Verna M. Walbrink, 87

Verna M. Walbrink, nee Danielson, age 87, of West Bend, passed away on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 at her residence.

She was born on April 26, 1924 in Nome, N.D. to the late Milo and Mamie (nee Salthammer) Danielson. On Dec. 21, 1944, she was united in marriage to Franklin "Frank" Walbrink at First Lutheran Church in Fargo, N.D. In 1974, they made West Bend their home.

Verna was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in West Bend and the American Legion Womenís Auxiliary Post 36 Lt. Ray Dickop. She was a past member of the Childrenís Theater, West Bend Womenís Club, Musical Masquers and the West Bend Country Club. She volunteered at Samaritan and drove for Meal on Wheels.

Verna enjoyed playing bridge and golf; knitting, quilting, reading, and counted cross-stitch.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Walbrink of West Bend; two children, Mark (Carol) Walbrink of West Allis and Barbara (Nancy Porte) Walbrink of Wauwatosa; two grandchildren, Laura (Kris) Baca of San Jose, Calif., and Janice Walbrink of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Shirley Hanson of St. Cloud, Minn., and Betty Heidelberg, Wilmington, Del.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Verna was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Inez Owen.

A memorial Mass in remembrance of Verna will be held on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 148 S. Eighth Ave., West Bend with the Rev. Gary Manning of Trinity Episcopal in Wauwatosa officiating. Visitation will be Thursday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Inurnment will follow in St. James Columbarium.

Memorials to St. James Episcopal Build a Priest Fund are greatly appreciated.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family. Online guest book and condolences may be found at

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heartland Hospice, especially Annette, for the care given to Verna.