Helen J. Mertzig,
J. Mertzig, nee Millan, 75, of West Bend, passed away on Saturday, Nov.
24, 2012, at the Aurora Medical Center in Hartford. She was born on
April 29, 1937, in Laona to the late Gregory and Julia (nee Lukaszewski)
Millan. Helen graduated from Goodman High School in Goodman, Wis. On
April 27, 1963, she was united in marriage to David Mertzig at Holy
Angels Catholic Church in West Bend.
Helen worked for the West Bend Company and was a member of their 25 Year
Club, retiring in 1998.
Helen was a generous, most hospitable and selfless person with a heart
of gold, who offered a listening ear for anyone who wanted to talk.
Helen always put others first. She opened her door and made room for any
family or friend who needed a place to sleep. The moment you walked in
her door, Helen offered you something to eat and drink. She was known to
make meals big enough to feed an army. No one ever went away hungry.
Even if you weren't hungry, she would tell you to “eat MORE because I do
not want leftovers!”
Helen was also a giver. When she was able, Helen baked tons of Christmas
cookies to give to others. She also enjoyed watching Brewer games,
listening to country music, gardening, playing cards and watching game
shows. While Helen didn’t travel far, she kept up on current events,
international news and politics.
She will be missed immeasurably by her husband, David Mertzig of West
Bend; her two daughters, Laurie Kraemer of West Bend and Dawn (Karl)
Orth of Neenah; three grandchildren, David Kraemer, Makenna Orth, and
Taliya Orth; one sister, Mary Stec of Goodman; one brother, Tony (Donna)
Millan of Laona; one sisterin- law, Rose Ann (Don) Clark of West Bend;
and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Mary Jane
Mertzig; mother-in-law, Leona Ramthun; brother-in-law, Walter Stec; and
her brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Betty Mertzig.
A Mass of Christian Burial in remembrance of Helen will be held on
Saturday, Dec. 1, at noon at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 1025
S. Seventh Ave., West Bend, with the Rev. Nathan Reesman presiding.
Burial will follow in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend.
Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time
of the mass.
In Helen’s honor anyone who wants to has her blessing to overeat, but
memorials to The Salvation Army or, because of her love of animals, the
Washington County Humane Society would be more appropriate and also
Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be expressed at
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Lau, Dr.
George and the staff at Aurora.