Myra E. Kraeblen

June 5, 1918 – March 12, 2010

Myra E. Kraeblen of Waukesha entered eternal life Friday, March 12, 2010, at the Virginia Health and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 91. She was born June 5, 1918, in Waukesha, the daughter of Charles Fred and Ida Christina (nee Wellhausen) King.

On Sept. 26, 1936, she married Walter L. Kraeblen. He preceded her in death in 1974. Myra was a loving wife and mother and enjoyed keeping her house in perfect order. Through the years, she enjoyed a reputation of being a fabulous cook and baker for her cakes and pies. She took pleasure in being with people and had a sweet personality.

For several years, Myra traveled with her husband and daughter throughout the southern and eastern states for Walter’s job with the Shriver Gas Conversion Co. Myra served her community as a poll worker for several years and volunteered for the Red Cross and the YWCA. Her love of animals, especially cats, dogs and birds, continued all through her years. Every winter, she would trudge through deep snow in order to fill birdfeeders. Myra enjoyed the beauty of creation and stayed close to nature through her flower gardening. She later became a 30-year resident of Willow Park and was one of the original tenants.

She will be sadly missed by her daughter, Marilyn (Milton) Hagerstrand; and her grandchildren, Sheryl Gerstl, Brian (Marie) Hagerstrand and Robert Hagerstrand, all of Waukesha. Myra was the dear greatgrandmother of Laura, Julie and Paul Gerstl and Mikael, Samuel and Briana Hagerstrand. Other relatives and friends further survive her. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Burdette, Ray and Elmer King; sister, Dorothy Sias; and grandsonin-law, John Gerstl.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the 12:30 p.m. funeral service today, March 19, at Cesarz, Charapata and Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld will be officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Prairie Home Cemetery.

Memorials in Myra’s name are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter, 6130 W. National Ave., Suite 200, Milwaukee, WI 53214.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of the Virginia Health and Rehabilitation Center and to Odyssey Health Care Hospice for their excellent care.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit