Pearl J. Bruce (nee Lekfield)

July 27, 1918 - Aug. 20, 2011

Pearl J. Bruce (nee Lekfield), 93, of Lake Denoon, passed into eternal life Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. Pearl was born in the Town of Muskego on July 27, 1918, a daughter of the late Arnold and Lauretta (nee Pellman) Lekfield.

She was baptized by Pastor Genser in September 1918 and confirmed at Norway Lutheran Church on July 3, 1932, by Pastor Jahres. Since 1920, she has lived in the Lake Denoon area, attended Sunday school at Norway Lutheran Church and public school at Lake Denoon. She graduated from Waterford Union High School in 1936. Pearl married Clarence Bruce on Nov. 23, 1940. He preceded her in death Dec. 19, 1988. Pearl was very active in her church and community. She was a lifetime member of Norway Lutheran Church; she was active and held offices in the Altar Guild, Sunday school, Board of Property and other committees. She trained Acolytes and set up schedules with Doris Colins and the late Bush Miller.

For many years, Pearl made a birthday cake for Baby Jesus for the 3-, 4- and 5-year-old Sunday school classes. She was an active member and secretary of the Lake Denoon Advancement Association. Pearl was also involved in the Waukesha County 4-H program and served on several county 4-H committees. She was a county key leader in the rabbit project and was club leader for more than 35 years in the Washington 4-H club, also serving on the club executive board.

She is survived by two sons, Norman (Eve) and Laurence (Fay); daughter-in-law, Karen; eight grandchildren, Lisa (Chris) Licht, Laurie Burns, Stephanie, Barbara, Carrie (Chad) Seybt, Kevin (Sarah), Mark (Melissa) and Peter (Emily Butke); seven great-grandchildren, Ashley, Amanda, Donovan, Claudia, Julia, Hannah and Ava; and one great-great-granddaughter, RayAnn. She is also survived by other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence; and son, Raymond.

Visitation will be held from noon until 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, with services at 2 p.m., at Norway Lutheran Church, 6321 Heg Park Road, Wind Lake. Burial will follow services in the church cemetery.

In lieu of floral expressions of sympathy, memorials are suggested to Norway Lutheran Church, Waukesha County 4-H or Southeastern Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Association.

Mealy Funeral Home of Waterford, 534-2233, is serving the family. For more information, visit online at