Kathryn E. Degner, 89


Kathryn E. Degner (nee Baer), 89, of West Bend, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at Virginia Highlands Health and Rehabilitation Center in Germantown.

She was born Aug. 16, 1920, in the town of Trenton to the late George and Katherine (nee Hembel) Baer and married Harold T. Degner on June 5, 1948, at Immanuel U.C.C. in West Bend. Harold preceded her in death.

Kathryn was raised and worked on the family farm in the town of Trenton until her marriage. Following her marriage the couple moved around the area while Harold worked for the C&NW Railroad. They lived in West Bend until moving to Campbellsport in 1951. They then settled in Kewaskum in 1956 before moving back to West Bend in 1964.

She enjoyed gardening, sewing and baking. Kathryn was a devout Christian and was a member of the quilters at Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her two children, Neal (Erika) of Germantown and Corrine (Richard) Higgins of Hutchinson, Minn.; and four grandchildren, Sigrid Degner of Germantown, Kurt Degner of Germantown, John (Sarah) Higgins of Eau Claire and Anne (Brad) Anderson of Peoria, Ill. Kathryn was to become a great-grandmother this summer. She is further survived by a sister-in-law, Edith Degner of West Bend; a brother-in-law, Walter Degner of West Bend; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, George and Katherine Baer; her husband, Harold; a brother in infancy and a sister in infancy.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 25, 2010, at 4 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend with the Rev. Christopher Raffa of Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will take place Monday at 10 a.m. in Washington County Memorial Park. Visitation will be Sunday, at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church are appreciated.

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