Viola Barr

Viola Barr, nee Knickelbein, 88, of West Bend, was called home on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, surrounded by her family at the home of her son, Ben.

She was born on Jan. 4, 1917, in Cedarburg, to the late August and Bertha (nee Koepsell) Knickel-bein and was united in marriage to Ben Barr in West Bend, on Dec.r 10, 1936.

Ben passed away on Jan. 13, 1996.

Viola loved gardening and had a passion for growing flowers.

She also loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her son, Ben Jr. (Caroline) Barr of West Bend; five grandchildren, Fred Kreis, Teri Baumgartner, Tina (Dave) Zipter, Brenda (Randy) Simon and Gail Barr (fiance Jamie Reseburg); a grandson-in-law, Kenneth Lee of Texas; 10 great-grandchildren, Freddie and Michael Kreis, Brock Baumgart-ner, Jennifer Kreis, Jessica and Cody Simon, Sidney Reseburg, Kenneth Jr., Becky and Brian Lee of Texas; two great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Debra Lee; two great-grandchildren, Amber and Kent Baumgartner; two sisters, Gertrude and Norma Knickelbein; and three brothers, Raymond, Harold and Clarence Knickelbein.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, West Bend.

Chaplain Cheryl Matusiak will officiate, and burial will be in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend, on Friday at 10 a.m.

Visitation will be Thursday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

Online guest book and condolences may be found at

Viola’s grandchildren would like to thank their mom and dad for taking such good care of their grandmother and for opening their home to her.

The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Caroline and Jessica for their constant tender loving care, and to a dear friend, Nancy Gillitzer, for always being able to lend a helping hand.

A final thank you to the staff of Hartland Hospice for the quality care and compassion that they showed Viola and her family over the past few weeks.