Maria B. Esmail


Maria B. Esmail (nee Brau), 94, of West Bend died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at the Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center in West Bend.

She was born Nov. 12, 1916, in Munich, Germany, to the late Ludwig and Karoline Brau and married Nick Esmail on Jan. 9, 1950, in Munich. Nick preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 1984.

Maria was born and raised in Munich, Germany, and immigrated to the United States in January of 1952, settling in Kewaskum. In 1960, they moved to West Bend where she lived until the time of her death. She retired from the West Bend Company in 1982.

She took great pleasure in spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Maria is survived by her two children, Elly (George) Gehl of Kewaskum and Harry (Cindy) of Fond du Lac; and three grandchildren, Christopher Tolomen, Nicole (Andrew) Butt and Caroline Postuma. She is further survived by six great-grandchildren, Alyx, Jillian and Veronica Butt and Sammy, Nick and Miles Tolomen; her sister, Anna Kurtz of Munich, Germany; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ludwig and Karoline; her husband, Nick; two brothers, Ludwig Brau and Andel Brau; and her sister, Karoline Schobel.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 2, at 2 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend with the Rev. Gerald Brittain officiating. Burial will follow in Washington County Memorial Park. Visitation will be Wednesday at the funeral home from noon until 1:45 p.m.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.

Online condolences are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com