Lucille "Tudy" Palt Eisen

Lucille "Tudy" Palt Eisen, 94, of West Bend died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the Samaritan Health Center in West Bend.

She was born Dec. 2, 1914, in West Bend to the late Edwin and Josephine (nee Jansen) Miller and married Charles T. Palt on Aug. 24, 1935, in Waukegan, Ill. Charles preceded her in death on Jan. 25, 1966. She then married Harold Eisen on Aug. 6, 1969, also in Waukegan, Ill. Harold preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 1997.

Tudy worked in the tavern and restaurant business for many years. She co-owned the Bar N Ranch in the 1940s, co-managed the restaurant in the Mermac Tavern in the 1950s and owned, with Charles, the Brown Derby on Big Cedar Lake in the 1960s.

She was a member of the Fred A. Schaefer post 1393 V.F.W. Auxiliary.

Survivors include her two children, Patricia (Claude) Duernberger of West Bend and James (Marjorie) Palt of Greenfield; four grandchildren, David (Kristen) Duernberger of New Hallow, N.J., Dennis Duernberger of Hustisford, Douglas Duernberger of Fond du Lac and Michael (Brenda) Duernberger of Rubicon; and ten great-grandchildren, Michelle Koerber, Andrew, Kyle, Eric, Cassandra, Dennis Jr., Shayla, Nicholas, Joshua and Sadee Rose Duernberger. She is further survived by two great-great-grandchildren, Mason Koerber and Marissa Koerber; a brother, Edwin (Lucile) Miller of Jackson; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Miller of West Bend and Rose Kuehl of Kewaskum; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Tudy is preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Josephine Miller; her husbands, Charles Palt and Harold Eisen; a sister, Marcella Michels; and three brothers, Roman Miller, Lee Miller and Harvey Miller.

Our dear mother and grandmother belonged to no one organization in particular.

Her living motto was always "family first." She cared deeply about her children and grandchildren and until stricken with Alzheimerís, her great-grandchildren also.

She was an extremely hard working, successful business woman in her younger life, and shared generously with brothers and sister, children and grandchildren and many friends.

In the toughest times, her generosity and caring and listening ear showed up the most.

Her many friendships benefited frequently, as she was always first in line to help, no matter how big or small the task.

Her will to live, even in the throes of Alzheimerís, will always be remembered by those of us who knew and loved her dearly. She was our "rock." If she was a soldier at war, she would have been granted the medal of honor more than once.

We will miss you dearly "Mother" and "Grandmother," but we will remember you always and will be comforted to know you are now resting in Godís peace.

A Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, May 29, 2009, at 6 p.m. at St. Maryís Immaculate Conception Church in West Bend with the Rev. Michael Moran presiding. Burial will be Saturday in Holy Angels Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday at the church only from 4 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online condolences and guestbook are available at