Alma Augusta Schmitt

Alma Augusta Schmitt (nee Hoepner), age 96, of West Bend, entered into the gates of Heaven with the arms of Jesus welcoming her on, Tuesday, July 4, 2006, at Cedar Lake Health Care Center. Alma was born Dec. 11, 1909 in Theresa to the late Max Hoepner and Anna (nee Scheier) Hoepner. She was raised on her family homestead, where she developed her lifelong work ethics.

She married Adolph Scherger and resided in the town of Herman, starting a family of their own. Adolph preceded her in death in 1942.

Alma was fortunate in finding love again with Roland Schmitt, who preceded her in death in 1969.

In 1976, love struck for a third time with Peter Schmitt. They were married until his death in 1991.

Alma enjoyed baking, canning, quilting, gardening, crocheting, and traveling, especially to Germany. She will always be remembered for her delicious schaum torte, homemade bread and decorated Christmas cookies.

Above all, her family came first and was the love of her life.

She was employed by Libby’s Canning Corp. for over 25 years and was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church of West Bend.

Alma will be deeply missed by her son, Calvin (Donna) Scherger of West Bend; cherished grandchildren, Greg (Kathy) Scherger of Richfield, Karen (Wesley) MacFarlane of West Bend, Lori (Michael) Chapel of West Bend, Jeff (Nicole) Scherger of West Bend and Randy (Nicole) Scherger of Theresa; adored great-grandchildren, Angela (Chad) Elliott, Amanda, Kaitlyn and Gregory Scherger, Shannon and Meghan MacFarlane, Jacob Scherger, Benjamin and Matthew Chapel and (Randy and Nicole’s) blessing-to-be Scherger; treasured great-great-grandchildren, Kortni and baby girl-to-be Elliott; and dear sister, Leona Erdmann of West Bend. Further survived by many other relatives and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; one brother and sister-in-law, Ewald "Happy" and Linda Hoepner; one sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Roger Kuehl; and one brother-in-law, Lloyd Erdmann.

The funeral service was Friday, July 7, 2006 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in West Bend, with Rev. Joseph Fischer and Rev. David Meyer officiating. Visitation was prior to the service.

Interment was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hartford, on Saturday, July 8, 2006.

A special "Thank You" to the staff in Cove 2, Cove 3 and Cedar Lake Hospice at Cedar Lake Health Care Center for all their care and compassion given to Alma. Also a heartfelt "Thank You" to Dr. Renee Leikness, you are truly a blessing in this community.

Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend assisted the family.