Merle Phyllis Andersen

Merle Phyllis Andersen, 95, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008 at Park View Health Center.

She was born on Nov. 4, 1912 in Winneconne, to Alfred and Katherine (Korn) Andersen.

After graduating from Winneconne High School, Merle completed her studies at the Oshkosh Business College.

She was employed for over 30 years as an executive secretary for the White House Milk Co. of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. first in Winneconne, then in Manitowoc and finally in West Bend.

After the closure of the White House Milk Co., she worked for the B.C. Zeigler Co. and later as a legal secretary for the Schloemer Law Offices in West Bend.

She was active in the Business and Professional Women’s Association.

Merle finally retired in 1981 and moved to Neenah.

She was well read and had a variety of interests. She assisted with the cataloging of the Winchester Academy Library.

Merle enjoyed traveling, adored children and loved taking pictures. She was well known for her crafts and her beautiful crocheting.

She will also be remembered for her great schaum tortes, sugar cookies and Danish Christmas soup, her love of classical music and her appreciation for beautiful flowers.

Most of all she will be remembered for her incredible wit and the joy she brought to those around her.

Merle is survived by her sister, Almida Haldemann; and her nieces and nephews and their families, Sue Haldemann, Shelley Goding Rivera (Kurt Miller), Chad Goding, Jared Rivera, Maureen Johnson, John Andersen, Joey Wenzel (Gerald), Kathryn Sullivan, Michael Wenzel (Maggie), Kristen Owens (Tom), Allen Andersen (Karla), Jasen Andersen, Scott Andersen, Beth Meilahn (David), Megan Jourdan (Gary), Becky Mielke (Jake); and numerous cousins and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Merle was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Vernon Andersen (Elaine) and Ivan Andersen (Dorothy); a brother-in-law, Louis Haldemann; and two nephews, Mark and Jay Haldemann.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 1, at 11 a.m. at the Westgor Funeral Home, 205 W. Doty Ave., Neenah, with the Rev. Paul Holte officiating.

Visitation will be on Saturday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

A memorial in Merle’s name has been established.

The family would like to thank the fourth floor nursing staff of Park View Health Center for their loving and dedicated care of "Merle-the-Pearl," especially during her final days.