A former police officer known as being tough but fair. Marcie Repta made an impression in the Watertown community as the first woman police officer in the Watertown Police Department and for the service she did on and off the job.
Repta died unexpectedly on Thursday at the age of 56. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Repta has done community service throughout the area and was willing to help anyone.
"She's going to be sorely missed, not just by me, but by tons of people," said Kathryn Lukenbach, Repta's wife and partner of 39 years.
Lukenbach said Repta was a straight shooter and was incredibly generous.
"She was tough, but she was right in what she was talking about," said Officer Stacy Schroeder, a friend of Repta from the police department.
Repta joined the department in 1986 and retired in 2012. The Daily Times reported back in 2012 that she was hired by former police Chief Richard Reynolds.
"During her career with the department she worked each of the three shifts and served as a field training officer, major crash investigator and bicycle safety instructor."
"She loved the job," Lukenbach said, adding she got along with everyone at the department. "She loved doing what she did and taking care of the community."
Lukenbach said Repta was the only female officer in the department for 17 years.
"She really was a role model for everyone and for women in policing as well," Schroeder said.
Schroeder said she was there to guide other women officers who came to the department.
"We were lucky to have her there first because she was a no-nonsense kind of person and she held her own no matter what ...," she said, adding she believed it made it easier for other women to come in.
For most of her career, she helped supervise Lincoln Elementary School in the morning and afternoon as students arrived and left for the day.
Repta was surprised by students and staff with a retirement ceremony in 2012.
"She was absolutely loved at Lincoln School," Schroeder said.
The Daily Times reported that she began a bicycle safety program at Webster School around 1996.
She was past president of the Wisconsin Association of Women Police and a member of the Watertown Elks, according to her obituary.
In the past, Repta served as a board member of the Watertown Humane Society. She also helped raise puppies for Custom Canine Service Dog Academy, a nonprofit organization that raises, trains and places service dogs with individuals with disabilities.
Repta and Lukenbach owned two Labradors together.
Repta was a busy person, even after retirement. She worked for Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home & Cremation Service, mowed the fairways at Deertrack Golf Course and did various jobs at Rhodee's Floral and Greenhouses.
"She would volunteer for everything," said Schroeder. "She was doing things constantly. I think she was busier in retirement than she was working for the (police department)."
She loved playing golf, gardening and cooking. She also enjoyed going to her and her wife's property in the Adam-Friendship area.
"That was her baby, she loved going there," Lukenbach said.
Schroeder lives close to Repta's home. She said she and her children would go visit "Ms. Marcie" to hang out.
"She was great," Schroeder said. "She was just the best friend you could ask for."