Gwenyth N. Hartmann “Gwen” (nee Searle)

Gwenyth N. Hartmann “Gwen” (nee Searle) of West Bend passed away on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at Kathy Hospice at the age of 94 years. She was born on April 3, 1915 in Piqua, Ohio to Edward and Helen (nee McMaken) Searle.

Gwen was a sales supervisor for Gimbels Department Store. She was a quilter, loved to knit, spin wool, basketry, crochet, painting, stamping, sewing and stitchery. Gwen was also active at Northbrook Church and participated in various organizations.

Gwen is survived by her daughter Kathie (Tom) Zirtzlaff, grandchildren Kimberly (Tom) Matthews, Jennifer (Ted) Gallun, Presilda Zirtzlaff and Mark (Carrie) Zirtzlaff, great grandchildren Michael, Katelyn, AnaMarie, Kiera, MaryKate and Kylie, her sister Betty (David) Fritz Borchard, loving nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Gwen was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Louis.

A memorial service for Gwen will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Northbrook Church, 4014 Highway 167, Richfield with Rev. Robert W. Boerner officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to Kathy Hospice are appreciated.

The family would to express a special Thank You to the staff at Kathy Hospice for their care and compassion for Gwen.

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