Gertrude Buczek, 88

Gertrude Buczek, 88, of West Bend, died on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at Aurora Medical Center-Washington County in Hartford.

She was born on Nov. 16, 1922, in Mequon to the late Frank and Victoria (nee Skowron) Buczek.

After graduating from Cedarburg High School, she attended Marquette University, earning a degree in nursing. For many years, she worked at various Milwaukee-area hospitals. In 1970, she moved to West Bend and became employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a registered nurse, and later the nursing director. For a short time, she also worked at the health care center of Cedar Community.

In addition to volunteer work, Gertrude also enjoyed golfing.

She was a member of the Marquette Alumni Association, Women Of The Moose West Bend Chapter 732, Partners in Caring at St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Stephen Ministry and the Abiders Ministry.

Survivors include two nieces and six nephews, June (Joe) Vercelotti of Hilton Head, S.C., Dorothy Kleinke of West Bend, Paul (Donna) Buczek of Campbellsport, John Buczek of Campbellsport, Richard Buczek of Campbellsport, Edward (Judy) Buczek of Milwaukee, Joe (Barbara) Buczek of Port Washington and James (Donna) Buczek of Green Bay; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Metz; and four brothers, Edmund, John, Joseph and Walter.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael Moran presiding. Entombment will be Saturday at 10:45 a.m at Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee. Visitation will be at the church only on Friday from 4:30 p.m. until 6:45 p.m.

Memorials to St. Mary Parish, the Samaritan Health Center or Friends of Abused Families are appreciated.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. On-line guestbook and condolences available at

Gertrude’s family would like to extend a sincere Thank You to the staff of the Samaritan Health Center and Aurora Medical Center-Washington County for their care and compassion.