Helen P. Ackerman

Helen Pearl Ackerman, nee Tennies, 95, of Little Cedar Lake, West Bend passed away peacefully at the Kathy Hospice on Dec. 31, 2007.

Helen was born and raised on the family farm on July 5, 1912 in the town of West Bend, the daughter of the late Henry and Anna (nee Willkom) Tennies.

On June 20, 1933 she was united in marriage to Louis Ackerman at St. Peterís Catholic Church in Slinger. Together they raised their family and ran the Ackerman farm for more than 56 years.

They continued to run Ackermanís Grove Boat Rental on Little Cedar Lake where they made many friendships through the renters they had on the lake and through the people that came to enjoy the lake.

Helen loved living near the lake, whether it was fishing with her grandchildren or just to make sure everyone was obeying the rules. She was a hard worker and never took no for an answer.

She always ended a conversation with "So thatís the story"

Their land was later sold to Washington County becoming Ackermanís Grove County Park, a wonderful tribute to Louis and Helen.

Her husband preceded her in death on Sept. 7, 1989.

Helen was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in West Bend.

Helen is survived by two children, Esther Gerner and Richard (Betty) Ackerman, both of West Bend; seven grandchildren, Peter (Jeri) Gerner of West Bend, Penny (Jeff) Maletzke of Sheboygan, Paulette (Paul) Mayou of Waupaca, Terri (George) Zapuch-lak of Wisconsin Dells, Sherri (Wayne) Gudex of West Bend, Bonny (Jack) Ruelle of Jackson and Carrie (Chris) Guse of West Bend; nine great-grandchildren, Clint Gerner, Nicole and Erin Maletzke, Eric Ackerman, Wyatt Gudex, Max and Katy Ruelle, Kira and Paige Guse; a great-great-grandchild; five step- great-grandchildren and five step- great-great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by her sisters, Ceil Strupp of West Bend and Betty Straub of Fond du Lac; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her parsents-in-law, Joseph and Hedwick (nee Wegner) Ackerman; her husband, Louis; a son-in-law, Howard Gerner; seven brothers, John (Gertrude) Tennies, Phillip (Theresa) Tennies, Benedict (Kate) Tennies, Peter (Norma) Tennies, George Tennies, Webster (Inez) Tennies and Henry Tennies in infancy; a sister, Catherine Tennies in infancy; five sisters-in-law, Lesetta (Charles) Voigt, Clara (Frank) Peters, Lillian (Paul) Schloemer, Viola Tennies and Theresa Ackerman; and three brothers-in-law, Edwin (Eloise) Ackerman, Isadore Strupp and Venice Straub.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in West Bend, with Rev. Jeffrey Haines presiding.

Burial will follow in Washing-ton County Memorial Park, West Bend.

Visitation will be Friday at the church only from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kathy Hospice or to the charity of the donorís choice.

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


The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Herdrich and his staff at the West Bend Clinic, Touchstone Assisted Living and the Kathy Hospice for the kind and compassionate care they gave to Helen.