Margaret L. Driessel, 94

Margaret L. Driessel (nee Otto), 94, of West Bend, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center in West Bend.

She was born on Oct. 31, 1916, in West Bend to the late Rev. Alfred and Rosa Marie (nee Roth) Otto. Margaret graduated from West Bend High School in the class of 1934. She went on to attend Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing in Milwaukee, graduating in 1937. She was united in marriage to Richard H. Driessel, M.D., on Sept. 19, 1939, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Margaret was a member of the Washington County Historical Society, Barton Historical Society, West Bend Art Museum and the Lac Lawrann Conservancy.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth R. Driessel, PhD., of Nevada, Iowa; two grandchildren, Dr. Duncan (Dr. Jennifer) Stearns and Deborah Stearns, PhD.; two great-grandchildren, Aidan and Chloe Stearns; sisters-inlaw, Harriet Driessel Andersen, Clara Desens Otto, Carol Wenger Otto and Louise Man Otto; other relatives and friends.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Nancy Driessel Stearns; and four brothers, Wesley, Albert, Wilbur and Paul Otto.

In honor of Margaretís wishes a private family memorial service will be held. Inurnment will be in Holy Angels Cemetery.

Memorials to the charity of your choice are appreciated by the family.

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