Mildred E. Schwartz

Mildred E. Schwartz, nee Schaefer of West Bend, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, surrounded by her loving family, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer, after 85 years of life.

Mildred was born on May 31, 1921, the daughter of Elmer C. and Ella M. (nee Roehr-danz) Schaefer in the town of Barton, and on July 12, 1941, she devoted her love and life to Leo Schwartz at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend.

After marriage, the couple began a family of their own, with whom she loved to spend quality time.

Especially after her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were born, she cherished the time that she was able to devote to them.

Mildred loved playing rummy, sheepshead, and pinochle with her family, fishing, gardening with her green thumb, baking, dancing and spending some nights out on the town with her sisters and brother.

She will be fondly remembered by those who loved her dearly as being a sincere caregiver to all.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Marilyn Kempf of West Bend; her grandchildren, Joe (Shannon) Kempf of West Bend, and Barbara (Daniel Sr.) Swope of West Bend; her great-grandchildren, Haley and Miranda Kempf, and Dan Jr. and Megan Swope; and her dear siblings, Earla Brantner and Allen (Marie) Schaefer.

She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other very special relatives and many dear friends.

Mildred was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 37 years, Leo Schwartz; her parents; her son-in-law, Gerald Kempf; a sister and brother-in-law, Myrtle (Art) Duenkel; her brother-in-law, Jim Brantner; and her special friend, Ray Schuster.

A funeral service in honor of Mildred will be held on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, with Chaplain Sass officiating.

Interment will take place in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend, on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at 10 a.m.

Visitation with family and friends will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m.

The Schwartz Family would like to send a special thank you to the staff at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Care Center, especially Dr. Jella and Dr. Treisman; the staff at St. Luke’s Medical Center; Carmen, Bonnie and Nancy with the Visiting Nurse Association; and Dr. Muth. They were all so compassionate and caring during this difficult time.