Sheila Rosann Kokkeler, 53, 811 Ninth St., Plover, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, at Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Wausau Hospital after battling stomach cancer for more than a year.
Services will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Convent Chapel in Stevens Point, with the Rev. Mark Pierce of Roncalli Newman Parish and the Rev. Tom Lindner of Stevens Point Newman Parish officiating.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel.
Mrs. Kokkeler was born March 27, 1948, in Baker, N.D., a daughter of Rose Axtman and the late Jacob Axtman.
She attended Dickinson State University for three years and was a member of The Governor’s Players, a theatrical troupe that toured neighboring states. She was also Miss Geographical Center/Miss Rugby in 1967-68 and runner-up in the Miss North Dakota Pageant, where she was selected Miss Talent and Miss Congeniality.
She was married to Larry Kokkeler in 1968. He died in 1996.
She graduated from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas with a triple major in English, theater and communications.
She taught for several years for the Clark County School District in Nevada, receiving the title of Teacher of the Year in 1975.
After moving to Wisconsin in 1983, she worked as an educational assistant for the Stevens Point Area Public School District and was a member of the 110% Club.
Survivors include two daughters, Shannon, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and Allison, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; her mother; two brothers; and one sister.