Ramona Raeshler grew up in Rock Elm, Wisconsin. She is the second oldest in a family of eight children. She attended a two-room schoolhouse from first to eighth grade in Rock Elm and high school in Elmwood, Wisconsin. Throughout high school and during the summers, Ramona worked as a guide at Crystal Cave in Spring Valley, Wisconsin.
She knew she wanted to go into teaching when she was in high school. One of the teachers at her school needed assistance with her third-grade class. She would read to the students and fell in love with how loving and kind the children were. While at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, she worked for photographer Gene Brown for two years.
Ramona married her fiancé shortly after he returned home from Korea. Her husband had the GI Bill to obtain his college degree. While he was earning his degree, Ramona took a break from school. During that time, they had two sons. She returned to college to obtain her master’s degree after their sons were in school.
After Ramona graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1971, she was offered a teaching job as a second-grade teacher, where she taught for thirty years.
Being a lifelong learner, Ramona decided to go back to school at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She started out taking a history course. She then went on to take criminology courses. Ramona’s husband died of cancer in 2008. Taking classes and being with her professors and classmates helped her deal with her great loss.
In 2019 she received the Faculty Recognition Award for the Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology Department at UWRF. Ramona holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Education and School Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.