Jean Kenney Schowalter

Jean Kenney Schowalter (nee Thomas), 96, of West Bend, entered into eternal life Dec. 2, 2006 at her home on Silver lake. Jean was born June 14, 1910 to Lewis and Gertrude (nee Fahs) Thomas in Waukegan, Ill.

Jean was married to Henry Otto Schowalter on Sept. 3, 1937 in Waukegan. Jean was born and raised in Waukegan and attended Waukegan Township High School. She later graduated from the University of Wisconson-Madison, where she met her husband while they worked on The Daily Cardinal. Jean was a member of Eastern Star West Bend chapter #73. She attended Immanuel United Church of Christ and was a member of the Joseph Marest chapter of DAR. Jean loved to dance, serving 40 years as secretary of the West Bend Dance Club.

Jean is survived by two sons, Henry (Margaret) Schowalter of Bedford, Mass and Thomas (Roberta, deceased) of Pewaukee; three daughters, Kenney Hecht of Alameda, Calif., Laurie (James, deceased) Valerius of West Bend and Linda Schowalter of Alameda; 10 grandchlidren, Kim, Kathy, Lisa, Dave, Jason, Steve, Jamie, Julie, Kellie and Amy; three great-grandchildren, Sophie, Riley and Noel; and her adopted family Shari, Shelly and Marty Tiskusis. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry O. Schowalter, attorney and former assemblyman from Washington County; her parents; a brother and a sister.

Funeral services were Tuesday Dec. 5, 2006 in the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend, with burial to follow. The family greeted guests and friends prior to the service.

Phillip Funeral Home assisted the family.