Rebecca D. Summers, age 98, of Plymouth, Wis., passed away early Sunday morning, Sept. 8, 2013 at her home.

She was born Feb. 14, 1915 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Dr. Robert B. and Myrtle (Hendrik) Cofield.

She graduated from Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati in 1932 and then attended Hood College in Frederick, Md., and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in applied arts in 1936.

After college, she collaborated with her sister Carolyn in the design and production of custom-made dresses and gowns.

Rebecca married Crosby H. Summers on June 19, 1937 in Cincinnati. The couple resided in Janesville, Wis., where she taught part-time in the Vocations School. After the death of her husband on Dec. 17, 1969, she moved to Plymouth where she founded and operated Country Crafts Barn near Plymouth for 37 years, retiring in 2011.

She had a lifelong interest in arts and crafts and was an accomplished dress designer, ceramic artist, and gardener. In recent years she became an avid reader as well as active volunteer at the Plymouth Arts Foundation, receiving its Volunteer of the Year Award in 2005.

Survivors include two sons, Professor William C. Summers (Wilma) of New Haven, Conn., and James C. Summers (Debra) of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three grandchildren: Edmund R. “Todd” Knauf III (Sabra) of Denver, Colo.; Susan K. Brennan (Donald) of Denver, Colo., and Emily A. Summers of Oakland, Calif.; and four great-grandchildren: Sophia and Trevor Knauf and Jackson and Grace Brennan, all of Denver, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rebecca Ann Knauf of Sheboygan, Wis.; two sisters, Mary Thompson Tiemeier and Carolyn Hedstrom and one brother, Dr. Robert H. Cofield.

There will be a memorial gathering at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 12, from 1-2 p.m. There will be a time to share memories and stories at the Suchon Funeral Home at 2 p.m. and all friends and family are invited for food and fellowship at her residence on Shady Lane following the gathering. Cremation has taken place.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Rebecca’s name for the Plymouth Food Pantry.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving her family. For online condolences, please visit

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