Bennet C. Barelmann, 93

Funeral services for Bennet C. Barelmann (nee Kohlwey), 93, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. at First Immanuel Lutheran Church Cedarburg. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 1:30 p.m. until time of service. Interment will be held at Zur Ruhe Cemetery. Rev. Randolph Raasch officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to First Immanuel Guardian Angel Fund or Kathy Hospice. A special thank you to all the staff at Kathy Hospice for the wonderful care she received. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Bennet was born on Feb. 14, 1918, on the family farmstead in Grafton. She graduated from Grafton High School in June, 1936, and attended Vocational School in Milwaukee, and became a bookkeeper by profession. She was active in 4-H, school plays and choir. 

On Aug. 24, 1940, she married Raymond E. Barelmann at St. Paulís, Grafton. After marriage, she joined First Immanuel, being a member for almost 72 years. Ray and Bennet had three daughters, Judith, Janet and Jean, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. 

After Bennet and Ray retired, they did a lot of traveling throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Alaska. 

Bennet sang with the church choir and volunteered with the reading program at school. She was a member of the Ladies Aid and Quilters group, president of the Prime Timers, and a volunteer at the Bethesda Economy Store. 

She was the first lady letter carrier with the U.S. Post Office in the city of Cedarburg. 

Six years ago when her health began to fail, she moved to West Bend to live with her daughter, Judy, and her husband, Joel. She enjoyed reading the Bible, doing "fancy work" and making blankets for the Linus Project of Washington County. She moved to Kathy Hospice on Aug. 27, 2011. 

Bennet is survived by her children: Judith (Joel) Frank, Janet (the late Henry S.) Hoffman, and Jean (Rick) Tortomasi; special grandchildren: Paul, Timothy, Henry II, Gregory, Scott, Kim, and Jill; nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law of Lester Riebe, Norbert (Joanne) Barelmann, and Doris Barelmann. Preceded in death by her parents; her brother, E. Fredric Kohlwey and his wife Alice; her sister, Erema Riebe; her son-in-law, Henry S. Hoffman; her brothers-in-law Elmer Barelmann and his wife Anita, and Frederick Barelmann. Further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.