Obit: Cox, Marcia Mae (1924 - 2016)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Cox, Frei, Bush, Janke, Simonson, Snyder, Skogen

----Source: Banner Journal (Black River Falls, Jackson Co., WI) 9/21//2016

Cox, Marcia Mae (2 May 1924 – 11 September 2016)

Marcia Mae (Frei) Cox, 92, of Onalaska passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, at the Gundersen health System in La Crosse.

She was born in Alma Center May 3, 1924, to August and Merle (Bush) Janke and graduated from Neillsville High School in 1942. She married Donald Frei Sept. 12, 1942, and he preceded her in death in 1995. She then married Eric Cox in 2001 and he preceded her in death in 2010.

Marcia, along with her husband, Don, owned and operated the Dairy State Super Market in Black River Falls for ten years. After selling the business, Marcia focused on painting, a passion and natural gift she possessed for which she had no formal training. She painted landscapes and still life forms for many years and sold many of her paintings throughout the country. Marcia was very devoted to her family and was a nurturing and loving grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also a very dedicated animal lover throughout her life.

Marcia is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Gaylord) Simonson of Onalaska; her son, Donald (Sue) Frei of Lake Holcomb; five grandchildren: Randy (Julie) Simonson of Trempealeau, Robert (Ann) Simonson of Altoona, Lori (John) Snyder of Onalaska, Benjamin Frei of Eau Claire and Jonathan (Colleen) Frei, Middletown, CT; and six great-grandchildren: Andrew (Rachel) Simonson, Aaron Simonson, Adalyn Simonson, Hannah Snyder, Alyvia Snyder and Sarah Snyder.

In addition to her husbands, Marcia was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Wava Victoria Janke; and a brother, Gerald Janke.

A Memorial Service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services, 907 Sand Lake Rd., Onalaska. Rev. Scott Skogen officiated. Burial took place in the East Lawn Cemetery. Family and friends called from 1 p.m. until the time of service Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to your local animal shelter or humane society in Marcia’s memory.

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