Esther L. Soyk

Esther L. Soyk, nee Backhaus, 84, of West Bend, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005 at Synergy-Health St. Joseph’s Hospital in the town of Polk.

She was born on May 18, 1921 in Kewaskum to the late Roman and Hedwig (nee Bartelt) Backhaus, and was united in marriage to Melvin Soyk on July 22, 1944 at St. Lucas Lutheran Church in Kewaskum.

Her husband preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1994.

Esther worked as a laundry operator for the West Bend School District for 25 years, until retiring in 1987.

Survivors include seven children, Nancy Contreras of West Bend, Melvin A. (Sue) Soyk of Lincoln, Neb., Bonnie (Rich) Gerner of West Bend, Janis (Joe) Broecker of Kohlsville, Ronald (Joanne) Soyk of Milwaukee, Sandra (Mike) Bodden of Theresa and Susan (Jim) Wessing of Kewaskum; 12 grandchildren, Jorge (Amy) Contreras, Janine (Jessie) Theiler, Brian (Kaylea) Soyk, Chelli (J.P.) Whelan, Jason Broecker, Holli (Ben) Schmoldt, Greg Bodden, Jill (Jeff) Palka, Tim (Linda) Bodden, Chris Wessing, Nicki Wessing and Justin Wessing; three great-grandchildren, Maggie Whelan, Lindsay Whelan and Alina Theiler; two sisters-in-law, Myrtle (Walter) Hassinger and Alice Arndt; a brother-in-law, Norman (Eugenia) Soyk; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends and her dog, Copper.

Preceding her in death were a daughter, Evelyn Soyk; a son-in-law, Jorge Contreras; a granddaughter, Dawn Schloemer; two sisters, Hildegard Meyer and Anita Backhaus and a brother, Carl Backhaus.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, West Bend, with Rev. David Flegel officiating.

Burial will be in Lutheran Memorial Park, Kewaskum, on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

Visitation at the funeral home will be on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until the time of services.

Online guest book and condolences may be found at www.

Esther’s family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. William Listwan for his dedicated care.