Gertrude L. Citta

Gertrude L. Citta, nee Loose, 80, of West Bend, passed away Monday, June 12, 2006 at Synergy-Health St. Joseph’s Hospital, West Bend.

She was born Aug. 28, 1925 in Hilbert to the late William and Gertrude (Ohlsen) Loose, and was united in marriage to Steve Citta on Aug. 9, 1945 in Denver, Colo., where he was stationed in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Together they made their home in Milwaukee.

Gertrude was an active member of her church in Milwaukee and also an active wife and mother while raising her six children.

In 1987, after Steve’s retirement, the couple moved to West Bend and became members of New Hope United Church of Christ in Jackson.

Gertrude enjoyed playing cards and baking for her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Steve; six children, Carol (John Jr.) Schell of West Bend, Danny Citta of Gainesville, Texas, Rick (Lory) Citta of Milwaukee, Paul (Kathy) Citta of Edgerton, Patrick (Lisa) Citta of San Antonio, Texas and Greg (Jeanette) Citta of Balground, Ga.; 17 grandchildren, Jamie and John III Schell, Mary (Pat) Henson, Todd and John Citta, Matt and Kevin Citta, Tom, Dominic, Jennifer and Lori Beth Citta, Christian and Abrianna Citta, Christi and Michelle Citta, Cathryn and Joseph Citta; six great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Rose Bartolotta and Nina Ferrito, both of Milwaukee, and Joyce Loose of McFarland; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Florence Krentz and Alice Schrank; a brother, Milton Loose; and a sister-in-law, Mary Kent.

A memorial service to remember Gertrude’s life will be held on Saturday, June 17, at 3 p.m. at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, West Bend, with Rev. Phil Schrank officiating.

Cremation took place at Myrhum-Patten Cremation Ser-vice, and burial of Gertrude’s cremated remains will be in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorials to New Hope UCC or Cedar Community are appreciated.

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