Agnes Gertrude Johann (nee Uelmen)
Agnes Gertrude Johann (nee Uelmen) was welcomed home into the Spirit of Love, God the Father and Jesus, on Wednes-day, Feb. 17, 2010, at the age of 94 years.
Song of Solomon 8:6-7
“Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm: for love is strong as death.”
Agnes was a woman of faith who put her beliefs into action. Over the years she was part of group called Catholic Action and also a member of St. Michael’s Altar Sodality.
Agnes was born in a little brown home in the town of St. Michael on June 29, 1915, to Joseph and Anna (nee Herriges) Uelmen, who owned a small farm and eventually ran the St. Michael’s Store and Tavern. Agnes was one of nine, all who have preceded her in death, Alphonse, Sylves-ter, Joseph (Esther) Uelmen, Sally (Squinty) Greuel, Irene (Edward) Dreher, Alfred (Verona) Uelmen, Marie (Lawrence) Laatsch and Anthony Uelmen.
Agnes met her soul mate, Marvin, who she affectionately called Jim, on a blind date. They were married in Holy Trinity Church on June 23, 1933. They were married for 54 years until Jim’s death on April 9, 1989. Together they lived through joys and struggles and lots of love. Together they built the Johann Plumbing and Heating business that existed in St. Michael’s for 25 years.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 is the benefit of a bond between two people.
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow…”
Agnes and Jim brought into life 11 children: Roger, who, while stationed in Iceland, was killed on a flight mission in the Air Force in 1955 and Robert, who died from TB in 1943, Ronald (Karen) of Kewaskum, Richard (Jan) of Campbellsport, Claude (Kerri) of Eagle River, Diane (Gerry) Schmidt of West Bend, Barbara (Terry) Hill of Aurora, Colo., Jane of Palmyra, William (Harriet) of Meridian, Kan., Mary (Dave) Neckuty of Green Bay and Jennifer (Jeff) Funk of Slinger.
Agnes was a generous woman with a strong sense of honesty and a great sense of humor. Agnes was a woman of opinion and firmly believed if you don’t stand for something, you stand for nothing. She loved to read and could also tell lively and interesting stories! She created 24 scrapbooks over the years, filled with cards, letters and important Democratic items from the news. Her scrapbooks were a testament of life for her. She also would hand-cut valentines on St. Valentine’s Day each year and made sure each of her children and grandchildren would get one. Agnes made her home a place of welcome and happiness for all who came to visit. She always made room in her life for those who needed a place to stay or a warm meal. She remembered her grandchildren’s birthdays with cards and little gifts for many years. There were and are 25 grandchildren Debbie (Chuck) Strassburg, Thomas (Heidi) Johann, Pamela (Mark) Johnson and son of Richie and Jean (deceased) Johann; Sherri (Jeff) Ban-nenberg, Leann (Gus) Karsoes, and Candi (Sean) Riley, daughters of Claude and stepdaughters of Kerri Johann and daughters of Rita Johann; Michael (Donna) Johann, Lynn Johann, Steven (Katie) Johann, sons and daughter of Ron and Karen Johann; Dave, Andrea (David) Berndt and Nicholas (Jessie) Schmidt, daughter and sons of Gerry and Diane Schmidt; Eric and Jimmy, both deceased, sons of Terry and Barbara Hill; Tanya (Jon) Gunderson, Alanna; Nicole (Nicholas Bradshaw), Katrina (Jerry) Neckuty-Fodness, Val (Kevin) Odle, Dave (Kari) and Christopher (Jennine Reisenberg), daughters and sons of Dave and Mary Neckuty; Sara, Annie (Jeremy) Krenn, Lara, daughters of Jane Johann and Bill Reichart and Andrew son of Jennifer and Jeff Funk.
The legacy of Agnes continues with 16 great-grandchildren and another one on the way! Tonya and Jon have a son, Jacob; Alanna has two daughters, Maria and Katelyn; Michael and Donna have a daughter, Lauren and a son, Dominic; Debbie and Chuck have a son, Brent; Sherry and Jeff have two daughers, Ramanda, Erin and a son, Jeff; Tom and Heidi have three sons Nathan, Austin and Craig; Annie and Jeremy have a son Ayden and a daughter Nadia; Steven and Katy have a son Christian and a daughter Kaydence; Pam and Mark have a daughter, Marissa; two sisters-in-law Dorothy (Willy) Weiss of Hartford and Florence (Joseph) Meunier of Kiel, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Over the years, Agnes and Jim were fortunate to be blessed with so many good friends and happy times. God blessed their lives greatly and helped them to be strong in the difficult times. We thank God for the blessing of Agnes, our mother, grandmother, and greatgrandmother, and friend in our lives!
“…the valiant woman loves her husband and merits his trust: she is a good housewife, is prudent and industrious, manages cleverly…she possesses wisdom, is charitable in her actions and in her words, and loves God: there is also bestowed upon her the praise of her children and of her husband.”
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Holy Angel’s Catholic Church with Father Gerald Brittain officiating. Interment will take place in Phelps. Visitation will be at the CHURCH ONLY on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 3 p.m. until time of Mass at 6 p.m.
A Special Thank You to Sara, Annie, Jeremy, Lara, Diane, and Maureen for their care of Agnes. Thank You to Rainbow Hospice for their gentle and compassionate care of Agnes and her family. Thank you to all her friends that sent her cards and gifts throughout the years.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, www.phillipfuneralhome.com.