Rae C. Ballbach

Rae C. Ballbach, 85, of Gresham, formerly of the Town of Port Washington, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at Gables on the Pond at Random Lake.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1932, in Oconto Falls, daughter of Fred and Hazel Gardefee George. Rae grew up in Milwaukee. On Nov. 3, 1961, Rae married John M. Ballbach of Port Washington. Together they settled in the Town of Port Washington.

Primarily a homemaker raising her seven children, Rae worked by her husband’s side throughout their many ventures. Over the years, she and her husband operated a hobby farm, keeping bees, raising chickens and horses. She provided management skills, as well as working long days, both inside and outside the home. In 1989, Rae and John moved to the Shawano area full time. When John preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 2015; Rae soon after returned to the Port Washington area to be closer to her family.

Rae is survived by her children, Linda (Bruno) Primas Sr., of Port Washington, Fred (Mariann) Ballbach, of Mayville, Robin (Andy) Ballbach, of Arcadia, James Ballbach, of Saukville, John (Lorraine) Ballbach Jr., of Random Lake, George (Heather) Ballbach, of West Bend, and Jeff Ballbach, of Fredonia, 15 grandchildren, Bruno (Janet) Primas Jr., Rae Ann, William and Paul Ballbach, Ian, Victor and Alia Larsen, Erin and Dan Ballbach, Jessica (Ryan) Walvoord, Marissa (Scott) Cowling, Zachary Carr Ballbach, Jennifer and Amanda Ballbach and Devin Gerk; and numerous great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her husband John’s siblings, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 166 W. Dekora Street, Saukville. Pastor Craig Modahl will preside. Family will receive relatives and friends from 12-2 p.m. at the church.

Poole Funeral Home/Crematory, Port Washington, assisting the family. Information and condolences available at www.poolefh.com or 262-284-4431.