Mabel E. Strege

Mabel E. Strege (nee Kleman) of West Bend (formerly of Colgate) was welcomed home by her Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006 at the age of 87, surrounded by her loving family. A funeral service to honor the life of Mabel will be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 4, at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, 809 S. 6th Ave., in West Bend. Visitation with family and friends will be held at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon, prior to the service. A family reception will follow the noon service. After the reception, interment will take place at Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg. The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Mabel was born on March 22, 1918 to the late Theodore and Adela (nee Ciriacks) Kleman in the town of Trenton where she was raised. During her childhood, she spent a large portion of her time helping on the family farm. On May 18, 1946 she devoted her love and her life to Herbert G. Strege at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jackson. After they got married, the couple bought and owned their own farm in Colgate. Mabel and Herbert worked together to maintain their farm, and were soon blessed with a family of their own. They ran their farm until Herbert fell ill and Mabel dedicated her time, love and energy to helping her husband. Shortly after his passing in September 1959, she moved to the West Bend area, where she continued helping others by becoming a nurseís aide at the Samaritan Healthcare Center. She worked there for over 17 years and retired in 1983.

Mabel devoted endless hours volunteering at the Bethesda Home in Watertown. She was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church and was active in the Altar Guild and Ladies Aide. Among her favorite pastimes, Mabel loved to travel and wrote an autobiography that included her various trips and experiences. Above all, Mabel most enjoyed spending quality time with her family and grandchildren, whom she held closest to her heart and with whom she cherished every moment. Mabel has forever touched the hearts and lives of her children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Mabel is survived by her children Steven Strege of Campbellsport, Susan (Ronald) Schreiner of Lake Elmo, Minn., and Rosanne (Steven) Malevich of Edina, Minn.; grandchildren Barrett (fiancée Allison Bowne) Schreiner, Leah (Matthew) Palombo and Rachel Schreiner; brother Raymond (Della) Kleman of West Bend; and brother-in-law Elmer Gauger of West Bend. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other special relatives and many dear friends.

Mabel was preceded in death by her husband Herbert; sister Evelyn Gauger; and her sister and brother-in-law Esther (Reinhard) Beimborn.

The Strege family would like to extend immense appreciation for all the wonderful care and compassion that was given to Mabel by the Heartland Hospice staff.

The family would also like to offer their appreciation for memorials that are designated to the Bethesda Home, 700 Hoffman Drive, Watertown, WI 53094. For online condolences, please visit