Naomi "Mardelle" Hirsig

Naomi "Mardelle" Hirsig, nee Beck, 91, of West Bend, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 23, 2006.

She was born Sept. 15, 1914 in Dutch Hollow, to the late Rev. John Henry and Ida (nee Lau) Beck, and grew up in southern Wisconsin.

Her father, being a clergy, married Mardelle to Leslie Alfred on May 23, 1937 in Markesan.

After two years of college, Mardelle became an elementary school teacher.

The couple raised a family of their own in Lomira, where Leslie was a carpenter and Mardelle was teaching.

She returned to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where she earned a BS degree in elementary education in 1964 and continued her career in Richfield and Campbellsport.

She and her husband were involved with Volunteers in Mission which included two trips to South America and one to Africa.

They retired in Mountain Home, Ark., where they lived for 15 years, and moved back to Wisconsin in 1989 to Cedar Campus in the town of West Bend.

Mardelle enjoyed teaching, and her favorite pastimes included reading, sewing, cooking and gardening.

She often spoke of a memorable trip to the Grand Canyon where she and her husband went horseback riding.

Besides her husband, Leslie, Mardelle is survived by three treasured children: Terry (Sandy) Hirsig of Wheaton, Ill., Bonnie (Rev. Wesley) Falk of Menomonee Falls and Ramon (Vicky) Hirsig of Roseville, Calif.

She is further survived by eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Oliver Wolf of Lomira; one nephew and his family, and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Dwayne and Gerald Beck; a sister, Ruthella Wolf; a grandson, Kevin Klein; and a great-grandson, Ryan Hirsig.

There will be a funeral service in honor of Mardelle on Friday, April 28, at noon the at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church in West Bend.

Pastor Jean Bartlett and Rev. Wesley Falk will officiate, and burial will follow in Salem Cemetery in Lomira.

Visitation with family and friends will be at the church on Friday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church 323 S. Fifth Ave, West Bend, WI 53095 or Trinity United Methodist Church, 300 Church St., Lomira, WI 53048.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family