Armella M. Warnecke, 97

Armella M. Warnecke (nee Hefter) passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at the age of 97 years.

Armella was born on July 8, 1914, in Hartford to Frank and Amalia (nee Wolf) Hefter. She married Frank Warnecke on May 26, 1936 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Nenno. Armella worked at the St. Joseph Hospital in West Bend for over 17 years. She devoted many years to working with her husband on the family farm. Armella's greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Armella is survived by her children Ruth Boden, Donald (Jeanette) Warnecke, Elaine (Bob) Katzfey, Mae Belle (Tony) Dricken, Frank (Gale) Warnecke, Dave (Donna) Warnecke, and Peggy (Dennis) Kurth; 30 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; and 9 greatgreat-grandchildren. She is further survived by two sisters-in-law Isabelle Breuer and Marcella Becker; and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends. Armella is preceded in death by her husband Frank Warnecke, son-in-law Ralph Boden, one grandson John Katzfey, five brothers and eight sisters.

A Mass of Christian burial for Armella will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at St. Mathias Catholic Church (Nabob Rd. and Church Dr.) in West Bend with Fr. Joseph Dominic presiding. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011 at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Dr. in West Bend. Interment will follow Mass at St. Mathias Catholic Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend a special "thank you" to the staff and nurses of Cedar Community for their care and compassion for Armella during her stay.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, (262) 338-2050,