Edward W. Kreis, 66

Edward W. "Mr. Concertina" Kreis, 66, of West Bend, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, due to heart complications.

He was born to Edward and Deloris (Lovelace) Kreis on June 9, 1942.

Edward was a talented concertina player and devoted much of his life to playing, transposing music and giving lessons to his friends. He also enjoyed camping, woodworking, creating new recipes and especially spending time with his grandchildren. He had a unique sense of humor and was always the first to try to get someone to laugh, often at his own expense.

Edward is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Mauritz); his daughter, Erica Neubauer; and her children, Samantha and Vanessa; his son, Edward V. and Elizabeth (Haywood), Canada; and their children, Tyler, James. Alexis and Alayna; his step-children Brian (Debbie) Smith and their children Sarah and Zachary, Penny (Butch) Dimmer and their children Justin (Heather), Andrew, Josh and Jessie. Further survived by his sisters Shirley (Donald) Bechler, Jane (Richard) Bechler, Beatrice (friend Bill) Kowal, Barbara (Jerry) Merkt, mother-in-law Beryl Mauritz, Nikki his loving canine companion, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his parents and sister Joann Schairer.

A funeral service in honor of Edward will be on Saturday at 11:30 , 7750 Highway 144, West Bend, with Rev. Robert A. Korytkowski officiating.

Visitation will be a the church only on Saturday, from 9:30 am until time of service, 11:30 a.m.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, 338-2050.