After a long battle with cancer, a 10-year veteran of the city of Brookfield Fire Department has died.

Marcia Rosecky died at the age of 41 Saturday after battling Myeloid leukemia for more than 7 years.

She started work with the Brookfield Fire Department in May of 1997 and was the only female firefighter in the department at the time.

Rosecky's cancer diagnosis forced her to retire in December of 2008, but even in retirement she remained connected to the department and its firefighters.

"When I got here, Marcia was already off on medical leave, but after she retired I still got to know her," Brookfield Fire Chief Charlie Myers said. "She was a phenomenal individual to get to know."

Rosecky was honored during her time at the department with a city of Brookfield Distinguished Service Award in 2005 and a Retirement Award in 2008.

"She was just a really super person and she was very, very well-liked within the department," Myers said.

Marcia and her husband David Rosecky worked alongside one another at the Brookfield Fire Department starting in September 1998 and were married on June 17, 2000.

Following her diagnosis, the couple traveled around the United States on motorhome road trips and attended Harley-Davidson rallies.

In 2010, Marcia gave birth to a son, Fletcher Thomas Rosecky.

Marcia Rosecky, the daughter of Theodore and Marita Helleckson, was born Feb. 11, 1975, in Madison and graduated from Middleton High School in 1993. She attended technical college in Madison, and earned her associate's degree as a fire protection technician in 1996.

Marcia is survived by David; Fletcher; her father, Theodore; and her siblings Joleen Breunig and Ted Jr. Helleckson; her nieces and nephews Kayla and Kyle Bruenig, Sydney, Jack and Ashley Helleckson; her mother-in-law Dorothy Rosecky; her uncles John and Tom Helleckson John Nelson, Shaun Olson; and many cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Middleton, 7450 University Ave., at 2 p.m. this Friday. Family and friends may call from 10 am. to 2 p.m. with a service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the Rosecky family will be establishing the "Firefighter/Paramedic Marcia Rosecky Memorial Fund" to benefit women who want to pursue a career in firefighting and emergency medicine.

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