Paula A. Didier

Paula A. Didier, nee Gustke, 48, of West Bend, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 at the Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice in Wauwatosa.

She was born on July 5, 1959 in Laona, to Roger and Audrey (nee Ripley) Gustke, and on Jan. 16, 1982 she was united in marriage to Jim Didier at St. Paulís Catholic Church in Mosinee.

Paula began her 19-year career in materials engineering at J.I. Case in Wausau. She then moved on to Praxair Surface Technolo-gies in Appleton, where she continued to hone her engineering skills.

In 2001, Paula began work with the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. at the Product Development Center in Wauwatosa, where she re-mained until her death.

Paula enjoyed spending time with her family at the cottages in Minocqua. She was also fond of trips to Bayfield.

Paula was also an avid quilter and liked to take motorcycle rides in the country side.

Of all the things she did well, she was the best and most proud of being a mom to her children.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; two sons, Will Didier of Beaver Dam, and Cody Didier of West Bend; her parents, Roger and Audrey Gustke of Waupaca; a sister, Gina (Dan) Ricci of Onalaska; two brothers, Dana (Ronda) Gustke of Waupaca, and Boyd (Dorinda) Gustke of Merrill; her parents-in-law, Les and Marge Didier of Wauwatosa; three sisters-in-law, Leslie (Bill) Duyser of Wauwatosa, Mary Beth (Jim) Murray of Whitefish Bay and Sally Didier of Hartland; three brothers-in-law, Steve (Julie) Didier of Waukesha, Chris (Lori) Didier of Mequon and John (Jill) Didier of Wauwatosa.

She is further survived by aunts, uncles, numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 1025 S. Seventh Ave., West Bend.

Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorials in honor of Paula can be made to:

Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, Division of Neoplastic Diseases., FWC 3963A, 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53226

Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service, West Bend, is assisting the family.

Online guest book and condolences may be found at www. myrhum-patten.com

Paula's family offers a special word of thanks to the kind and caring staff at the MCW Froedtert Clinics and Hospital. You know who you are. God bless you.