Florence Metzger

Florence Metzger, nee Oetlinger, 90, of West Bend, entered into eternal peace on Sunday, March 19, 2006 at Kathy Hospice.

Florence was born on March 3, 1916 to Frank and Sylvia (nee Reis) Oetlinger in St. Michaels and was raised in the Boltonville and West Bend areas.

During her years of receiving her education, she was a housekeeper, and after high school she worked briefly at Amity Leather Products.

On Sept. 1, 1938 Florence devoted her love and her life to her best friend and soul mate, Ralph R. Metzger. The couple resided in the West Bend area and began a loving family of their own.

She later was a dedicated employee of The West Bend Co. and offered them 25 years of honorable service.

Florence was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in West Bend.

She loved spending time playing cards, bowling, gambling, fishing, and above all, she loved dancing.

Florence will be deeply missed by her loving husband of 67 years, Ralph; her cherished sons, Richard (Karen) Metzger of Jackson and Kenneth Metzger of Arkansas; her treasured grandchildren, Vicki, Debbie, Robert and Ricky; her brother, Lester (Virgilia) Metzger of Alabama; her sister, Camillia (Marvin) Butzke of Campbellsport; and her sister-in-law, Sylva Savic of Muskego.

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

Preceding her in death were her parents and her brother, Elwood Oetlinger.

A funeral service to honor Florence will be held on Thursday, March 23, at 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 140 N. Seventh Ave., West Bend, with Rev. David Schoob officiating.

Entombment will take place in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend.

Visitation with family and friends will be held on Thursday at the church only from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:30 a.m.

The family would like to extend their appreciation for memorials that are offered in lieu of flowers to Trinity Lutheran Church.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.


The family would also like to extend their appreciation and sincere gratitude to all the nurses at Aurora Cancer Center and all the nurses and doctors at Synergy- Health St. Joseph’s Hospital. They would also like to thank Dr. Mosley and Dr. Jella and all the doctors who attended. They were all wonderful.