Johanna Gavin

Johanna Gavin, nee Schmidt, 73, of West Bend, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007 at the Samaritan Health Center.

She was born on Nov. 15, 1933 in Nuremberg, Germany to the late Leonard and Betty Schmidt, and on May 7, 1953 in Nuremberg was united in marriage to George Gavin, who was stationed in Germany as part of the U.S. Army.

They came to the United States in 1956 and lived in different areas of Ozaukee and Washington counties until settling in West Bend in 1982.

Johanna worked at Regal Ware in Kewaskum for many years until her retirement in 1982.

She enjoyed gardening, reading and especially camping at the Dells.

Above all, her family was the most important part of her life.

Johanna is survived by her husband, George; five children, Maria Gavin of West Bend, Isabella (Carl) Ray of Fox Lake, Robert (Renee) Gavin of Sheboygan, Michael Gavin of West Bend and Debora (Armando) Manresa of West Bend; four grandchildren, Crystal Gavin, Kayla Gavin, Shentel Manresa and Armando Manresa; two sisters, Betty (Robert) Motte and Agnes Schmidt, both of Florida; a sister-in-law, Marie (Larry) Heinen of Cedar Grove; four brothers-in-law, Robert Gavin and Francis (Joan) Gavin, both of Pueblo, Colo., Edward (Darlene) Gavin and Dale (Beverly) Gavin, both of Lakewood; other relatives and friends.

Memorial services to remember Johanna will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, West Bend.

Deacon Mark Jansen of Holy Angels Catholic Church will officiate.

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

Memorials may be given to the charity of the donorís choice.

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