Edward W. Furger

Edward W. Furger, 92, of West Bend died on Friday, May 26, 2006 at Kathy Hospice in the town of Polk.

He was born on March 17, 1914 in Marathon City to the late Balthasar and Anna (nee Ruplinger) Furger.

In 1930, he settled in West Bend, and then became em-ployed at the West Bend Co. In 1976, he retired as a production foreman.

On July 29, 1939, he was united in marriage to Kathryn D. Mrazik at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Newburg.

He loved keeping a beautiful yard and garden, which was acknowledged by receiving the West Bend Mayorís Beautification Award in 1999.

Edís strong work ethic and determination were shared with his wife and were passed on to their children. This allowed them to also achieve, appreciate and value the simpler things and moments in life.

His most famous quote was, "Work never hurt anyone." He had a knack for inventing items. If a friend needed a part to make something work, Ed could manufacture just the item. He was an artist, and he had a passion for recycling and creating yard art.

He was a member of the 25 Year Club at the West Bend Co. and a charter member of St. Frances Cabrini Parish.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn; three children, Nancy (Jerry) Mehring, Gary (Peggy) and Lin (Patrick) Griffin, all of West Bend; nine grandchildren, Patrick (Nina) Mehring of Maui, Hawaii, Jeffrey (Tamiyo) Meh-ring of Waikoloa, Hawaii, Robb (Ayumi) Mehring of Honolulu, Hawaii, Shannon MacFarlane of Chicago, Adam Furger of West Bend, Michael Furger of Goodfell-ow Air Force Base, Texas, Monique Furger of West Bend and Cole and Jimmy Griffin of West Bend; four great-grandchildren Sho, Zeb, Marley and Nana-mi Mehring; two sisters-in-law, Mildred Furger of Milwaukee and Rita (Willard) Schwinn of Fillmore; two brothers-in-law Steve Rossman and Franklin Mrazik, both of West Bend; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one son, James, and 14 brothers and sisters: Rose Kittel, William, Regina Harms, Phillip, Loretta Paasch, Alphons, Alvina Glade, George, Magdaline Gomer, Killian, Roman, Ann Rossman, Ervin and an infant.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church with Father Jeff Haines presiding. Burial will be Wednes-day at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Angels Cemetery. Visitaiton will be at the church only on Tuesday from 3 until 5:45 p.m. .

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to the St. Frances Cabrini Education Fund.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family, www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.