Bernice J. ‘Bea’ Kohnke

June 15, 1926 - May 19, 2009

Bernice J. "Bea" Kohnke, a lifelong resident of Waukesha, died Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at age 82. Bea was born June 15, 1926, the daughter of Henry and Doris Hoover.

She was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. She was an assembler at Wisconsin Centrifugal from 1963 until 1980.

Bea will be sadly missed by her daughters, Sandra Zastrow of Waukesha and Cheri Barth of Milwaukee; sons, Edward (Karen) of Waukesha and Norman (Jeanna) of Greenfield; grandchildren, Chad, Nadine, Jason, Nicole, Melissa, Michelle, Josie, Ryan, Amber, Andrew, Kaitlyn and Bryana; and great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Earl.

A funeral service for Bea will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 22 at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the 6 p.m. funeral service Friday at the funeral home. Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23 at Highland Memorial Park in New Berlin. Please meet at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m.

Memorials to the family are appreciated.

The Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-planning Services is serving the family. For further information, call 542-6609, or for an online obituary, directions or to leave a condolence, go to www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com.