Eloise J. ‘Lou’ Dobratz, 80

Eloise J. "Lou" Dobratz (nee Steffeck), 80, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

Lou was born on July 31, 1930, to Emile Gaudette and Evelyn Steffeck. She married Virgil on May 2, 1948, and they celebrated 58 wonderful years of marriage together. In earlier years, Lou was a member of the Christian Women’s Society at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. She was an avid reader and loved taking shopping excursions. Lou loved animals. She enjoyed travelling to her cabin Up North. Lou was quite the socialite and had an amazing sense of humor. She and Virgil kept a home with many friends, much laughter and good memories. All were welcomed in their home. You were always guaranteed a seat at the table and a cold Pabst in your hand.

Lou was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was always there for her friends and family to listen or lend advice. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Lou is survived by her children, Sherrie Barry, Jeffrey Dobratz, Nancy (Daryl) Aslin, Dawn Fehring, Cindy (Jeff) Deitsch and Jackie (Paul) Boden; grandchildren, Adam, Bridget and Amber Barry, Jessica (Brian) Strupp, Sheena (Joseph) Wolf, Justin Aslin, Mathew and Amanda Fehring, Austin Deitsch, Ashlee (Jared) Davis, Sabrina and Harrison Deitsch, and Dylan and Brittany Boden; and great-grandchildren, Caiden Crumer-Barry, Cole, Olivia and Stella Strupp and Henry and Sawyer Wolf. She is further survived by her sisters, Mary Kapla and Barbara (Paul) Trimberger, and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Lou is preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; parents, Emile and Evelyn; brother-in-law, Paul Kapla; and son-in-law, Richard Barry.

A memorial service for Lou will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, with the Rev. Jeffrey Haines presiding. Gathering will be at the funeral home only on Friday, March 25, from 3 p.m. until 4:45 p.m.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. www.phillipfuneralhome.com.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Allenton Fire Dept., Carol from Cedar Lake Hospice and the nurses and staff at Froedtert St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend for all their care and compassion for Lou.