Beatrice C. Stark, 88

Beatrice C. Stark (Landwehr) of Kaukauna, formerly of West Bend, passed away on Jan. 20, 2009, at the age of 88 at her residence.

She was born on Nov. 8, 1920, in Isaar to the late Joseph and Catherine (Eisch) Landwehr, the ninth of 11 children.

Bea was joined in marriage to Eugene J. Stark on Sept. 27, 1941, in Isaar. Eugene predeceased Nov. 15, 2006.

Before settling in West Bend in 1951, she lived in Appleton, Berlin and Milwaukee.

Bea and Gene relocated to the St. Paul assisted living facility in Kaukauna in August 2005.

Bea was a dedicated, spiritfilled mother who made home a comfortable place to be. When her children were grown, she worked for the West Bend School District with the foodservice department for 16 years prior to her retirement.

She found her relaxation in gardening (minifarming) and card playing, excelling in both. Also, she loved to sew, knit and crochet, and made crafts for many occasions and holidays.

She traveled some with her husband to visit children in Mexico, Costa Rica and Hawaii following retirement, but found her greatest enjoyment living simply in West Bend.

Survivors include five sons, Ronald (Joanne) of Seneca, S.C., James (Cindy) of Superior, Richard (Marcy) of Lake Ridge, Va., Robert of Slinger and Terry of Madison; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alice Fermanich of Appleton and Myrtle (Eugene) Prisco of Pelham Manor, N.Y.; one brother, John (Marilyn) Landwehr of Appleton; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by an infant son; five sisters, Josephine (Alfred) Palmer, Lorraine (John) Rhode, Lucille (Victor) Lotter, Margaret (August) Hack and Susie (Louis) Williams; one brother-in-law, Don Fermanich; and one sister-in-law, Germaine Landwehr.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 138 N. Eighth Ave., West Bend, with Fr. Richard Wendell presiding.

Burial will follow in Holy Angels Cemetery.

The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation at the church only on Tuesday from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m.

The family has requested memorials to the Holy Angels School Trust Fund or Holy Angels Parish.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.