Gertrude N. Zell, 89

    Gertrude N. Zell (nee Hagedorn), 89, of West Bend, passed away on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation.
    Gertrude was born on June 28, 1920, in Sheboygan to Fred and Frieda (nee Krenzien) Hagedorn.
    She was a graduate of Sheboygan High School class of 1938. After high school, she worked as a telephone operator in Milwaukee until she joined the U.S. Army. She married August E. Zell on Nov. 2, 1943. They moved to West Bend and began their family. Gertrude was a crossing guard for almost 20 years and enjoyed golf, bowling and her card club. She was a member of Pilgrim Ev. Lutheran Church of West Bend.
    Gertrude is survived by her children Dan (Christa) of West Bend, Kenneth of Sheboygan, Tom (Diane) of West Bend, Loren (Susan) of TX, Susan (Scott) Vilter of Milwaukee. She is further survived by her grandchildren Michael (Jennifer), Dr. Mark (Beth), Eric, Andy, Katie (Chris) Pietschmann, Tim (Savannah Etzel), Adam, Christopher, Brian, Talisha, Nicole and Natalie Vilter, 7 great-grandchildren, brother Frederick Hagedorn of Green-dale, brother-in-law Elmer (Audrey) Zell of West Bend, sister-in-law Sally Zell of Osh-kosh, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband August, grandson John, Sister Doris Jasch-inski, brother-in-law Stanley Zell.
    A funeral service will be at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at Pilgrim Ev. Lutheran Church, West Bend, with Rev. Joseph Fisher officiating. Interment to follow the service at Washington County Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the church only on Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon.
    Memorials are appreciated to the American Cancer Society or Pilgrim Ev. Lutheran Church.
    The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. 338-2050/www.phillipfuneralhome.com.