Maria Weissgerber

Maria Weissgerber (nee Mueller) was born to eternal life Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, at age 88.

Maria and her husband, Hans Weissgerber Sr., were the founders and owners of the Golden Mast Inn Restaurant on Okauchee Lake where Maria greeted and welcomed generations of customers to dine and enjoy the hospitality of her inn. Many times she would delight her customers by serenading them with her lovely voice. Maria has lived through a lifetime of hard work and commitment to her family, her husband, her two sons - Jack and Hans Jr. - and all those she was able to touch on her way through life. She was an inspiration and role model of hard work to her family throughout her life.

Born in Yugoslavia, today’s Croatia, in 1919, she married Hans Sr. in 1936, and earlier this year, they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. Separated from her husband during World War II, Maria and her two sons were driven from their home in 1944 by communist revolutionaries and settled in the Black Forest area in Germany in 1946. Her husband, who was missing in the war, was finally able to rejoin his family in 1948. With hopes of finding a better life, Maria and Hans Sr., with their two sons, emigrated to the United States in 1955. From South Bend, Ind., and Milwaukee, the family finally settled in Waukesha County and acquired an old resort property on Okauchee Lake. While Hans Sr. worked in Milwaukee, Maria managed the resort and bar daily until the family completed construction and opened the original Weissgerber restaurant, the Golden Mast, in 1967. Thousands of customers and friends remember Maria Weissgerber as a woman of dignity, grace and kindness when visiting at the family restaurant.

Her family is left behind with indelible memories of their gentle star of life. Her husband, Hans H.Weissgerber Sr.; her sons, Jakob (Linda) and Hans Weissgerber Jr. (Marijo); her grandchildren, Christina Weissgerber, Ramona (Dayne) Kummer, Lisa (Tom) Marks, Hans Weissgerber III and Mark Weissgerber; and great-grandchildren, Sonia, Alyssa, Julius and Augie looked up to her with pride for we all are blessed to have shared our lives with "OMA."

Funeral arrangements and services will begin with a visitation from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today, Jan. 2, at Harder Funeral Home, 18700 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, with services immediately following. Private interment will take place at LaBelle Cemetery, Oconomowoc.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for St. Jerome’s Church Building Fund, Oconomowoc, would be appreciated.

Harder Funeral Home is serving the family. For more, call the funeral home at 781-8350 or visit www.harderfuneralhome.com.