Clara M. Cook, 95

Clara 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 Milwaukee.

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 Nashotah.

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 brothers.

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 family.

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.