Bernard Oeldrich

Feb. 10, 1926 - March 4, 2007

Bernard Oeldrich of Pewaukee passed away Sunday, March 4, 2007, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc.

The third child of Edward F. and Josephine (nee Behrendt) Oeldrich, he was born in Marinette and graduated from Florence High School in Florence. His parents, brother Clarence and sister Joyce predeceased him.

Bernard married Ruth Martin of Merrimac on Sept. 4, 1948. In 1955, they moved to rural Pewaukee with their three girls. Bernard was an apprentice tool and die maker at Allis-Chalmers (now Siemens), and worked there most of his career. He also was employed by Stroh Die Casting. When he retired in 1991, he was able to enjoy his basement workshop, gardening, beekeeping, reading and helping others with their home projects. He was a true do-it-yourself "fix it" guy and was curious about everything.

Bernard was a U.S. Navy veteran of World Ward II and was recalled for the Korean War. He was a member of Galilee Lutheran Church in Pewaukee, serving both God and the congregation for more than 40 years. He was an active volunteer in the community, extending a helping hand to those in need.

Barney will be deeply missed by his wife, Ruth; daughters, Kristine and Vicki of Pewaukee and Janet (Tom) Jones of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Seth (Victoria) of Dallas and Sara (Cory) of Oklahoma City; great-grandson, Mason West; sisters-in-law, Onnie, Dorothy and Carol; brother-in-law, George; nephews, Jim, Fred, Mike, Paul, Todd, Tim and Joel; niece, Marsha; plus other relatives, longtime neighbors and good friends.

Your visits, calls, cards and prayers have been greatly appreciated these past six years. The family expressed gratitude for the respect and loving care shown to "Bernie" by Dr. Todd Doenier, good friend Mike Eckert, Lois Karnuth of HealthReach Rehab, Oxygen One of Waukesha, Maureen Froemming and the staff of AngelsGrace Hospice.

Pastor Sandy Chrostowski officiated the private committal service at Pilgrimís Rest Cemetery in Pewaukee.

Memorials to the ALS Association, the Disabled American Veterans, Galilee Lutheran Church or AngelsGrace Hospice are appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4459.

"Dad, we will remember to measure thrice and cut once."