Friday, January 9, 2004

Sauk County, WI


Josephine M. Rowley

WISCONSIN DELLS -- Josephine M. Rowley, of rural Wisconsin Dells, died on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003 at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo. Josephine was born on Oct. 9, 1916 in Wenona, Ill., the daughter of Riccardo and Virginia (Fiorentino) Campobello. Her family, which eventually included 10 children, moved to Rockford, Ill. about 1919, living on Ferguson at Morgan Streets and later South Church at Morgan and North Main at Brown Avenue.

An employee of the Shanhouse Co. clothing manufacturers, Jo married DeForest L. Rowley in Rockford on Feb. 5,1938. DeForest was a long-time employee of the Barber-Colman Co. After five years on the farm located on Tate Road, Owen Township and two and a half years in Fort Atkinson, they lived in Winnebago, Ill. for more than 25 years (1948-1973). Jo was a member of First Presbyterian Church and United Presbyterian Women in Winnebago, the Win-Du-Pee Girl Scout leadership, the adult chapter of AFS and the Town and Country Home Extension Unit. She earned her GED certification while her younger children were completing high school. After retirement, the Rowleys established a home in the Wisconsin Dells area and spent winters in Arcadia, Fla. Jo joined the Presbyterian Church of Wisconsin Dells and attended as long as she physically could. Her husband died at the age of 79 on July 13, 1993. The victim of rheumatoid arthritis, Jo remained mobile until her death with the help of Dr. Murphy-Greenwood and staff of the Dells Clinic, visiting nurse Shirley Stevens, Jean Baker of Homeward Bound and son Alan Rowley, who resided with her.

Survivors include her children, John D. (Alice) Rowley of Winnebago, Ill., Marie J. Rowley of Palm Springs, Calif., Alan Rowley of Wisconsin Dells, Ann L. Rowley of Madison, Ruth D. Butler of Oak Creek, Rose V. Mansfield of Joshua Tree, Calif.; grandchildren, Philip Rowley and Karen Ball of Rockford, Ill., Dan (Dianna) Rowley of Pleasant Hill, Calif., George (Angie) Rowley of Noblesville,Tenn., Wayne Rowley of Lapel, Ind., Mark Williams of Madison, Shelly Williams of San Francisco, Calif., Matthew (Mary) Butler and Nicole Butler of Oak Creek, Alisha Mansfield of Joshua Tree, Calif.; great-grandson, Devon Layne of Rockford, Ill.; brothers, Richard (Phyllis) Campobello of Florida and Massachusetts, James Campobello of Rockford, Ill.; sisters, Virginia (Francis B.) Henricks of Texas and Rockford, Frances Johnson of Naperville, Ill., Marian Howell of Winterville, N.C.; brother-in-law, Robert Clothier of South Beloit, Ill.; sisters-in-law, Josephine B. Campobello of Dubuque, Iowa, June Campobello of Texas, Mary and Emma Rowley, both of Arcadia, Fla., Lydia (Roger W.) Crandall of Rockford, Ill.; and aunt, Stella Rizzo Butitta of Rockford, Ill. Jo had 34 nieces and nephews who reside throughout the United States.

She was preceded in death by her husband; siblings, Peter A. Campobello, Rockford upholsterer, Samuel Campobello of San Antonio, Texas area, Rose (Wallace B.) Hobart of Rockford, Ill. and Geraldine Clothier of South Beloit, Ill.

A memorial service will be held at the Winnebago Evangelical Fellowship, 500 West Winnebago St., Winnebago, IL 61088 on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Kenneth Schmoyer officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in the Winnebago Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church. The Rago Funeral Home in Baraboo is assisting the family.

Rowley Registry Data

DeForest L. Rowley  
John DeForest Rowley  
Alan Rowley  
Philip Rowley  
Dan Rowley  
George Rowley  
Wayne Rowley  
This family is descended from Isaac Hamilton Rowley (1818-1892) who has not been associated with any branch.

Contributed by Judy Bramlage

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