Jeanine M. Collath

Oct. 7, 1952 - Sept. 24, 2009

Jeanine M. Collath of Mukwonago was born to eternal life Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc. She was 56 years old.

Jeanine was born in Milwaukee on Oct. 7, 1952, the daughter of Michael and Margaret (nee Berndsen) Zahares.

On Sept. 15, 1979, she married Kurt G. Collath.

Jeanine was a registered nurse at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for 25 years, working in many different departments. In 2008, she received the Nurse of the Year Award in the Rehabilitation Unit. Jeanine loved gardening and spending time and traveling with her family.

Survivors include her beloved husband, Kurt; her loving daughters, Melanie Collath, Kimberly (Andrew) Kowalkowski and Nicole (Matthew) Collath-Nellessen; and her dear sister and brother, Cheryl (Gerald) Chojnacki and John (Danita) Zahares. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jeanine was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty Zahares.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the time of the 7 p.m. funeral service Friday, Oct. 2, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 315 Main St. (Highway ES), Mukwonago. Interment will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Caldwell Cemetery, Highway O south of Highway L, town of Waterford. Please meet at the cemetery.

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