Gertrude Behrens

Funeral services will be held for Gertrude Behrens of Cedarburg at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg. Gertrude passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, at the age of 90. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will take place at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Grafton.

Gertrude "Gertie" (nee Nierode) Behrens was born Dec. 28, 1917 in Freistadt, the daughter of the late Edward and Gertrude (nee Schoessow) Nierode. In 1937, Gertie married Lester Behrens. They resided on the family farm in the town of Cedarburg and retired to Grafton.

Raising chickens, bowling, needlework and bus driving were all important parts of Gertie’s life. Lester and Gertie also enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. Her family really appreciated her famous duck dinners, homemade bread and special Christmas dinners.

Gertie is survived by her loving children, Karen (Jim) Meinert, Edward, (Leila) Behrens and Susan Langworthy. She is further survived by nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Gertie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lester Behrens; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The family extends a warm thank you to Lasata Care Center and Family Tree’s Hamburg Home for the kindness and care they gave to Gertie. In lieu of flowers, memorials of your choice are appreciated. For online condolences, visit