Eileen Phelan (nee Witham)

Eileen Phelan (nee Witham), 82, of West Bend, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at the Kathy Hospice surrounded by her loving family.

Eileen was born on Jan. 7, 1928, in Dayton, Ohio, to the late Raymond and Mary (nee Hale) Witham. Eileen was united in marriage to Donald Phelan on Oct. 10, 1947, in Murlin Heights, Ohio. Eileen attended Miami University-Ohio, Parker Vocational School in Dayton, Ohio, and worked as an executive secretary and administrative assistant for Aeroproduct, PSIA-C and other associations.

Eileen loved serving others, especially her grandchildren, and was full of hospitality and giving. Throughout the course of her life, she enjoyed reading her Bible, baking, golfing, skiing, biking, gardening, walking and traveling. She lived every day to the fullest thinking of others and cherishing her large family and close friends.

Eileen is survived by her beloved husband, Donald; her five children, John (Deb) Phelan of West Bend, Leigh Anne (Roman) Lichon of West Bend, Susan (Michael) Doll of Cedarburg, Jody (Terry) Elston of Layton, Utah, and Jennifer (Terry) Benz of Jackson; seven grandchildren, Julie (Andrew) Schumacher, Jamie, Jason, Jena, Justin, Joshua and Andrea Jordan; a great-grandson, Jaiden Fox; and her sister, Gail Loughry of Rifle, Colo. Eileen is further survived by many other close relatives and dear friends in her Bible study, Home Makers and Red Hat groups.

A memorial service in honor of Eileen will be held on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at Northbrook Church, 4014 Highway 167, Richfield. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The church service will begin at 6 p.m. and a reception will follow the service. Cremation took place at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service of West Bend.

Memorials to the Kathy Hospice, Eileen’s final resting place, will be greatly appreciated by the family.

Online guest book and condolences may be found at

Very special heart felt thanks to the tireless, understanding, compassionate nurses in the St. Joseph’s Hospital ICU and Kathy Hospice.