Phyllis Liebenstein, 84

Mrs. Phyllis Liebenstein, 84, of West Bend, formerly of Port Washington, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 11, 1924, in Parkston, S. D., daughter of Ernest and Martha (Fuerst) Wuertzer.

She graduated from Parkston High School and moved to Port Washington in 1943 where she secured a secretarial position at Kieckhafer Corp. in Cedarburg.

On Sept. 22, 1945, she married Edward C. Liebenstein. The couple farmed in the town of Port Washington until moving to West Bend in 1995.

Phyllis was a devoted wife and beloved mother of five children. She enjoyed baking, gardening, sewing and various other crafts.

She was a member of Grand Ave. United Methodist Church in Port Washington where she enjoyed the fellowship of the Ladies Aid and sang in the church choir for many years.

In addition to her husband of 63 years, Phyllis is survived by three daughters, Lynette Devine of Kennesaw, Ga., Sharon Laux and Shirley Henning, both of West Bend; two sons Gerald (Dianne) Liebenstein of Normal, Ill. and Brian Liebenstein of Rockford, Ill.; six grandsons, Michael (Michelle) Liebenstein, Scott (Barbi) Henning, Kevin (Heather) Laux, Curtis Liebenstein, Eric and Kyle Henning; six granddaughters Sara (George) Carter, Melissa (Ben) Doetch, Cheryl Laux, Aimee Liebenstein, Rebecca Henning and Dana Liebenstein; two great-grandsons, Caden and Grant Liebenstein; sister Marcella Heitzman of Parkston, S.D.; and two sisters-in-law, Lillian and Delores Wuertzer.

She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Raymond, Norman, Louis and Donald Wuertzer; and one grandson, Jeffrey Devine.

Funeral at 3 p.m., Saturday at Grand Ave. United Methodist Church, 505 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington with Pastor David Guse officiating.

Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Port Washington. Visitation at the church Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Memorials to Grand Ave. United Methodist Church appreciated. The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is assisting the family.

Online condolences can be sent to www.eernissefuneralhome.com.