Agatha W. Laufer

Agatha W. Laufer, nee Esselmann, 97, of West Bend died on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008 at Synergy- Health St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She was born on Oct. 8, 1910 in the town of Trenton to the late Richard N. and Katherine (nee Steilen) Esselmann.

Following her marriage to Mark G. Laufer of Sept. 17, 1929 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Newburg, the couple lived in West Bend for a short time before settling on the Laufer family farm in the town of Trenton.

In 1969, they passed on the family farm to a family member. They then split their time between West Bend and Phelps where they has a cottage home.

Mark predeceased Dec. 12, 1978.

For many years, Agatha worked as a clerk at the West Bend Woolen Mills store.

A favorite past-time of hers was playing cards, especially sheepshead and scat.

She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Parish and the Young At Heart Club.

Survivors include seven children: Doris Backes of Mequon, Beverly Winkler of West Bend, Eugene (Glenda) of West Bend, Kay (Harvey) Wester of Fredonia, Thomas (Shirley) of West Bend, James (Sandra) of West Bend and Sandy (Tony) Blake of Woodland Hills, Calif.; 26 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Marie Kraus of West Bend; a sister-in-law, Joyce Esslemann; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by two grandsons, Gerald Winkler and Charles Zimdars; two sons-in-law, Dan Backes and John Winkler; a daughter-in-law, Noreen Laufer; and eight brothers and sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church with Father Jeff Haines presiding.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Angels Cemetery, West Bend.

Visitation will be at the church only on Friday from 4 until 6:15 p.m.

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

Agatha’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staffs of Riverway Place and SynergyHealth St. Joseph’s Hospital for the care and compassion shown to Agatha.