Sylvia K. Heinecke

Sylvia K. Heinecke, nee Kohl, age 95, of Allenton, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007 at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center, West Bend.

She was born on March 14, 1912 in Kohlsville to the late Henry and Elizabeth (nee Ruffing) Kohl.

Sylvia attended Marx School in the town of Wayne and won the Washington County Spelling Bee in 1925.

On Oct. 22, 1932 she was united in marriage to Harvey Benedum at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Kohlsville. Together they farmed in the town of Wayne.

During her years on the farm, Sylvia became an avid gardener and enjoyed playing bingo at community picnics.

The couple retired from the farm in 1969 and moved to Allenton.

Sylvia then started working at the Fireside Restaurant in Allenton, until retiring in 1986.

Harvey preceded her in death in 1973, and Sylvia was later united in marriage to Edwin Heinecke at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in the town of Wayne on Oct. 18, 1980. Edwin also preceded her in death in 1984.

Sylvia was a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in the town of Wayne.

She enjoyed playing skat and sheepshead, bird watching, old time music and being a gracious hostess.

She is survived by her brother, Otto Kohl of Kohlsville; a niece, Janice (Harold) Ehlke of Jackson; a great-niece, Lisa (Jonathan) Ninmer of Milwaukee; a great- nephew, Daniel Ehlke of Allenton; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Erna Kohl.

Funeral services to remember Sylvia will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, West Bend, with Rev. Steve Bode officiating.

Visitation will be Wednesday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of service.

Burial will be Thursday at 10 a.m. in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend.

Memorials to Zion Church are appreciated by the family.

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