Emma Bolser (nee Spies)

Aug. 29, 1937 - Feb. 27, 2012

Emma Bolser (nee Spies) entered into eternal life Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at age 74. Emma was born in Pirmasens, Germany, on Aug. 29, 1937, the loving daughter of Franz Wilhelm and Friederike (nee Hochlaender) Spies.

She was the beloved wife of the late Gerald L. Bolser; loving mother of Linda Angela (Christopher) Bolser Gilmore, Kenneth Michael (Gail) Bolser and Patricia Lynn (Andrew) Confer; proud Oma of Michael James and Sarah Kathryn Bolser and Brittany Nicole and Ryan Andrew Confer; and dear sister of Willi (the late Hildegard), Karl (the late Luise), Kurt (Traudel), Klaus (the late Kaethi) and Hermann (the late Luise) Spies and Peter Brinkmann. Emma is further survived by her daughter-in-law, Lisa (Mark) Swan, and many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends in Germany and the United States.

Emma was preceded in death by her parents; her son, David John Bolser; and her sisters, Paula (the late Kurt) Neumann and Helena (the late Rudi) Weinberger. She was also preceded in death by four infant siblings, Ingeborg, Gerlinde, Willi and Friederike Spies.

Emma’s greatest joys and loves were her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, oma and sister. She touched the hearts of everyone she met, always everyone’s loving "Oma."

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until the 7 p.m. prayer service Thursday, March 1, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 930 Main St., Mukwonago. Visitation continues from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Friday, March 2, at St. James Catholic Church, 830 Highway NN East, Mukwonago, with the celebration of the Mass of Christian burial beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Mukwonago.

Memorials in Emma’s name may be directed to St. James Parish or the Mukwonago Library.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 363-7126 or visit online at