Ginger Wegmann

Ginger, Sandy’s brother Mike’s wife, passed away last Sunday, after a long struggle with cancer. She will be greatly missed. Here is her obituary from the Bruch Funeral Home site: Virginia A. “Ginger” Wegmann, 54, of Kenosha, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family Sunday, February 21, 2010 at Washington Manor. She was born on August 31, 1955 to James and Margie (Kegley) Hamilton in Zion, IL. She graduated high school from the Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped in Janesville.

She then received her associate degree in Human Services from Gateway Technical School. Ginger married Michael Wegmann on August 2, 1986 in Kenosha. Ginger was an active member of CrossWay Community Church. Her dedication and love for the church touched many lives and was returned just as strong, particularly during her bouts with cancer. She also helped her dear friend Annie take care of her handicapped daughter through Society’s Assets. Ginger was an avid doll collector, with Princess Diana and Shirley Temple being her favorites. She enjoyed camping, PartyLite candles and collectibles, bowling on her Wii system. She also loved Tinkerbell, which she got to meet on a special trip to Disney World, where Ginger got to enjoy the experience through the eyes of her very dear neice Britney.

Ginger is survived by many loving relatives, including her husband Mike of Kenosha; her children, Timm Sinnen of Cudahy and Tiana Honey of Elkhorn; her father James Hamilton of Rockford, IL; her sisters Deb (Bob) McDermott of Pleasant Prairie, Sue (Tom) Rasmussen of Rockford, IL and Mela Hamilton of Kenosha; her brother Kelly Hamilton of Germany; her stepson Scott M. Wegmann of Norfolk, VA; and her father-in-law George Wegmann, brother-in-law Rick Wegmann, and sister-in-law Sandra (Jimmy) Trottier, all of Kenosha. She is also survived by her niece Britney Gates, with whom she helped raise and felt a mother-like bond; Maryann Engelhart of Union Grove, and her mother Isabelle Johnson, whom Ginger considered a second mother; Linda Brocksom of Kenosha; Terrie Gilliland of Kenosha; and many nieces, nephews, and close friends. She was preceded in death by her mother Margie, her brother Frank, and her brother-in-law Dennis Wegmann.

A celebration of Ginger’s life will be held on Saturday, February 27th at 3:00 p.m. at CrossWay Community Church (13905 ““ 75th St.). Visitation will also be at CrossWay prior to the service, starting at 1:30p.m. Memorials would be appreciated to the American Cancer Society, CrossWay Community Church, or to the Wisconsin Council for the Blind. The family would like to thank the staff at Washington Manor, Hospice Alliance, Dr. Jeffrey Trimark, and CrossWay Community Church for the loving care given to Ginger. Bruch Funeral Home 3503 Roosevelt Road Kenosha, WI 53142 262-652-8298 Visit and sign Ginger’s Online Memorial Book at

Snow Sculpting 2010

We went to the US Nationals Snow Sculpting Championships this weekend! The competition was all this week and the judging was yesterday. Today was viewing day, so we went today to check them out. There were several great ones this year, and it looked like only one of them collapsed this time. Click on the thumbnail image to view the photo set. As usual, there are several photos of each sculpture along with their original drawings and the team signs. I missed the actual names for a couple of the best sculptures though, so I did my best to name them appropriately. There’s also a few photos of Kevin and Ty who accompanied me. We listened to the audiobook “Daemon” by Daniel Suarez on the trip there and back. I got Ty hooked on it–now he wants to listen to the whole thing. It sure made the drive go by quick–as usual!