A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, at the United Methodist Church in Plainfield, with the Rev David Leistra officiating.
Visitation will be at the Leikness and Stahl Funeral Home in Plainfield from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and at the church from 10 a.m. Friday until the service.
A memorial has been established in the names of Vance and Marjorie (Johnson) Staples for a graduate of Tri-County Area High School.
Leikness & Stahl Funeral Home in Plainfield handled arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.plainfieldfuneralhome.com.
Mrs. Staples was born July 16, 1919, in the town of Leola in Adams County, a daughter of the late Vance L. and Vera C. (Wing) Johnson. She graduated from Plainfield High School in 1938.
She received a teacher’s diploma from the Central State Teachers College in Stevens Point, now the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), in 1940. In 1963, she attained a bachelor’s degree in education from UWSP.
She was married to Vance I. Staples on Dec. 25, 1943. They were married 61 years until with his death on April 5, 2005.
She worked as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse near Dellwood, Wis., at the beginning of her teaching career. She also taught in Nekoosa, Wausau, Hancock and Plainfield. She taught the majority of her career her hometown of Plainfield.
She was also active in farming activities, as well as housekeeping and gardening.
She was actively involved in Eastern Star, the Methodist Women’s Group, Retired Teacher’s Association, Monday Morning Ladies Breakfast Club, and Heart to Heart. She also continued to volunteer at school whenever her help was needed.
She loved nature and walked portions of the Tri-County School Forest and the Waushara Ice Age Trails. She sold her farmland to the state Department of Natural Resources for the “Staples Prairie Chicken Stomping Grounds.”
Survivors include one son, Glenn (Peggy), Larsen; two daughters, Cynthia (Joe) Omernik, Stevens Point, and Ellynn (Tom) Jagielo, Wisconsin Rapids; one brother, Charles (Dorothy) Johnson, Minocqua; six grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Clifton “Bud” Johnson.