOT THE BEST OF HER. SHE WAS NEVER AFRAID TO DIE...SHE ALWAYS THOUGHT OF IT AS GOING HOME BY HER MOM(VERA) AND DAD(IRA)... BROTHERS
(JIMMY& RALPH ANDRUSS )AND SISTER LOIS ANN(JUDD),SOME NEPHEWS AND NIECES,LASTLY HER DAUGHTER AND(MY SISTER)CAROL ANN STROEDE
WHOM WHO PASSED AWAY FROM A SUDDAN BOUGHT WITH CANCER ON OCT,16 2000 AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 44.I REMEMBER MOM BEING STRONG BY HER BEDSIDE SAYING "ITS O.K HONEY GO TO SLEEP NOW AND YOU GO UP THERE AND MAKE A SPOT FOR MAMMA.".
THAT SHE DID BECAUSE MOM GOT HER ANGEL WINGS ONLY TWO SHORT YEARS LATER.


TO EVEREYONE WHO HAS A MOTHER THAT DID NOT YET PART:
HERE'S A POEM THAT I BELIEVE YOU SHOULD TAKE TO HEART!!!

WARMER THAN THE SUMMER SUN,
SOFTER THAN THE BREEZE;
SWEETER THAN A ROSE IN BLOOM,
A MOTHERS ALL OF THESE.
SHE WILL ALWAYS STAND BY YOU THROGHOUT YOUR YEARS,
SHE'LL BE AROUND TO COMFORT YOU IF YOU SHOULD SHED SOME TEARS,
SHE WILL ALWAYS PICK YOU UP NO MATTER WHY YOU FALL;
BECAUSE THE STRONGEST LOVE OF MOTHERS
IS THE STRONGEST LOVE OF ALL...YES MOTHERS ARE GODS ANGELS,BUT REMEMBER THEY'RE ON LOAN AND ONE DAY,GOD WILL CALL THEM HOME!!!

 
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