Rachel Ann Ballantyne (Jensen) went home to glory on May 6 after a two-year battle with wicked esophageal cancer.
She was an amazing wife for 32 years to her husband Tad Mackay Ballantyne of Racine, Wisconsin (amazing because she’s the only women in the world who could deal with him) and an equally amazing mother to her sons Drew Mackay Ballantyne and his wife Courtney Ballantyne (Wilkens) of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and Ian Mackay Ballantyne and his fiancée Cecilia Aus Dem Bruch of Racine, Wisconsin.
Rachel attended Horlick High School and took Chinese classes at Carthage College (to get back at her husband who traveled for business to China for 30 years but never took her with). She leaves behind her father Richard G. Jensen and his wife Patti Jensen (Buchman) of Wausaukee, Wisconsin, mother Patricia A. Denman (Collins), brothers Rick S. Jensen and Wade B. Jensen, her sister Paula C. Jensen, all of Racine, Wisconsin, her step-brother Jason Buchman of McFarland, Wisconsin, her sister-in-law Susan Betts and husband Peter Betts of Waterford, Wisconsin, and brothers-in-law John Ballantyne and Tom Ballantyne, also of Racine, Wisconsin in addition to other relatives and friends.
Her family wishes to thank Dr. Ryan Engel and the following nurses at Ascension All Saints Hospital: Steph, Katrina, Pam, Miranda, Julie, Allison, Sr. Reena, Reina and Jen for their professional abilities, kindness and compassion shown to Rachel and her family during her 20 days at the hospital.
A private family memorial service was held at Wilson Funeral Home on May 16, according to Rachel’s desire. Rachel would ask that in lieu of feeling sad about her early departure, please make donations in her honor to the American Cancer Society.