Clara V. Bucholz-Bertler, 89

Clara V. Bucholz Bertler (nee Paquette), died peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the age of 89.

She married Earl Bucholz on Oct. 23, 1948, having four children,

Chris (Pam), Charles (Kathy), Leonard (Stephanie) and Ann (Phillip) Fortino; who with her grandchildren, Matthew, Adam, Lindsay, Corey, Brandon, Robert and Kevin, will miss and remember her. Following Earl’s death she married Richard Bertler and was embraced and loved by his children and his children’s children, whom she loved in return.

Clara was born in Woodruff in 1923 to Charles and Mary (nee

Steinberger) Paquette. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dennis; and sisters, Alvina and Margaret. Her sister, Mary Joy, whom she loved dearly, still resides in Woodruff. As a child she was known to curl up next to the wood cook stove in winter, frequent the swimmin’ hole in summer and play the triangle in the Woodruff Grade School Rhythm Band.

As an adult, she was our mother, providing the love and consistency that made us a family. Special thank you to the caregivers and staff on Lasata’s Second Floor West. You were wonderful.

A Memorial Mass will be held today, Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. at St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church, 1375 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg.

Family will receive friends today from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the charity of your choice are appreciated.

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit