Lorraine Gonwa, 75
Gonwa (nee Bintzler), 75, of West Bend, went peacefully to unite with her
Savior on Sept. 25, 2010, at Cedar Bay West, West Bend, where she had
resided for the past month.
She was born on Oct. 5, 1934, in Adell, the daughter of Eli and Olive (nee
Gruber) Bintzler. She graduated from Random Lake High School in 1952. On
June 26, 1954, she was united in marriage to Norbert Gonwa at St. Nicholas
Church in Dacada. The couple lived in Random Lake and later moved to West
Bend in 1994. Norbert preceded her in death in 2007. Lorraine was employed
at Times Printing and Brown’s Floral both located in Random Lake and
later at BC Ziegler in West Bend. Lorraine was a member of Our Lady of The
Lakes Parish and St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church. She enjoyed golfing,
playing bingo and doing crafts, including hand-painting Christmas
ornaments for each of her grandchildren.
Those Lorraine leaves behind to cherish her memory include her five
children, Cheryl Sullivan of Surprise, Ariz., Larry (Sandra) of
Campbellsport, Daniel (Jackie) of Fillmore, Ronald (Barb) of Boltonville
and Mari (Dennis) Born of Parnell; a son-in-law, Troy (the late Nancy)
Kaufert of West Bend; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Gonwa, Gwendolyn Gonwa,
Tanya Kaufert, Justin Born, Eric Gonwa, Kyle Gonwa and Joshua Gonwa. She
is further survived by a brother, Lloyd (Mamie) Bintzler of Sheboygan;
three sisters, Delores (Merlin) Miller of Greenbush, Diane (Merlin) Hammen
and Lilly (Lee) Kappel, both of Adell; nieces, nephews, other relatives
and many friends.
She is preceded her in death by her husband, Norbert; daughter, Nancy
Kaufert; two grandchildren, April Mandock and Tyler Kaufert; and a sister,
Margaret "Peggy" Schroeter.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at
Our Lady of the Lakes, St. Nicholas Chapel, Dacada. The Rev. Richard
Cerpich will officiate. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in St.
Nicholas Cemetery the following morning. The family will receive visitors
at the church only on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Memorials in Lorraine’s name can be made to American Cancer Society, Our
Lady of The Lakes Parish or St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church.
The Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington is assisting the family.
Online condolences can be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.
Special thanks to the staff at Dr. Vukelich’s office, Dr. Jahnke’s
office, The Cedar Community and Home Health and Hospice for their care and
attention to our mother. Also thanks to St. Francis Cabrini for the