Otto Mlejnek

Otto Mlejnek of West Bend was born into eternal life on Friday, Dec. 23, 2005 at the age of 94. Otto was born on Oct. 4, 1911 in Rice Lake to John and Mary (nee Slavick) Mlejnek.

His family owned a dairy farm, where he and his twin brother, the 12th and 13th in his family, were raised.

He served his country with honor in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After the service, Otto married the love of his life, Lorraine G. Severude in Pine City, Minn. on Oct. 4, 1947.

The couple settled in the Milwaukee area where Otto worked for the Miller Brewing Company for over 27 years, retiring in the late 1970s.

He and his wife enjoyed belonging to the Wisconsin Polka Boosters Club and dancing and traveling across the United States.

He also enjoyed his animals, gardening and sports. But above all, his family was his greatest passion.

Otto is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lorraine of West Bend. Cherished father of Robert (Gail) Mlejnek of Kewaskum, Darlene (Clifford) Bush of Iowa, and Vern (Cathy) Mlejnek of Arkansas.

Further survived by 12 wonderful grandchildren, numerous cherished great-grandchildren, many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, 12 siblings and one great grandchild.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005 in the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend with Pastor Oscar Kraft officiating.

Interment was Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 at Highland Memorial Park of New Berlin. Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005.

Memorials in honor of Otto are appreciated in lieu of flowers.

Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend assisted the family.