May 1, 2018 – Bernadette Grace Roubal, 78, of West Bend, WI died Friday April 27, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital surrounded by friends. She was born on August 21, 1939 on the family farm in Rice Lake, attended by her aunt Amelia Herricks to Irene Sara Roubal (nee Zastoupil) and Joseph Philip Roubal.
She was a very active, competitive and athletic girl until she contracted polio on October 3, 1952 when she was 13 years old. While spending the rest of her life on crutches and in a wheel chair she always remained independent and strong willed.
Bernadette attended the Loveland Corners Country Grade School in the Cedar Lake Township and Rice Lake High School, graduating in 1958. After high school she attended The College of St. Scholastica and graduated as a medical record librarian.
Bernie worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Rice Lake before working at Beaver Dam Community Hospital. She then moved to Kenosha where she worked at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Medical Records Department before settling in West Bend where she attended school to become a social worker and taught at Moraine Park Technical College in West Bend until she retired due to her disability.
She is survived by her sister Dorothy (Bob) Moe of Haugen, WI and her brother Michael Roubel of Rice Lake, WI, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great-nephews and many close friends.
Bernadette in preceded in death by her parents Irene and Joseph Roubal, her brothers: Eugene “Gene” Roubal, Donald Roubal and Gerald Roubal and her sister Delores Larsen.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. AT St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in West Bend with Rev. Robert Bales presiding. The family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday, at the church from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Mary Immaculate Conception Church in West Bend, WI, Our Lady of Lourdes in Dobie, WI or Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County are appreciated.
We would like to extend a special Thank You to the Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County, the staff at Ivy Manor, Dr. Peter Cornelius and Dr. Eric Olafsson and the nurses and staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital for the for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Bernadette.
The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family.