Werner H. Menck

An idle barge, I canít partake
In my fair share of activities.
Iím victim of a fickle mistake:
An incurable, durable disease.

At his Cedarburg home in the care of family and friends Werner H. Menck ended his long battle with multiple sclerosis Tuesday, May 26, 2009.

Werner was a steady and methodical man who loved his life and demanded to live each day to the fullest. Thanks to his many caregivers he lived a life of quiet dignity and enterprise.

Now indisposed, musing emerges - Meditation, cerebral exercise. Daydreaming, subliminal purges; Needs for creative enterprise.

After losing the use of his arms and legs, he used his heart and head to become a prolific creative thinker, author, artist, and poet. With his computer and voice activation technology he took control of his world and authored several books and hundreds of poems about his family, childhood memories, religious faith, the natural world, and his beloved Cedarburg.

Laid aside Cedar Creek to employ its power, it mystique.

Still teeming with tradition, this place is for me a coalition- a quaint, yet modern combination of houses, stores, and foliation for people mostly of German stock; churches on nearly every block: mostly Lutheran, but other kinds, plus able schools to mold the mind.

Werner graduated from Wauwatosa East High School in 1950. He earned an undergraduate degree from Ripon College in 1954 and an MBA from Indiana University. From 1955 to 1957 he was an Army officer stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Wernerís executive business career with Louis Allis, Polaroid and Gould Electronics spanned 30 years.

Werner was the cherished husband of Willa (nee Widerborg); dearest father of Ric (Laura), Linda and Jessica Claire; dear brother of Herman R. (Cynthia); and brother-in-law of Rhea (the late Dr. Ronald) Kalkhoff. He is further survived by other relatives.

Wernerís family would like to thank the many special people who cared for Werner in their own unique way. Each gave him an unconditional gift of a quality life: Pastor Dave Blackmer of the First Methodist Church, frequent visitor high school friend Peter Murray, Heartland Home Care and Hospice, Terry and Noelle, Cindi, Ryan, Tammy, Jennifer, Kathy, Char and her butterflies, Darci and the beautiful music her choirs shared with Werner every Christmas season, and dear family members Rhea, Richard, Karen, Leanne, and William.

When two each entertain
And sated, on conceives;
Such plan delivers pain
That God thru birth relieves.
When lifeís repeating strain,
Like trees with mottled leaves;
Such plan delivers pain
That God thru grace relieves.
When life begins to wane
And moribund unweaves;
Such plan delivers pain
That God thru death relieves.

All of the poems in this obituary were authored by Werner and collected in his Naturally Speaking: Poetic Reflections.

Mueller Funeral Home of Cedarburg assisted the family. For online condolences, please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.co