Clara M. Cook, 95
M. Cook, (nee Wilger), 95, of New Berlin, passed away Saturday, Aug. 14,
2010, at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.
She was born on June 29, 1915, in Barton to the late Nicholas and Anna
(nee Kuehn) Wilger. Clara was raised in Barton and attended St. Mary’s
Grade School. She later worked at Amity Leather Manufacturing until her
marriage to V. Helmer Cook on June 22, 1935, at St. Mary’s Immaculate
Conception Parish. Shortly after their marriage, Helmer and Clara moved to
Clara was a former member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in
Milwaukee and a current member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in
She is survived by three children, Joyce (Daniel) Knippel of Elm Grove,
Mary Ann (Joseph) Esser of New Berlin and Jane Alice (Mark) O’Boyle of
New Berlin; five grandchildren, Mark (Lee Ann) Knippel, Gaylene (J.D.)
Townsley, Joyce Lynne (Peter) McArdle, Megan O’Boyle, and Julie O’Boyle;
six great-grandchildren, Brittany and Lindsey Townsley, Daniel Joseph and
Beau Knippel, Devin and Brooke McArdle; a sister-in-law, Margaret Dorn of
Kewaskum; two brothers-in-law, Floyd Cook of Phelps and Lloyd (Katie) Cook
of West Bend; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Helmer, six sisters and six
A Mass of Christian burial in remembrance of Clara will be held on
Saturday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church in
Nashotah, 120 Nashotah Road. The Rev. Michael Strachota will be the
presider. Visitation will be at the church Saturday from 11 a.m. until the
time of Mass. Burial will be Monday Aug. 23, at 11:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s
Cemetery, West Bend.
Memorials to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church are appreciated by the
Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family.
Online guest book and condolences may be found at
The family wishes to express a heart felt thank you to the doctors and
nursing staff of Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center for the special care
extended to Clara.