Inez C. Tennies

Inez C. Tennies, nee Rutz, 90, of West Bend, passed away Tuesday Jan. 17, 2006 at the Cedar Lake Health Care Center.

She was born on Aug. 26, 1915 in Milwaukee to the late Louis and Louise (nee Kehrer) Rutz.

After high school she attended Mil-waukee Busi-ness School.

Inez then worked as a telephone operator in Milwaukee until she was united in marriage to Webster J. Tennies on April 15, 1944 in Milwaukee.

The couple lived where he was stationed during World war II, and after his discharge they moved to the West Bend area and started building the Tennies Buick garage.

Inez helped Web operate the Buick garage until their retirement, after which they moved to Lake Winnebago.

Inez had been an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in West Bend, member and past president of Trinity Dorcas Society and a Sunday school teacher.

She was a member of the Women of the Moose West Bend Lodge 1398, the Fred A. Schaefer VFW Post 1393 Ladies Auxiliary, Lt. Ray Dickop American Legion Post 36 Ladies Auxiliary, a past member of the West Bend Womenís Club and past leader of the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.

Survivors include two children, Sherrie (Bob) Burgdorf of Oshkosh and Ed (Sharon) Tennies of West Bend; six grandchildren, Andrew, Bethan and David Burgdorf, Brian, Jason and Tyler Tennies; five sisters-in-law, Rosemary Rutz, Cecilia Strupp and Helen Ackerman, all of West Bend, Catherine Kuepper of Slinger and Elizabeth (Venice) Straub of Fond du Lac; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a brother Louis Rutz.

Funeral services to celebrate Inezís life will be held on Friday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, West Bend.

Rev. David Schoob will officiate and burial will be Saturday morning in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend.

Visitation will be Friday at the church only from 3:30 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorials may be given to the charity of the donorís choice.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service of West Bend is assisting the family.

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