Edward M. Pierog, 77

Edward M. Pierog, 77, of West Bend, passed away on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Wauwatosa while surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Oct. 12, 1934 in Chicago to the late Edward and Marion (nee McDowell) Pierog. As a child, he moved to West Bend with his mother.

Following high school, Ed entered the United States Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict. Following his discharge, he returned to West Bend where he became employed at the West Bend Company. He later went on to work for the C & NW (Chicago & Northwestern) Railroad. With the railroad, he worked as a mechanic, retiring after 18 years. He then worked with the Washington County Historical Society. He also enjoyed woodworking and doing genealogy research.

On Feb. 14, 1992, he was united in marriage to Arlene M. Fink (nee Schraufnagel) in West Bend.

He was a member of SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife Arlene; five children from his first marriage with Joanne (Klumb) Charles (Elizabeth) of West Bend, David of West Bend, Beth (Steven) Bild of Port Orchard, Wash., Debra Tesch of Appleton and Donald of Lochbuie, Colo.; three step-children Angie (Bob) Litterick of Horicon, Marcus Fink of Mayville and Kelly Fink of Zebulon, N.C.; seven grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and six brothers and sisters Corinne (Robert Krawczyk) Pierog of St. Charles, Ill., Michael Flasch of Milwaukee, Patricia (Donald) Phillipi of West Bend, Rolanda (Charles) Lehn of West Bend, Mark Flasch (Donna) of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and Michelle (Carl) Melchoirs of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Edward and Marion, he was preceded in death by his step-father Roland C. Flasch and a brother Roland, Jr. "Butch."

Memorial services will be held on Friday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. David Schoob officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends at the church only on Friday from 5:30-7:15 p.m. Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church are appreciated.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guest book and condolences available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.