Evelyn Cordelia Wernicke

Evelyn Cordelia Wernicke was born May 1, 1922, to Elsie and Ed Lein. She and her twin brother, Elmer, joined their brothers, Ray, Alfred and Richard.

On Tuesday, March 18, 2008, Evelyn, 85, joined her brothers.

After her graduation from Girls Technical High, she met Marvin on one of her summer jaunts to West Bend.

Evelyn and Marvin were married at Bethel Lutheran Church on Valentine’s Day 1942. They then moved in with Marvin’s father in West Bend.

Together, Evelyn and Marvin had five children, Marvin, Diane, Bob, Patricia and Nancy.

Both Marvin Jr. and Patsy preceded Evelyn in death. Her husband, Marvin died in 1999 and gave Evelyn the task of loving all of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Throughout her life, Evelyn ran a girls’ softball league, worked at Sears, Pennys, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s office and retired from the Milwaukee Police Department.

Even in her retirement Evelyn was active in Senior Olympics and loved to go with her husband to various senior hostels where they continued to learn.

Evelyn and Marvin also played dart ball at the Northwest Senior Center.

Evelyn and Marvin were instrumental in the formation of a Wisconsin Synod camping program that took kids out of the city and into a beautiful rural setting.

Evelyn loved to swim and fish, and the camp setting was perfect to let her teach young people those skills.

Evelyn lived at Harwood Assisted Living and most recently The Lutheran Home.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Diane, Bob (Judy Zepplin) and Nancy (Ken) Howard; her grandchildren, Christine (Cal) Wetzel, Tim (Brenda) Wernicke, Cheryl Wernicke, Michelle (Sam) Izhiman, Pam (Pat) McDonough and Kate (Dan) Nelson; her great grand children, Zach, Tyler and Hope Wernicke and Alexis, Case and Andrew Izhiman; and the newest love of her life, Shannon McDonough.

Evelyn is also survived by one sister-in-law, Delores Lein of Lakeland, Fla.

Evelyn will be laid to rest at Wisconsin Memorial Park next to her husband, son and parents.

Visitation will be held at Wisconsin Memorial Park on Saturday, March 22, from 3 to 4 p.m., with services at 4 p.m.

Interment will be private.

The family suggests Memori-als to The Zilber Hospice in Wauwatosa or Redemption Lutheran Church.

Church and Chapel is assisting the family, 262-827-0659.