George M. Wanninger

George M. Wanninger, 72, of West Bend, was welcomed home by his Lord peacefully on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at Cedar Lake Health Care Center, surrounded by his loving family.

George was born to the late Franz and Veronica (nee Rainer) Wanninger on Oct. 27, 1933 in Milwaukee, where he was also raised.

After graduating from Mes-smer High School in 1951, he honorably served his country with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

On Nov. 28, 1959, he dedicated his love and his life to his soul mate, Deborah A. Gravenstine in Milwaukee, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

The couple resided in Milwau-kee before settling in West Bend in 1972, where they raised a family of their own.

George was employed at AC Sparkplug before being employed by the Wisconsin Gas Co. where he worked for over 20 years, retiring in 1993.

He was a proud member of the E.A.A. where he pursued his passion of airplanes.

He also enjoyed spending time with his family and hunting up north at their cabin in Tipler, Florence County.

Among his favorite pastimes, his family was of utmost importance to him, especially his grandchildren, whom he loved having near.

George has forever touched the lives and hearts of his beloved wife and best friend of 46 years, Deborah; his children, Michael (Denise) and Mark, both of West Bend, Linda (Jim) Nehls of DeForest and John (Lori) of West Bend; his adored grandchildren, Mike Jr. and Robbie Wanninger of West Bend, Mitchell Wanninger of West Bend and Steve and Karly Nehls of DeForest; his brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Betty Wanninger of Brown Deer; his father-in-law, Jack (Dorothy) Gravenstine of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law on Deborah’s side, Laura and Randy Miller of West Bend.

George will also be deeply missed by nieces, nephews, other special relatives, and many dear friends.

His parents; his mother-in-law, Helen Gravenstine, and his brother, Al Wanninger, preceded him in death.

A funeral service to honor the life of George will be held on Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend.

Cremation will take place at Paradise Cremation Services of West Bend following the funeral service.

Visitation with family and friends will be held on Monday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of the service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to extend their appreciation for memorials donated in honor of George.

A very special thank you to the nurses and staff at Crossings on Chestnut at Cedar Lake, for the loving care and extraordinary compassion given to George. He loved you too!

"So long" Dad, we love you!