Ginger Lee Koenen departed this life on Oct. 12, 2020 at her residence in Danbury, at the age of 52 years, 6 months and 2 days. She was born April 10, 1968 to Gerald and Vicki (Pelton) Koenen.
Ginger grew up in Danbury attending Danbury Elementary School. She graduated, 11th in her class, from Webster High School in 1986.
She married in 1988, moving to Grantsburg, but later divorced. She worked several jobs during her earlier years. She was a receptionist at the hospital in Grantsburg. Then moved to Minneapolis/St. Paul where she was a Paralegal. She moved back home to Danbury in 1991 and worked at the St. Croix Casino as a waitress, then as a Blackjack Dealer.
It was during her pregnancy in 1993 that she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Her daughter, Ciara, was born in 1994. With the help of her doctor, she overcame many exacerbations, including blindness for a short time and being unable to walk, but through persistence and the use of a new type of medication by infusion, that is now available for use by their patients, she was able to live as normal a life as possible. She was so proud of herself in that she was able to walk better and even run at times. She purchased her own home for herself and her daughter in 2000. She was a vibrant, strong willed, happy person who could always come up with something humorous to make us all remember that life is what you make of it. She lived by that motto through good and bad times. She was able to survive her many trials in life, count her blessings and remain in the home she loved dearly.
She was a huge Green Bay Packer fan and her dream come true was going to Lambeau Field to see a game. She was so excited when they won. She instilled that love and excitement for her favorite team into her daughter, Ciara. As a single mom, she taught her daughter to be independent, hunt, fish and enjoy all the benefits of outdoor life.
She was preceded in death by a nephew, Joshua Kern; grandparents, Henry and Bernice Koenen, Earl Pelton and Betty and Curtis Soens.
Ginger is survived by her only child, daughter Ciara M. Stadick of Danbury; her parents, Jerry and Vicki Koenen; sister, Jennifer (Todd) Kern; niece, Merissa Kern; nephew, Dustin Kern, all of Danbury; many other relatives and friends.
A Gathering will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at The Lodge at Crooked Lake in the Bear Den Room, 24271 State Rd 35 N, Siren, WI 54872. Condolences may be sent to Rowe Funeral Home, ATTN: Ciara Stadick/Vicki Koenen, P.O. Box 646, Frederic, WI 54837.
You are invited to leave condolences, memories and photos at www.rowefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home, 715-327-4475 and the Northwest WI Cremation Center in Milltown.