Elfrieda H. Benicke, 95

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at noon at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg for Elfrieda H. Benicke, who was called to her heavenly home on June 5, 2012, at the age of 95. A visitation will take place prior to the funeral service, in the church gathering hall, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Rev. Kristine Ertl will officiate the funeral service. Interment will take place at Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg following the service. Please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com for online condolences.

Elfrieda was born on Dec. 2, 1916, in Cedarburg, the daughter of Albert Hartwig and Hilda Cathrine (nee Stoecker) Hartwig.

Elfrieda was united in marriage to Gilbert Benicke on Nov. 27, 1937, at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Newburg. Their marriage was blessed with four children.

Gilbert and Elfrieda raised their children on the family farm where they had resided for over 40 years, in the town of Cedarburg. While Gilbert tended to the dairy cattle, Elfrieda could be found feeding the chickens and harvesting their newly hatched eggs.

Elfrieda enjoyed cooking, gardening, and sewing. Each of her grandchildren were lucky enough to receive a handmade afghan from her. She will be remembered most, by her family, for her wonderful cooking and the love she portrayed to all of them.

Elfrieda is survived by her children, Werner (Carrol) Benicke, Allen (Claudia) Benicke, Karen (James) Moder and Daniel (Mary Lou) Benicke; 11 grandchildren, Dwayne (friend, Lynn) Benicke, Loree (Kris) Kazda, Amber (Frank) Field, Todd (Patricia) Benicke, Jay (Julie) Benicke, Lisa (Brad) Seefeldt, Jason (Shannon) Benicke, James Jr. (Jody) Moder, Kristie (John) Parker, Robert (Robin) Benicke and Danielle Benicke; siblings, Dorothy (Leland) Schulz, Alita Berling, Mildred Ulik, and Albert (Agnes) Hartwig; sister-in-law, Ilma Hartwig; and brother-in-law, Paul Hafeman. She is further survived by numerous great-grandchildren, great-great- grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Elfrieda was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Hilda Stoecker; her husband, Gilbert Benicke and four siblings.

The family would especially like to thank the loving and caring staff at the Lasata Care Center in Cedarburg as well as the Activities Department at Lasata, for all of their wonderful care and compassion.

Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family.