Sylvia F. Wenzel (nee Bachmann)

Jan. 3, 1926 — Jan. 9, 2015

Sylvia F. Wenzel died on Friday, January 9, 2015, at her Pewaukee residence at the age of 89 years. She was born in Mayville on January 3, 1926, to John and Frances (nee Huck) Bachmann.

Sylvia began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in Iron Ridge and continued in Waukesha. She was a much-loved second grade teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic School for more than 20 years. Her students remember her for the many science projects, including Bird Books and environmental awareness projects. Sylvia was ahead of her time regarding environmental issues and she took much time to enlighten her students and make them aware of how they could make this world a better place. In her retirement, she enjoyed working at Wal-Mart in Delafield. On December 31, 1951, she married George Wenzel Jr., who preceded her in death on May 13, 1982.

She will be sadly missed by her children: Barbara (the late William) Blawat of New Berlin; Georgene (Curtis) John of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Judy (Alan) Jensen of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Jennifer Liessmann of Pewaukee. She is the beloved grandmother of Brynn (Jon) Kanikula, Brenton Blawat, Erik and Peter Jensen, and Justin and Kelly Liessmann (Mark Liessmann, their father); and great-grandmother to Caliett and Evie Kanikula. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends and her beloved four-legged friend Frutze.

In addition to her husband, George, she was preceded in death by her sister Gertrude Mielke and her brother Harold Bachmann.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 14, from 10:30 AM until the funeral Mass at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha. Burial will follow at St. Jerome Cemetery in Oconomowoc.

Randle-Dable Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call Randle-Dable Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services at 262-547-4035, or go to for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.