Agnes M. Staples, 88, formerly of 9730 Lake Road, town of Grant, a former teacher at Roosevelt School in Plover, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at Edgewater Haven Nursing Home in Port Edwards, where she had resided the past two years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Lutheran Church in Kellner, with the Rev. Dan Bohn officiating. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Taylor Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. Monday at the church until the services.
Mrs. Staples was born Nov. 2, 1912, in Stillwater, Minn., a daughter of the late Harry and Lucena (Kauffman) Whipple.
She attended Oakdale School in the town of Lanark and graduated from Loyal High School in 1930.
After a year at Central State Teachers College in Stevens Point (now the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point), she taught at rural schools in Portage County.
Later she earned a bachelor of science degree from UW-SP and taught at Roosevelt School in Plover until her retirement in 1976.
She was married to Elmer Rickman on June 27, 1935, in Kellner. They lived on the family farm in the town of Grant. He died Aug. 16, 1964.
She was married to Robert Staples on June 12, 1976, in Kellner. They also lived in the town of Grant. He died Oct. 12, 2000.
She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Kellner, its Ladies Aid, the Kellner Senior Citizens and Portage County Homemakers. She was also a Grant 4-H Club leader and made quilts for World Relief.
Survivors include three sons, Charles (Darlene) Rickman and Ronald Rickman, both of Wisconsin Rapids, and Gerald (Patricia) Rickman, Neenah; two daughters, Judith (Lawrence) Shepard, Wisconsin Rapids, and Jane (William III) Binnebose, La Crosse; three stepdaughters, Lois Frisch, Oak Park, Ill., Deon Dallman, Virginia Beach, Va., and Alta Daven, Wisconsin Rapids; one sister, Ruth (Al) Rogers, North Dakota; 15 grandchildren. 14 stepgrandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and one great-great-stepgranddaughter.
She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Joyce; one brother, Inman Whipple; one stepson, James Staples; and one stepgrandson.