Joan H. Werbelow

Joan H. Werbelow (Hartwig) of West Bend, 69, died on Thursday, Oct., 16 2008.

Born to Emil and Dora (Wolf) Hartwig on Nov. 26, 1938, in Bonduel.

Joan graduated from Bonduel High School in 1957.

She married Elmer L. Werbelow on Nov. 23, 1957.

Joan worked at Regal Ware in Kewaskum from 1968 until 1970; she then worked as a nursing assistant at the Samaritan Home in West Bend from 1970 until 1977. From there, she worked the next 30 years at Serigraph Inc., where she was respected, admired and loved. She retired in April of 2007.

Joan is survived by her spouse, Elmer L. Werbelow; her eight children, Rick (Claudette) Werbelow, Linda (Daryl) Duenkel, Bonnie (Kurt) Rasmussen, Gayle (Mark) Brodzeller, Cheryl (David) Filo, Daniel (Kelly) Werblow, Shawn Werbelow and Bryan Werbelow; 12 grandchildren, Jeramy (Tammy) Werbelow, Shane, Wayne, David, Rachel (Ryan) Koeferl, Bryanne, Nathan, Katelyn, Jesse, Shelby, Cierra and Conrad. She is further survived by her brothers, Kenneth Hartwig, Roger (Joy) Hartwig, David (Jeannie) Hartwig; and her sister, Ruth (Orvil) Hartleben.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; her oldest son, Mark, on Aug. 21, 1976; her sister Ethel Lemberger; and one grandchild, Nicolas, who passed on Oct. 14, 1995.

Joan was a baptized Jehovah’s Witness. She had a very strong faith and hopes to see her family and friends again in the new system.

Special thanks to the brothers and sisters at the Kingdom Hall, also to her friends and extended family for bringing meals and loving support.

Extra thanks to the immediate family for working together and supporting one another.

Mom loves us all and we will always love and deeply miss her.

A funeral service for Joan will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, WI 53095).

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 p.m. until the time of service, 6 p.m.

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