Dora Sophia Schleif, 97
Sophia Schleif, "Mutz," 97, of West Bend, passed away on Friday,
March 23, 2012, at Beechwood Rest Home.
Mutz was born on March 1, 1915, in Campbellsport, the daughter of the late
Walter and Dora (Rahling) Hatch. On July 5, 1938, she was united in
marriage to Lloyd G. Schleif in Elo. Lloyd preceded Mutz in death on Nov.
Following high school, Mutz attended Fond du Lac Normal School for 10
months then entered the teaching profession in a oneroom schoolhouse at
Five Corners in Campbellsport. Her teaching career spanned 44 years, most
of which she spent teaching fifth grade in Jackson. Mutz lived by the
motto "to teach is to touch a life forever." She did just that
for many generations of students and families.
One of Mutzís favorite past times was traveling with friends or
relatives. She enjoyed meeting new people, seeing as much as possible and
shopping! She would have loved to had the opportunity to go back to Greece
Mutz leaves behind her nieces and nephews, Betty (Ellis) Sook of Fresno,
Calif., Joyce Halfmann of Kewaskum, Bob (Marlene) Hatch and Judy (Doug)
Christensen both of Campbellsport, Faye (David) Schmitt of Sun Prairie,
Judy (Don) Price and Tom (Joan) Schleif both of West Bend; a dearly loved
friend, Reuben Schmahl of Serenity Villa, Slinger; and other relatives and
friends to love and cherish her memory.
In addition to her husband and parents, Dora was preceded in death by her
brother, Robert Hatch and his wife, Beatrice; a nephew, Richard Halfmann;
and a niece, Donna Akers.
Funeral services for Mutz will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10,
2012, at Peace United Church of Christ in Kewaskum with the Rev. Eric
Kirkegaard officiating. Burial will be in Washington County Memorial Park
in West Bend.
Relatives and friends may call at the Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum on
Monday from 4-6 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until
the time of services.
Mutz wanted to be remembered by her friends and family with love, happy
thoughts and for them to occasionally do something in her memory. "I
believe each day of my life is better because God is the center and in him
we live and move and have our being." - Dora Schleif "Mutz."
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