Norbert A. Bingen

Norbert A. Bingen, 79, entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007 at The Kathy Hospice, town of Polk.

Norbert was born on June 27, 1927 in Allenton to the late John and Katherine (nee Piersch) Bingen.

After graduating from West Bend High School in 1944, he served in the United States Army and was then employed by the Gehl Co.

On July 10, 1948, Norbert married Alice Bodden. In 1953, they moved to Allenton to farm and raise their family.

He was a very active member of Resurrection Catholic Church (formerly Sacred Heart Parish), where he served as a lector, reader, usher and trustee for many years.

He valued his role as a distributor of Holy Communion to the homebound.

Norbert served on the board of directors and as president of the Washington County Farm Bur-eau. He also served on the advisory board for UW-Extension Agri-culture Education in Washington County and on the Board of Directors of Farmers Inc. of Allenton.

Norbert enjoyed sports as a participant, especially baseball, and as a spectator, particularly watching his children and grandchildren.

He was an avid sheepshead player and learned to enjoy ballroom dancing. He became quite accomplished and even taught dance classes.

After retirement, Norbert found more time to travel, garden with Alice, and build furniture and birdhouses.

Most of all, he cherished the additional quality time he spent with his grandchildren.

He will be deeply missed by Alice, his best friend and loving wife of 58 years who gave endless love and support.

Survivors include his children, Steve (Michelle), Jane (Jerry) Pflughoeft, Elaine (Dave) Stra-chota, John (Nancy) and Bob (Kelly); and his sisters, Veronica Yogerst and Virginia Weyer.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Andy (Amber), Dayna, Samantha, Ryan, Zack, Chelsea and Jillian Bingen, Matt and Adam Strachota, and step-grandchildren, Mike (Aimee) and David (Kristin) Pflughoeft.

He has many surviving nieces and nephews, friends and relatives.

His surviving in-laws are, Eleanor Miller, Leo (Delores) Bodden, Esther (Tony) Kirsch, Flora (Dick) Johnston, Loretta Sauer, Al (Ann) Bodden and Norma Bodden.

Norbert was preceded in death by his brothers, Leo (Dorothy), Raymond, Clarence and Wilmer; a sister, Marie Konrath; brothers-in-law, Andy Yogerst, Jim Weyer, Tony Konrath, Lee Miller, Peter (Helen) Bodden, Bernard Bodden and Wally Sauer; a nephew, Jim Weyer; and a niece and godchild, Wendy Bodden.

A Mass of Christian Burial to honor the life of Norbert will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 215 Main St., Allenton, with Father Rick Stoffel presiding.

Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Visitation with family and friends will be held at the church only on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.

The family would like to extend their appreciation for memorials that are offered in honor of Norbert to The Kathy Hospice or Resurrection Parish.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Mapledale Manor, St. Joseph’s Hospital, The Kathy Hospice, Dr. Robert Gibson, Father Rick Stoffel, the ministry people of Resurrection Parish and his dear sister, Virginia, for her love and support.