Darwin R. Steldt

Darwin R. Steldt, 73, of West Bend, was welcomed into heaven with open arms by his Lord and Savior, when he passed surrounded by his family, on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at Kathyís Hospice in the town of Polk.

He was born to Alex and Mildred (nee Filler) Steldt on Feb. 1, 1933 in Milwaukee, and raised in the Jackson area.

He attended West Bend High School and graduated in 1951.

Darwin began working for the General Telephone Co., now known as Verizon Co., in 1952 for over 36 years, retiring in 1988.

He married Joyce E. Feistham-mel on Oct. 11, 1958 at Trinity Lutheran Church of West Allis.

The couple resided in Jackson where they began a loving family of their own.

While living in Jackson, Darwin was the town constable and a member of the volunteer fire department.

They settled in West Bend and Darwin eagerly joined the West Bend Fire Department.

He was a member of Our Saviorís Lutheran Church of West Bend, an avid fisherman, and a member of the Tony Strupp pit crew, where he also achieved the title of "advising supervisor."

Above all, his family came first, and his grandchildren were his pride and joy.

Darwin will be forever loved and remembered by his adoring children, Timothy (Holly) of Hartford, Cindy (David) Retzalff of Slinger, Terry (Sue) of West Bend and Thomas (Aimee) of Kewaskum; his cherished grandchildren, Courtney and Ashley Steldt, Michael and Matthew Retzalff, Sarah and Harry Steldt, and Brandy and Connor Steldt; two dear aunts, Norma Youngbauer of Boltonville and Ruth Schilhansl of New Berlin; a special friend, Joyce Esselmann of West Bend; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; an uncle, Clarence Filler; and an aunt, Elenore Filler.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, 1044 S. Silverbrook Drive, West Bend, with Pastor Oscar Kraft officiating.

Interment will take place Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Bolton-ville Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the church only on Tuesday, from 4 p.m. until the time of service at 7 p.m.

The family would like to extend its appreciation for memorials that are offered in honor of Darwin, to the Kathyís Hospice of the town of Polk.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family


The family would like to express their genuine appreciation for the wonderful care and compassion that was offered to Darwin by the staff of health care professionals at the Kathyís Hospice and The Vince Lombardi Cancer Center, and for the support of Dr Jella and of Pastor Kraft. You are all a true blessing.