Geraldine R. Ellefson

Geraldine R. Ellefson, nee Reinke, 87, of West Bend, formerly of Appleton, died on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005 at Mapledale Manor in Kewaskum.

She wa born on May 28, 1918 in Appleton to the late Herman and Frieda (nee Kluess) Reinke.

While growing up in Appleton, she, along with her family, were members of Zion Lutheran Church where she was confirmed.

On Dec. 28, 1936 Geraldine was united in marriage to Edwin A. Ellefson in Green Bay.

In 1961, the family moved to West Bend.

Edwin passed away Sept. 3, 1968.

Geraldine was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in West Bend.

Survivors include four sons, Edwin (Eunice) of Shiocton, Ronald (Karen) of Kewaskum, Del (Sharon) of the town of Wayne and Michael (Susan) of West Bend; eight grandchildren, Tim, Tammy, Todd, David, Rachél, Bryan, Sarah and Candace; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Jane Kaelin of Appleton; a brother, Richard Reinke of Appleton; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were a granddaughter, René Ellefson; a sister, Edith Starfeldt and a brother, Herman Reinke Jr.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home, 629 Cedar St., West Bend, with Rev. David Meyer officiating.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 p.m. until the time of the services.

There will also be a visitation at the Brettschneider-Trettin-Lederer Funeral Home, 606 N. Oneida St., Appleton, on Friday from 10 a.m. until noon.

Following the visitation on Friday, committal services will take place in Riverside Cemetery, Appleton.

The family has requested memorials to Pilgrim Lutheran Church or to the charity of the donorís choice.