Anne Rose Molenda, 97
Anne Rose Molenda (nee Futterer), 97, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, after suffering from progressive Alzheimer's for five years at the Beechwood Rest Home.
Anne's father was sent to work in Budapest, Hungary, along with many other skilled German laborers, by Queen Maria Theresa. There he met and married Anne's mother, Rose Vojtek. They immigrated to Milwaukee in the early 20th century. Anne was raised with her Hungarian grandmother and two sisters on 17th and Nash Street. She went to work before finishing school to support her family during the depression.
Anne married Leonard Henry Molenda, an Allis Chalmers draftsman, on Aug. 3, 1941. They raised their three children Josef, Peter, and Lynn on 31st and Mitchell Street. Anne returned to school when her children were grown to become a practical nurse in 1967.
When her husband retired in the 1970s, Anne and Lenny moved to Murfreesboro, Tenn. Here, they made many friends and Anne found the Catholic church of her dreams, St. Rose of Lima. In Tennessee, she enjoyed gardening, and sewing many scarves, hot pads, draw-string bags, and dolls for her friends and family. After her husband's death in 2000, Anne spent three years living with her son, Josef, in Florida. After breaking her hip, she returned to Wisconsin and entered the Beechwood Rest Home.
Anne is survived by her children Josef L. (Carolyn) Molenda, Peter H. (Rosalise) Molenda, and Lynn B. (Jack Lutz) Molenda; and grandchildren John (Vickie) Molenda, Helene (Troy) Smith, Jason Molenda, and Nathan (Nancy) Molenda. She is further survived by her three great-grandchildren Andrew and Patrick Smith, Declan Molenda, and multiple nieces and nephews. Anne is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and two sisters Elizabeth Haberle and Mildred Wolf.
A Memorial Service for Anne will be at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Dr. in West Bend with the Rev. Nicholas Schoofs presiding. Gathering will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family and can be reached at (262) 338-2050 or online at www.phillipfuneralhome. com.