Agnes A. Rilling, 93

A Mass of Christian burial will be held today, Jan. 19, 2010 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Grafton, for Agnes A. Rilling (nee Rausch) of Milwaukee, who died on Jan. 15, 2010, at the age of 93.  Visitation will be at the church from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass.  A private burial will be at Zur Ruhe Cemetery.

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Agnes was born on Aug. 7, 1916, to Anton and Theresa (nee Robel) Rausch, and grew up on the Rausch farm in Grafton with 12 other siblings (seven brothers and five sisters).  Her favorite memory of the farm was a story of Old Shep, the family dog, and she and Priscilla brought the cows home from the pasture.  Farm life was challenging but rewarding.

Agnes married Clarence Rilling on Jan. 30, 1937, at St. Joseph Parish in Grafton.  Together they raised four children, three daughters and a son.  Her favorite memory of Clarence was going to the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago to see Guy Lombardo.  Clarence died on Nov. 10, 1979, and after his death, Agnes moved to Milwaukee to live with her daughter, Beverly, where she resided for the last 30 years.

Agnesís favorite TV show was Lawrence Welk.  She got to see the Friends of Lawrence Welk several times with Beverly, both in Milwaukee and also their last show in Branson, Mo.

Agnes is survived by her children, Marlene (John) Fix of San Diego, Phyllis Klaus of Jacksonville Fla., Kenneth (Stacy) Rilling of Cupertino Calif., and Beverly (LeRoy) Jahnke of Milwaukee; grandchildren, Bill (Melissa) Clark of Oregon, Wis., and Christopher (Misuka) Fix of Moreno Valley Calif.; great-granddaughter, Nicole Fix of Moreno Valley,  Calif.; sisters, Lillian Neuenfeldt of Saukville and Priscilla (Lawrence) Schmidt of Port  Washington; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Clarence, seven brothers and three sisters.

She was a sweet, loving, kind, old-fashioned Grandma.  We know she has a non-stop flight to heaven, and she is in a better place.
Mueller Funeral Home is serving the family.