Juanita A. Wehrwein
Aug. 4, 1915 - Jan. 25, 2013
Juanita Wehrwein (Juanie) died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at age 97. She was born to the late Richard and Ida (nee Bochert) Wehrwein in Minneapolis, Minn., on Aug. 4, 1915.
She was preceded in death by an older sister, Meta Leaf; older brother, Victor, a Milwaukee police officer; a niece, Berna Rae Leaf; and a nephew-in-law, Bob Amling.
Juanie is survived by a niece, Beverly Amling of Nokomis, Fla., and her great-nephews, John Amling (Gloria) of Des Plaines, Ill., and Jim Amling of Nokomis, Fla., and Phelps. She is also survived by several great-great nieces and -nephews and many good and longtime friends.
Juanie’s family moved to Milwaukee when she was about 5. After graduating from Washington High School in Milwaukee, she worked as a beautician in Waukesha for Irene Lamp at Helen’s Beauty Shop on Clinton Street. Several times, Juanie and other staff had the opportunity to go to Ten Chimneys to work for Lynn Fontanne and other visiting actors. Juanie, who loved cooking, worked for a time as a cook at the La Crosse County Jail, where Irene was the matron for her older brother, Sheriff Vern Lamp. She later worked as a cook at Central Middle School in Waukesha in the ‘80s. Juanie also owned and operated an A&W Root Beer stand in Delavan with Irene. She lived with her dear friend until Irene died in 1964.
Juanita was a skilled seamstress who made and designed her own clothes. She sewed professionally, making drapes and other items for decorator Pearl Butler. Juanie was a faithful member of Sweet Adelines for 41 years, singing baritone in the chorus and also a quartet. During that time, she made many, many costumes in her basement for the chorus. She loved music and could be seen singing and smiling at Martha Merrell’s and Cuddles for every Friday Night Live in recent years.
Juanie was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star and an avid reader who loved working jigsaw puzzles. She worked as a clerk for Weight Watchers until she was 80 and also believed in the importance of giving blood on a regular basis, donating her body to the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Juanie lived with special friend Jill Littlefield for 22 years. She enjoyed traveling with a travel trailer and made many trips throughout the U.S. and Canada, always having many interesting and humorous stories to tell about her travels. Animals were another special love for Juanita. She had several pets throughout the years and especially enjoyed the therapy dog visitors at the Avalon, becoming good friends with Jane Crisler and her dear therapy dog, Frank.
Juanita lived at Avalon Square for almost 23 years and it was TRULY HER HOME! She really enjoyed her fifth floor apartment view of downtown rooftops, clouds and sunsets.
Special thanks to Dr. Martin Kern and nurse Mary for their longtime dedication and care, to the warm and friendly staff at Avalon Square, and to the Seasons Hospice staff for outstanding efforts and tender loving care in her final days.
Memorials to the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, 701 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188; and Avalon Square, 222 Park Place, Waukesha, WI 53186, are appreciated.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Avalon Square. For info call 446-9300.