Margaret M. Collien, 105
Margaret M. Collien (Ries) of West Bend
died on Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at Hawthorn Manor at the age of 105.
She was born on April 20, 1903, in the town of LeRoy to the late Peter and
Mary (Gruber) Ries.
Following her marriage to William H. Collien on June 6, 1923, at St.
Andrews Church in LeRoy, they moved to Mayville.
In 1949, the moved to West Bend where they made their home.
Margaret then became employed at J.C.Penney in West Bend as a seamstress
doing alterations and later became a sales clerk.
After retiring in the early 1960s, she, along with her husband, worked at
St. Vincent DePaul in West Bend where they also volunteered.
William predeceased her May 24, 1991.
She was a charter member of St. Frances Cabrini Parish.
Survivors include three daughters, Arlene Schmidt, Eileen Duenkel and
Jeanne (Robert) Lauson, all of West Bend; 14 grandchildren; 24
greatgrandchildren; four great-greatgrandchildren; other relatives and
She was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Chet Schmidt and Albert
Duenkel; one grandsonin-law, Richard Heisdorf; and two brothers, Harold
and Edward Ries.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, at St. Frances
Cabrini Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Wild, Margaretís nephew,
Entombment will be at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, at Wash-ington County Memorial
Visitation will be at the church only on Friday from 4 p.m. until 5:45
Memorials to St. Frances Cabrini Parish are appreciated.
Margaretís family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the
staff at Hawthorn Manor for their care and friendship, and to the nurses
of Horizon Hospice.
The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family, www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.