Johanna H. "Oma" Schaarschmidt, nee Heissner, 95, of West Bend passed away Friday, Aug. 17, 2007 at Synergy-Health St. Joseph’s Hos-pital.

She was born on June 6, 1912 in Bierstadt, Germany, and sailed to the United States at the age of 18. Johanna lived with her aunt and uncle in Milwaukee until she was united in marriage to Rudolf Schaar-schmidt on July 7, 1940 in Milwaukee. Together they resided in Milwaukee until moving to Friess Lake in 1965.

Johanna loved lake living, and lived for 40 years on Friess Lake, before moving in with her son and daughter-in-law on Little Cedar Lake one year ago. She loved pontoon boat riding, gardening, bird watching (her favoriate bird was the cardinal), and was a great cook and baker. She also loved and owned many Black Labradors. Johanna was a glowing testimony to the chiropractic wellness lifestyle.

Johanna is survived by two children, Janet (Walfred) Wessel of Fort Myers, Fla., and Dr. Kurt (Janine) Schaarschmidt of West Bend; three grandchildren, Can-dace (James) Pennington, Dawn (Carlos) Quan and Robin Wes-sel; six great-grandchildren, Layne, Chase, Gabriella, Gili-anna, Sara and Emilee; a sister-in-law, Sophie Schaarschmidt of Butler; two nephews from Germany, Karl-Heinz and Ger-hard Heissner and their families; other relatives and many wonderful friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rudolf; a brother in Germany, Karl Heisner; and a brother-in-law, Karl Schaarschmidt.

A memorial service to celebrate Johanna’s life will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Myrhum ~ Patten Funeral Home, West Bend. Rev. Victor Hackbarth will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be given to the charity of your choice. Cre-mation took place at Myrhum ~ Patten Funeral & Cremation Service, West Bend.

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