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Pamela Guenther

Oct 06, 1943 - Nov 22, 2023

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West Bend, WI

Pamela M. Guenther(nee Scholz)Passed peacefully on November 22, 2023, at her home, with family members at her side. She was born in Milwaukee, WI, the daughter of the late Louis and Pearlinda (nee Merten) Scholz. Pamela graduated from Divine Savior Holy Angels in 1962, and later married the love of her life, Robert Guenther on April 24, 1965. She retired from West Bend Company after 30 plus years. Pamela enjoyed cooking, playing cards, knitting and most of all spending time with her family.P...Read More

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John Carl Pedersen

Sep 07, 1946 - Feb 17, 2024

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West Bend, WI

John Carl Pedersen, age 77, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at his home in West Bend. John was born on September 7, 1946 in Milwaukee to Lester and Marguerite (nee Kroening) Pedersen.  John enjoyed spending time with family. The most important things in his life were his love for his faith, family and country. He had a love of reading, attending Bible study, watching movies and telling bigfoot stories Up North around the campfire. He was active with the AmVets group 726, which has since disbanded. John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Charlene (nee Halter); son Steven (Colleen) Pedersen; daughter Kristin (David) Maas; grandchildren Joshua, Jamie, Noah, Mya, Aaron, Jonah, Aliyah, Elijah; siblings, Tom Pedersen and Harriet Pedersen; siblings-in-law, Larry (Pamela) Halter, Shari (Tyler Larson) Halter; He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. John is preceded in death by his parents. A Memorial Service will be at 12:00PM on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Good Shepherd Ev. Lutheran Church (777 S. Indiana Ave. West Bend, WI 53095) with Pastor Robert Hein and Pastor Paul Janke presiding, followed by Military Honors. Visitation will be at church on Saturday, February 24th from 10:00AM to 11:45AM.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Good Shepherd.  

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Frederick Theodore "Sonny" Ruhnke

Oct 21, 1934 - Feb 15, 2024

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West Bend, WI

Frederick Theodore “Sonny” Ruhnke, age 89, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at the Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Facility in West Bend.   He was born on October 21, 1934 to Frederick and Elizabeth (nee Haug) Ruhnke. The things he loved to do was watch his movies, old TV shows and especially spend time with his family. Sonny is survived by his 5 children, Annette (John) Szep, John (Debbie) Ruhnke, James (Julie) Ruhnke, Connie (Robert) Ruhnke, Mary (Paul) Polter; grandkids, Frank (Ann) Rudzitis, Sherry (Cean) Ryan, Angie (Nic) Loehe, Patrick Ruhnke, Dan (Crystal) Ruhnke, Mark (Amanda) Reason, Joe (Casey) Ruhnke, Matt Reason, Melinda (Matt) Feucht, C J Reason; great-grandkids, Dylan, Savanna, Austin, Jesse, Lorelai, McKayla, Bentley, Gavin, Peyton, Corey, Payton, Kelsey, Caleb, Liliana, Aiden, Morgan, Isabella, Hope, Kemper and Jema.  He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Sonny is preceded in death by his wife Shirley, his parents, brother Doug Ruhnke and granddaughter Melissa Ruhnke. A Memorial Service will be at 11:00AM on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W Paradise Dr. West Bend, WI 53095) with Deacon Sherie Kruse presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 28th from 10:00AM until 10:45AM.    

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Jill A. Rhoads

Jun 14, 1964 - Feb 13, 2024

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West Bend, WI

Jill A. Rhoads (nee Harter), 59, of West Bend, found peace after a brief battle with cancer on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. She was born on June 14, 1964, the daughter of Joseph and Janice (nee Kumrow) Harter in West Bend, WI. Jill went to grade school at Holy Angels and graduated from West Bend East High School. On January 8, 1983, she was united in marriage to Paul Rhoads in Kewaskum. She started waitressing and moved on to cooking for many years in the Kewaskum school system, where she loved the kids she served. Jill was a member of the West Bend Moose Lodge. She enjoyed traveling and loved to organize rummage sales. Jill was an amazing person who was always kind and generous. She not only took care of her loved ones, but also helped others in need. She would donate clothes, shoes, and anything else that could make a difference in someone's life. Family meant everything to Jill. She loved spending time with her family, including her grandpups and outdoor kitties. She enjoyed gardening and canning and creating a beautiful space to share with her loved ones. Jill was famous for her baking skills and loved making food for her children and grandchildren, always making sure they were well-fed and loved. Jill had a special talent for picking out gifts. She always knew exactly what someone needed or wanted. She loved seeing the joy on people’s faces when they received her thoughtful gifts. Giving was Jill’s passion. She enjoyed donating to the community and giving gifts to her family just to see them happy. Jills kindness, love for family, talent for gift-giving, passion for giving back, and contributions to Delightful Desserts will always be remembered. She had a lasting impact on the lives of those she touched and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her. Those Jill leaves behind to cherish her memory include her husband, Paul Rhoads; three sons, Justin Rhoads, David (fiancée Kayla) Rhoads, and Scott (Danielle) Rhoads; five grandchildren, Jaydon, Jayce, Brantly, Brystol, Hudson, and special Isabelle; three brothers, Joel Harter, Jason (Kristin) Harter, and Josh Harter; her mother, Janice Harter; mother-in-law, Babette Rhoads; three aunts, Joanne (Dennis) Rank, Mary Kumrow, and Mary Bies; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Jill is preceded in death by her father, Joseph Harter; maternal grandparents, Arnold and Fern Kumrow; paternal grandparents, Aloysius and Bertha Harter; uncle, David Kumrow; and two aunts, Judy Tomko and Barbara (Charles) Stehlik. VISITATION: Jill’s family will greet relatives and friends on Thursday, February 29, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. at Peace United Church of Christ, 343 First St., Kewaskum. Please wear purple in memory of Jill. SERVICE: A memorial service will follow the visitation at the church at 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association are appreciated. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Kathy Hospice for all their help and care, as well as all her coworkers. Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service has been entrusted with Jill’s arrangements. Additional information and Tribute Wall may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.

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Leah Marcell Reed

Dec 04, 1976 - Feb 11, 2024

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West Bend, WI

Leah Marcell Reed (nee Christian) Passed at her home with family by her side on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at the age of 47. She was born in Laurel, MS. Leah was a Northeast Jones High School student, class of 1995, and received her master’s degree at William Carey University, class of 2003. She married Jeffrey P. Reed on August 2, 2008, in Tybee Island, GA. Leah was preceded in death by her first husband Brian Freeman, who was killed in the line of duty on November 7, 2005. Leah was a member of the Gold Star Wives of America and a Mt. Vernon Methodist Church in Laurel MS. Most of all she was a soccer mom, Boy Scouts of America mom and loving and devoted mom to son Hawk, who meant the world to her. Spending time with family and friends was second best. Leah was an active volunteer as area director for Connecticut and Massachusetts The DoeNetWork. Leah is survived by her husband Jeff P. Reed of 15 years; their son Hawk Reed; parents Ronald and Linda Christian; brother Chad Christian; sisters-in-law Anna Katherine Pickett Christian, and Lisa Freeman Nichols; nieces Abbi Christian, Abbie Grace Christian; nephews Gabe Wheat-Christian, Spencer Christian, and her pet Radar. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents M.L. “Jimmy” and Faye McBride Jimison; paternal grandparents William H. “Bill” and Blache Myrick Christian; aunt Candy Brewer, and uncles Larry Brewer, and Wendell McCraw. A private burial will take place in West Bend, WI. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 11:00AM at Mount Vernon Methodist Church in Laurel, MS. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Leah’s name to Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express, would be appreciated. The family would like to thank all her family and friends for the care and support they gave to Leah, Jeff, and Hawk during this past year. The Phillip Funeral Home is serving the family, 262-338-2050 / phillipfuneralhome.com  

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William R. Bremser

Aug 30, 1950 - Feb 08, 2024

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West Bend, WI

William R. “Bill” Bremser passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at Froedtert West Bend Hospital. He was 73 years old.   Born on August 30, 1950, in West Bend, Bill was the cherished son of the late Lloyd and Dorothea (nee Brodzeller) Bremser. On September 5, 1971, he embarked on a lifelong journey of love and companionship with his devoted wife, Carol Degner, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Bend.   Bill dedicated himself to a career in the grocery retail industry, beginning as a skilled meat cutter at Red Owl in West Bend. Through hard work, he advanced to the role of meat merchandiser for Roundy’s, traveling throughout Wisconsin.   Beyond his professional pursuits, Bill was an avid reader, he eagerly consumed the daily newspaper, staying informed on current events and world affairs. Traveling held a special place in his heart, and he cherished every moment exploring new destinations alongside his beloved wife and family, with memorable adventures in Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Alaska. Bill also had a soft spot in his heart for family pets and a weakness for Mounds Candy Bars.   Bill will forever be remembered with love and admiration by his loyal wife of 52 years, Carol; his two children, Becky Bremser and her partner Alex Size of Oakland, California, and Matt Bremser and his wife Erin of Sheboygan; his grandchildren, Liam and Chloe Bremser; his brother-in-law, David Degner, and his wife Luci of West Bend; nieces, Beth Degner and her husband Dan Schulz of Boulder, Colorado, and Jenna Clifford and her husband Danny of Cedarburg; and great-nephew and niece, Nico and Austen Clifford, along with numerous other relatives and friends.   Family and friends are invited to celebrate Bill's life at a gathering on Friday, February 23, 2024, from 3:30 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. at Myrhum – Patten Funeral & Cremation Service, 1315 W. Washington Street, in West Bend. A funeral service will follow at 5:30 p.m. Burial, attended by immediate family, will take place on Saturday, February 24th, at 10:00 a.m. at Washington County Memorial Park in West Bend.   In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial contributions be made to the Washington County Humane Society, a cause that was dear to Bill.   The Myrhum – Patten Funeral & Cremation Service has been entrusted with Bill’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.

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Evelyn H. Gruendemann

Jan 18, 1931 - Feb 08, 2024

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West Bend, WI

Evelyn H.  “Evy” Gruendemann passed away Thursday, February 8, 2024, at Ivy Manor in West Bend at age of 93.   The former Evelyn H. Kiesow was born January 18, 1931, in the Town of Liberty, daughter of the late Herbert and Flora (Bratz) Kiesow.   She grew up on the family farm, attended Town of Liberty schools, and was confirmed into the Lutheran Faith on April 28, 1944.  On February 16, 1963, Evelyn was united in marriage to William F. Gruendemann at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Manitowoc, he preceded her in death on August 2, 1994.   Prior to her marriage Evy worked at Mirro Aluminum Company and the Manitowoc Herald Times.  Evy was a stay-at-home mom while her girls were young and later worked at the West Bend Hotel, retiring in 1991.  She was a member of St. Lucas Ev. Lutheran Church in Kewaskum and later a member of Good Shepherd Ev. Lutheran Church in West Bend.  Evy was a talented seamstress, sewing her own wedding dress.  She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, making many stocking caps, baby blankets, & afghans that her family will continue to cherish.   Our mom was beautiful, sweet, kind, and generous and we will miss her dearly.   Survivors include her two daughters:  Gail (Scott) DalleAve of Wild Rose, Gwen of West Bend, grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.  Evy was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister, Maryann Kiesow, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Henry (Helen) Kiesow, Walter (Gloria) Kiesow, three brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Carl (Evelyn) Gruendemann, Paul (Joyce) Gruendemann, and Lois (Hubert) Edwards.    The girls would like to thank their cousins, Margie and Ronald Hacker for the love and special attention to mom over the years.    Thank you to the caretakers and staff at Ivy Manor for the care given to our mom over the last 4 years and to Preceptor Hospice for their loving care and support over the last months of our mom’s life.     The family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 777 Indiana Avenue, in West Bend from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10:30 a.m.  Pastor Peter Schlicht will officiate with burial to follow at Lutheran Memorial Park Cemetery in Kewaskum.  Luncheon to follow.   The Myrhum – Patten Funeral & Cremation Service has been entrusted with Evy’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.

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Charlotte M. Nowak

Dec 22, 1964 - Feb 06, 2024

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West Bend, WI

Charlotte M. Nowak “Tina” Diagnosed with Stage IV Glioblastoma Multiforme Brain Cancer in May 2023, Tina passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on February 6, 2024, at the age of 59. She was born in Richfield, WI on December 22nd, 1964, to the late James and Dorothy (nee Jeranek) Zimpelman. Tina graduated from Hartford High School in 1984 and married the love of her life, Edward “Ed” Nowak, on June 16, 1990, at United Methodist Church in Richfield, WI. She worked as a waitress and hostess at the Wallace Lake Supper Club, Hankerson’s Bakery, Sausage Plus, and in food service for the West Bend School District.             Tina loved riding with Ed on their motorcycle and participating in various motorcycle benefits and fundraisers. Tina also greatly enjoyed baking, walking her beloved dog Oliver, gardening, camping at Timber Trails Campground, exploring the state's many wineries, and spending time in Door County with her family and friends.  When her children were younger, Tina adored participating in countless school functions, activities, field trips, and wherever else she was needed for the West Bend School District. Tina is survived by her husband of 34 years, Edward Nowak; children Joshua Nowak (27) and Natasha Nowak (24), and her beloved dog Oliver; siblings– Brian (Karen) Zimpelman, Allen (Evelyn) Zimpelman, and Eve (Scott) Teschendorf other family—Helen (Jim) Lesniak, Alex Nowak, Henry Nowak, Marcy (Todd) Loessin, Jim Nowak, Angie Gruling, Don Nowak, Ron Nowak, Mary Nowak. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, from 11:00AM until 12:45PM, with a 1:00PM Memorial Service at the Phillip Funeral Home, 1420 W. Paradise Dr. West Bend. Following the service there will be food in the banquet hall on the premises. The burial will be private at a later date.  The family would like to thank Froedtert Medical Hospital and their Neurology team for their efforts, The Help Center in West Bend for the rental of equipment we needed, and Horizon Hospice for allowing her to remain in her home for the remainder of her life. The Phillip Funeral Home is serving the family, 262-338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com  

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Barbara Jean Black

May 08, 1961 - Feb 03, 2024

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West Bend, WI

Barbara Jean Black Passed away peacefully on February 3rd, 2024, at the age of 62. Barbara is proceeded in death by her father Kent Black. She is Survived by her mother Jean, Sisters Kelly (Jeff), Lori (Steve) and Nephews Erik (Lara), Brian, Sam, Jake and great Niece Liz. Barbara was full of life. She loved to laugh. She loved cats, games, movies and music. She also competed in several different sports in the Special Olympics. Barbara will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Special Olympics of Wisconsin are greatly appreciated. Visitation on Friday February 16 at 5:30pm followed by a Memorial Service at 6pm. St. John's Lutheran Church 809 S. 6th Ave. West Bend, WI 53095. To to the family or in memory of Barbara J. Black, please

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Lawrence H. Wetzel, Jr.

Mar 31, 1937 - Feb 01, 2024

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West Bend, WI

Lawrence H. Wetzel, Jr., passed away in his sleep on Thursday, February 1, 2024, in the care of Samaritan Health Center and Allay Hospice staff, as a result of declining health due to Alzheimer’s disease. Lawrence, known as "Larry" or "Sonny" to family and friends, was born in March 31, 1937 to the late Sophie H. and Lawrence H. Wetzel, Sr. in Milwaukee WI, the oldest of three children.   In 1958, shortly after being honorably discharged from the Army, he met and fell in love with Rosemary Jean (nee Reinhard), and on November 22, 1958 they were united in marriage. They made their home in Milwaukee for a time, eventually moving to West Bend in 1973 where they brought up their family and remain to this day. The family were long time parishioners of Holy Angels, where all four children graduated grade school. The tradition would continue with their youngest grandson, Christopher, also graduating from there this past spring. His memory is held in the hearts of his daughter Denise (Neal) Stoffel of Campbellsport, and sons Michael (Julie) of Winneconne, and Scott (Linda) of West Bend. His legacy continues in eight wonderful people and their spouses who called him Grandpa and eleven amazing young people who knew him as Grandpa Great.  He was so proud of all of them and often said so.  Preceding him on this journey was his beloved wife of 64 years, Rosie, who passed away in October of 2023 and his youngest son, Christopher “Chris” in July of 2022. Additionally, he survived by his sister Margaret “Peggy” and husband Jeff Lindsay of Sun City, AZ and sister-in law Mary Lee Wetzel (wife of brother Richard, deceased) of Shelby Township, MI; and on the Reinhard side, two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Cooper of Wausau, WI and June Reinhard of Medford, MA as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He leaves behind many good friends, who will recall the Saturday afternoons sitting around the kitchen table visiting, trips up north, or evenings out with fond memories.  The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for and supported both Dad and Mom during the last few years as their health began to decline. A celebration of life is in planning, details will be posted when available.

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Margaret Holle

Apr 26, 1948 - Jan 16, 2024

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West Bend, WI

Margaret Holle, also lovingly known as “Margie”, went to be with her husband Jay in eternal life on January 16, 2024 at the age of 75. Born in Green Bay on April 26, 1948, Margaret was one of three daughters of the late Lee and Evelyn (nee Greenwood) Winter. She attended grade school starting in a one-room school near Gillett, Wisconsin where she grew up. She then went to Gillett High School, and completed her education with Minneapolis Business College and MIT for Commercial Art in Milwaukee. In her professional endeavors, she worked with Folger’s Coffee Company, Crocker Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco and Travelers Insurance in San Rafael, California doing telecommunications, computer, and finance. She met Jay Holle, and they wed on September 29, 1973 in San Francisco. Jay passed away on October 17, 2022. Together, Margaret and Jay lived for many years in Woodacre, California.  Upon their retirement, they enjoyed living in many places, such as Utah, Arizona, and Michigan, before coming to West Bend at Cedar Ridge where they called home. Margaret was strong in her faith; she worked as a deacon for her church, and enjoyed attending bible studies at Hope Reformed Church. Later in life, Margaret and Jay were members of Community Church in West Bend. She also enjoyed photography, and capturing the beauty of the world to share with others. She leaves behind her sisters, Janice (the late Charles “Tip”) Yager and Joy (Ray) Lester; nephews and niece, Paul Yager, Kristine Yager Sellers and Jason Lester who reside in Northern California as well as a number of friends and relatives. VISITATION: Margaret’s family will greet relatives and friends on what would be Margaret’s 76th birthday, Friday, April 26, 2024 at Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service (1315 W. Washington Street, West Bend). The visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. SERVICE: A memorial service will follow the visitation at the funeral home at 12:00 p.m. with a luncheon to follow. Margaret’s cremated remains will be placed with her husband in Cedar Community Memorial Garden. Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service has been entrusted with Margaret’s arrangements. Additional information and Tribute Wall may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.

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