Jeanne Loretta Szarek

Jeanne Loretta Szarek (nee Sigler) passed into the Lordís arms unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at the age of 64. She was surrounded by family.

Jeanne was the loving wife of James "Jim" Szarek; dear mother of Jerome Selear, Jon (Kristin) Selear, Jeannette Selear, Brandon Szarek and Robert "Robbie" Szarek; loving grandmother of Sandra, Brittany, Samantha, Loren, Tyler, Thomas, Karli, Maximus, Gabrielle and Alexandra; loving great-grandmother of Daniel, Peyton, Jayden and Dee Anna; and sister of Lynn (Wayne) Geoffrey, Kenneth (Lynn) Sigler, Glenn (Laurinda) Sigler and Dennis Sigler. She is further survived by many other relatives and friends.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, Franklyn and Elaine Sigler, and a son, Jeffery Selear.

Jeanne was an avid member and queen mum of the Red Hat Society, locally known as the Wild But Wonderful Red Hatterís of Waukesha and was queen of the Southeast Wisconsin Chapter. She was a volunteer for numerous county and school organizations, and was an active member of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church, having served as a past superintendent of the Sunday school program.

Additionally, Jeanne was a very successful menís softball coach, having met her husband there some years ago. Jeanne and her family also were avid fans of the UWM menís basketball team, loved Red Hat gatherings, school activities, parties and cruising in her Mustang with the top down. She will also be missed by the friends she made at Reinhart Food Service. As a foster parent, she touched the lives of many children. Jeanne and her tireless efforts and wonderful sense of humor will be sadly missed.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Krause Funeral Home, 12401 W. National Ave., New Berlin. Visitation continues from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Blessed Savior Lutheran Church, 15250 W. Cleveland Ave., New Berlin, WI 53151. A funeral service will be held at noon. Burial immediately follows the service at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Blessed Savior Lutheran Church at the above address, or to The Milwaukee County Zoological Society of Waukesha County.

Krause Funeral Home, 786-8009, is serving the family. Visit online at www.krausefuneralhome.com.