Myrtle Schleiden, 85

Myrtle "Mert" Schleiden, 85, of Wausau, formerly of West Bend, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Service at Wausau Manor.

She was born April 20, 1923, in the town of Sherman to Jacob and Ella (Kraemer) Hammen.

Mert grew up on the family farm in Silver Creek. She attended Silver Creek Grade School and graduated from Random Lake High School in 1940.

She worked at the Amity Leather factory during World War II.

Mert was a business owner in West Bend. She owned the West Bend Buy Low grocery store in the mid-í50s and she managed the bar at Weilandís bowling alley. Mert purchased the former Corkyís Bar in downtown West Bend and created Mertís Bar.

Mert was a pioneer as she was the first female to run for mayor of West Bend in the early Ď70s.

Her love of sports was a factor in her sponsoring numerous bowling, softball and basketball teams in the West Bend area. She is memorialized for her contributions to the West Bend Athletic Association at the Quaas Creek Park.

Mert enjoyed traveling, bowling, gardening, needle point, ceramics and the Wisconsin sport teams - the Bucks, the Brewers and especially the Green Bay Packers.

Mert was well known as someone who worked tirelessly to provide and care for her family and her friends, and took care of herself last. She will be forever remembered for her caring ways and her influence on her daughter and her grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter; Dawn Herbst, Wausau; two grandchildren, Debbie Herbst and Doug (Denise) Herbst; one great-grandchild, Erica Heil-Herbst; and brother, Willard Hammen, Random Lake.

Preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Ella Hammen; infant son; siblings, Helga Stahl, Harvey Hammen, Eleanor Miller, Lucille Feiereisen, Clarence Hammen, Verna Goedde, Lorraine Hammen and Frederick Hammen; and two nieces, Velva Rusch and Nina Sinnen.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home.

Mertís headstone is placed in the family plot in the Silver Creek Cemetery in Silver Creek.

Special thanks to all of the staff at the Wausau Manor Nursing Home (including Sushi, the resident cat). The family is eternally thankful for the wonderful, top notch care that Mert received.

Online condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com.