Herbert A. ‘Herb’ Stephens

March 8, 1920 – May 17, 2012

Herbert A. "Herb" Stephens, 92, left this world in peace, surrounded by his family Thursday, May 17, 2012. Herb was born March 8, 1920, in New Berlin.

He met the love of his life and best friend, Marie (nee Franczek) Stephens, 71 years ago at the Eagles Ballroom. They were married Nov. 18, 1944, at Holy Apostles Church, and would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this fall. He was a lifetime resident of New Berlin, and was recognized as the city’s honorary Fourth of July parade marshal last summer. Beginning his career as a proud fourth-generation farmer, Herb became a milk hauler for Golden Guernsey Dairy, and worked with them for more than 55 years. During his life, Herb was actively involved in the community and his church, serving as a charter member of Holy Apostles Usher Society, and was a 75-year member of the Catholic Knights. Through his last day, Herb was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3095.

Herb is survived by his loving wife, Marie. He was the proud father of the late Rick (Connie) Stephens, Larry (Deb) Stephens, the late Ron (Bev) Stephens and Carol (Bob) Treml. He had 12 grandchildren: Joe (Katie) Stephens, Cheryl (Kevin) Frank, Julie (Ryan) Erdmann, Jason (Bri) Mau, David (Katie) Stephens, Kristin Stephens, Robert (Nikki) Stephens, Keith (Jen) Stephens, Katie (Josh) Yost, Steven (Julie) Treml, Paul (Alexa) Treml and Julie (Scott) Hintz. He had 11 1/2 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother in-law, Walter Franczek, and many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his family and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Krause Funeral Home, 12401 W. National Ave., New Berlin. A vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continues from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Monday, May 21, at the funeral home, with a prayer service at 10 a.m., followed by a procession to Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 16000 W. National Ave., for a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Apostles Cemetery.

Krause Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 786-8009, is serving the family. Visit online at