Viola Koester, 97

Viola Koester (nee Reichart), 97, of West Bend died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Cedar Community. She was born Feb. 28, 1912, in the town of Jackson to the late Fred and Emma (nee Jung) Reichart and married Erich J. Koester. He preceded her in death in 2001.

She is survived by her daughter, Jeanne (John) Wood of West Bend; and three grandchildren, Anne Wandler of Waukesha, Joan (Michael) Witte of Aviston, Ill., and Karen (Ted) Ludolph of Green Bay. Viola is further survived by her five great-grandchildren, Angela and Jonathan Witte and Aaron, Rachael and Megan Ludolph; and many other friends and relatives.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. in the Cedar Bay West Chapel at Cedar Community in West Bend with the Rev. Susan Kolb officiating. Visitation will be from 3:30 p.m. until the time of the services.

Memorials to the Cedar Community Foundation, Partners in Caring, would be appreciated.

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