Romuald “Romie” Matthias Theisen

Romuald “Romie” Matthias Theisen

Romuald “Romie” Matthias Theisen

Romuald “Romie” Matthias Theisen

Romuald “Romie” Matthias Theisen

Romuald “Romie” Matthias Theisen, age 86, of rural Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, passed away of natural causes on Sunday, April 30, 2023 at Villa Pines Living Center.

Romie was born March 31, 1937 in Lannon, Waukesha County, Wisconsin to Matthias and Anna (Eisenschenk) Theisen. The family moved to Springville, Adams County, in 1950. Romie attended the one-room Townline School and then graduated from Adams-Friendship High School in the Class of 1956, lettering in football. He married Shirley Holmquist in August 1957 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Adams. Romie worked in his dad’s cabinet shop, served in the US Army, and then returned to work with his dad and brothers at Theisen’s Lumber for 13 years before he started his own flooring business. Romie installed floors in a wide area until Parkinson’s Disease prevented him from continuing this work. His other business, Alley Oop Sports, was a widely-recognized sports trading card dealer from 1989 until 2019, doing mail order and weekend shows throughout the Midwest.

Romie enjoyed many years of hunting out west, fishing in Wisconsin and Canada, bowling, golfing, and playing cards. He spent many hours following children’s activities, including sports and music.

He was a member of the A-F School Board for 6 years and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1976. Romie spent 8 years in the U.S. Army Active Reserves. He was a member of A-F Lions for 40 years, holding various offices including president. In 1965, he was a founding member of Moundview Golf Course and spent three years on the board of directors. He served 6 years on Adams County Memorial Hospital Board, including one year as president, 6 years on the Adams County Planning and Zoning Committee, 6 years on the Adams County Development Corporation, and was a DNR Fire Warden for 45 years.

Romie is survived by his wife, Shirley (Holmquist) Theisen of Wisconsin Dells, WI; five children: Terri of Atlanta, GA; Michael of Phoenix, AZ; Joe (Stacy) of Cottage Grove, WI; Suzanne (Dave) Gentleman of Tulsa, OK; and Kathleen of Danbury, CT; grandsons: Matt of Atlanta, GA and Shane (Nikki) of Cottage Grove, WI; great-grandson, Kayson; great-granddaughter, Rylee Jo; brothers: Mark of Montello, WI and Carroll (Nancy) of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; nieces and nephews: Sonya (Nicholas) Holmquist-Pappas of Edmund, OK; Sharon (Joseph) Lobenstein of Carlton, OR; Janet (Frank) Meoni of Henderson, NV; Randy (Dawn) Theisen; David Theisen; Paul (Vicki) Theisen; Dana (Charlie) Johnson; Neil (Kandy) Theisen; Jack – Phoenix, AZ; Jody (John) Kort; Jason (Barb) Theisen; Joel (Ann) Theisen; Greg Theisen (RoseMary); and Melissa Theisen. He is further survived by grandnieces and grandnephew, other relatives, and friends.

Romie was preceded in death by his grandparents and father and mother, all his aunts and uncles, brothers: Alcuin Theisen; Herbert Theisen, and an infant brother, Baby Theisen; niece, Jamie Theisen Schiesl; brothers-in-law: Eric Holmquist and Alfred Heitman; sisters-in-law: Ruth Heitman, Jeanette Holmquist, Lois Theisen, Kay Hammond Theisen, and Kay Babcock Theisen.

The family would like to thank the incredible staff of Villa Pines and SMM Health Hospice for their exceptional care. The family has requested no flowers please. Donations may be made to the family for a memorial at a later date, or directed to A-F Area Educational Foundation, Inc. , PO Box 204, Friendship, WI 53934 in memory of Romie Theisen.

A Celebration of Life is planned for July 8th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Mound View Golf Course, Friendship.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit to offer online condolences.

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  1. Vicki Sullivan Danklefsen says:

    My condolences and prayers to the Theisen Family. I am so sorry to hear this. May your happy family memories bring you comfort and peace.

  2. Donna & Wayne Pingel says:

    Our sympathy to Shirley, Joe and the Theisen family.

  3. Gordie Whitemarsh says:

    Very sorry to see that your Dad passed away, Romie was a great guy, one of those Adams County Greats!
    Sincere condolences to his family.

  4. Denise Andrews (Wood) says:

    My sincere condolences to Romies family from the Wood family. My dad Billl Wood spoke very kindly of Romie. He was a dedicated Fire Warden. My God give you peace in you time of grief

  5. Peg Lecy says:

    My sympathy to the Theisen family

  6. Michael Hartman says:

    Heaven is his next stop.
    We shall see the good man again
    God bless his wonderful family

  7. Julie and Bob Goodhue says:

    Our sympathy to the Theisen family at this sad time. May your memories of good times spent together with Romie sustain you in the days ahead.

  8. Rick H. Falk says:

    My sympathies to the Theisen family. Romie was a good man with a heart of gold. May he rest in peace.

  9. Cindy (Barton) Frost says:

    I will always remember my Godfather as an energetic man with an infectious smile. He truly fought the good fight, and has finished the race. ♡
    May the angels lead Romie into paradise with our Lord. And may the peace of God, which is beyond all human understanding, envelop his family and friends, to bring them comfort.♡

  10. Barb (Larson) and Chuck Dehmlow says:

    Sympathy to the Theisen family during this difficult time.

  11. Eisbrenner Family says:

    Our sincere condolences to everyone that was a part of Romie’s life. He touched so many lives and will be thought of often. Something we have personally found to be of great comfort are the thoughts expressed in the Bible at John 5:28 “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus) voice and come out “. May God Jehovah comfort you during this sad time in your life.

  12. Russell O. Nelson says:

    His time has come and end and we will all redoin later in Heaven. Shirley for your loss of a great husband and person.

  13. Sue and Randy Anderson says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Romie’s family.

  14. Peggy Sleeman says:

    My sincere sympathy to Shirley and all of Romie’s family.

  15. Charlene Robb says:

    Shirley and family,

    You are in my prayers. May God comfort all of you during this difficult time. Romie and you have always been dear friends even though we don’t live close.

  16. Sue Polivka says:

    My sincere sympathy goes out to Shirley and to all of Romies family. May God’s love and that of family and friends bring you comfort during this time of loss.

  17. Jacqueline Marti says:

    The Marti Family is so very sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers to all Theisen family.

  18. Karen Heitman and Ron Jordi says:

    Sincere sympathy on the loss to your family.

  19. Ross & Mary Moore says:

    Sending our sincerest condolences and prayers to the Theisen Family.

  20. Debbi (Jencks) Segina says:

    I am sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts.

  21. Doug and Jean Hammond says:

    You are all in our thoughts.

  22. kathy williams says:

    Shirley & Family………..My Deepest Sympathy for the passing of your dear Romie. I know how difficult these past years have been. I remember going out to The Pines to watch my Dad bowl & Romie was bowling too,, he was always joking about something. My thoughts are with all of you & may God Bless you during this sad time.

  23. Pat Pietrzak says:

    My sympathy to Romie’s family.

  24. Nancy Pedersen says:

    Shirley, we are keeping you in our thoughts and Prayers. May Rommie RIP

  25. Frederick F Toth says:

    My condolences and prayers to the family

  26. Jason and Cathy Hammond says:

    Our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all.

  27. Mark Hartman says:

    Sorry for your loss to Shirley and family, Had lot’s of good times with Romie. I’m so glad he does not have to suffer anymore.

  28. Sherry Rohr says:

    So sorry for your loss, your family is in my prayers

  29. Sue Moran says:

    Our sincerest condolences to all. May God bring comfort & peace during this difficult time.

  30. Robert Schiefer says:

    Sorry very sorry for your family’s loss. Prayers and thoughts.

  31. Richard & Rita Zietlow says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Theisen Family.

  32. Cindy Babcock says:

    My condolences to the family Thoughts and prayers with the family.

  33. Dennis Schad says:

    Our thought and prayers to Shirley and family.
    Dennis & Mary Schad

  34. Patricia Gervais and Family says:

    Shirley and Family
    We are so, so sorry to hear that Romie
    has passed. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you and your entire family. May God wrap his arms around all of you…and bring you peace and comfort. Hugs…

  35. Valerie Mecklenburg says:

    Heartbreaking for your family, friends & all who knew him, Hugs to you all.

  36. Barb & Marv Bennett says:

    Sincere sympathy to the family.

  37. Michael T Clark says:

    So sorry for your families loss…….

  38. Sue Roeder says:

    Sorry for your loss

  39. Fred Renner says:

    You all have our families deepest sympathy. Fred, Debbie, Hunter, and Ryan

  40. Joseph/Sharon Lobenstein says:

    Parkinson disease is a truly nasty thief…robbing one of life in body and spirit. RIP Uncle Romie…. your long valiant struggle is finished. Hugs to Aunt Shirley ….. as this disease envelopes the whole family.

  41. Jodi Lecy Helgeson and Jim Grabarski says:

    Our sympathy to the Theisen family.

  42. Barb Fahey says:

    My Deepest Sympathy goes out to Shirley and the Family, may Romie Rest in Peace, now without pain!