Luise ‘Louise’ Mathilde Bryhan, 100

Luise "Louise" Mathilde Bryhan, 100, of Green Bay, formerly of Grafton, went home to her Heavenly Father on June 25, 2012.

Louise was born Sept. 3, 1911, in Gondsroth, Bavaria, Germany.

In 1923, sponsored by her mother’s uncle Johan Dotter, of Tomahawk her father, Franz, immigrated to the United States and found temporary work at the Fred Pabst Horse Farms. After earning enough wages, he was able to bring his family to Milwaukee to live in an apartment building where he was the caretaker. At age 12, Louise, along with her mother and two sisters, Else "Elise" and Emilie "Emily," sailed to Ellis Island, N.Y., arriving in March 1924, where they boarded a train to Milwaukee to be joyfully reunited with Franz.

Later, her father became a machinist at Loggeman Brothers, and his last job was a boiler man at Schlitz Brewery. Her mother found work cleaning houses. When Louise lived in Grafton, and after her children were married, she became a nurse’s assistant for 16 years for the former St. Alphonsus Hospital (now St. Mary’s) in Port Washington.

Preceded in death are her parents, Franz and Regine (nee Dotter) Roessler; husband, Elmer C. Bryhan Jr.; son, Theodore L. Malnick; daughter, Nanette (Billy) Colliver; grandson, David Franz Gray; sons- in-law, Frederick Hoffmann and Thomas Smith Sr.; sisters, Emily Krueger Malwitz, and Elsie Sell; brothers-in-law, Frank Sell, Paul Krueger Sr., William Malwitz, Glenn W. Bertram, Eldon Bryhan and Donald Bryhan; sisters-in-law, Louise (Eldon) Bryhan, Evelyn (Glenn) Bertram, and Caroline (Donald) Bryhan; nephews, Walter (Carol) Krueger, Paul (Arleen) Krueger and Robert (Elizabeth) Sell.

Survivors include her daughters, Regina (Roger) Fisher of New Mexico, Rosalie Smith of Wisconsin and Carol-Leisa Gray of New York; seven grandchildren, Bart Colliver of Missouri, Corey (Charlotte) Colliver of Montana, Thomas Smith of Wisconsin, Bronson Smith of Wisconsin, Cynthia (Bradley) Rodabaugh of Illinois, Jennifer (Paul) Schroeder of Wisconsin and Nathan Gray of Wisconsin; five great grandchildren, Georgina Smith, Ace Rodabaugh, Jessica Gray, Nicholas Schroeder and Ian Colliver; nephews of the Krueger family, Rudy (Barbara) of Massachusetts, Kurt (Helene), Richard (Coralee), Dennis (Dawn) all of Wisconsin; niece and godchild JoAnn (Erick) Diewock of Arkansas.

Louise is further survived by brothers-in-law, Dale (Marietta) Bryhan of Texas, Norman (Ruth) Bryhan of Wisconsin and Ralph (Sharon) Bryhan of Illinois; and sister-in-law, Gladys (Donald) Lang of Wisconsin; and many other relatives in the United States and Germany.

Louise will be greatly missed by her family and friends. The family gives special thanks to the nursing staff at Harmony Assisted Living Center in Green Bay for their loving care since May 2006. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial contributions to be sent to Alzheimer’s Association or to St. Paul Lutheran Church 701 Washington St. Grafton.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 29, at 11 a.m. at Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory, 979 N. Green Bay Road, Grafton.

Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Grafton.

Online condolences can be made at

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory in Grafton is serving the family.