Hertha E. Zirbel, 97

Hertha E. Zirbel (Lau), 97, of West Bend, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at the Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center in West Bend.

She was born to the late Louis and Mary (Martin) Lau on May 23, 1911, in Huilsburg, town of Herman, in Dodge County, and married Alfons R. Zirbel on May 3, 1941, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Herman.

Hertha was employed at several canning companies and several shoe companies, before retiring from Amity Leather Co. in 1973.

She was an avid Brewer fan, enjoyed playing sheepshead, dancing and gardening.

Her determination and pleasant and spirited personality was enjoyed by all who knew her.

Hertha is survived by two daughters, Emily (Paul) Land of Fond du Lac and Carolyn (James) Pamperin of West Bend; and son-in-law, Robert (Mary) Zuern of Allenton. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Sharon (Timothy) Zolp, Brenda Pamperin, John Pamperin, Lana (Damian) Buttke, Barbara (Jesse) Pomeroy, Thomas (Denise) Zuern and Brian Zuern; and seven great-grandchildren, Brandon and Justin Zolp, Clayton, Mason and Stone Pomeroy, and Kyle and Tyler Zuern; and sister-in-law, Gertrude Kuhnke.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alfons; a daughter, Marilyn Zuern; a brother, Raymond (Phyllis) Lau; sisters-in-law, Adeline (Walter) Gunst, Linda (Fred) Nehm, Marcella (Lawrence) Jens; and a brother-in-law, Wilmer Kuhnke.

Funeral services for Hertha will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend with the Rev. Kenneth M. Bittdorf officiating.

Visitation will be Thursday from 4 p.m. until the time of service, 7 p.m.

Interment will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Herman.

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