Gertrude Anna Haas, 83

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 W. Washington St., Grafton, for Gertrude Anna Haas who died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Ellenís Home in Port Washington at the age of 83 years. Interment will take place at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday at the church from 4 p.m. until 6:45 p.m.

Memorials to St. Paul Lutheran School Good Samaritan Fund or the Alzheimerís Association are appreciated. For online condolences please visit

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

Gertrude was born on a farm near Luxemburg in Kewaunee County on Jan. 27, 1930, the third child of Reinhold and Ella Scharping. Gertrude was baptized and confirmed at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Luxemburg. She graduated from Luxemburg High School and went on to Door-Kewaunee County Teacherís College to receive her teaching certificate. Gertrude taught three years in a one-room school (grades 1 through 8) in Kewaunee County. After three years of trying to teach evolution in the science class of that public school, she decided to switch to teaching in a Lutheran school. After finishing several more teaching courses, she was hired to teach first grade at St. Paul Lutheran School in Grafton.

She met and married Dennis L. Haas Sr. on Dec. 29, 1956, and they were blessed with three children. Gertrude taught at St. Paulís full time for about 16 years. Gertrude also loved volunteering.

Gertrude is survived by her children, Sandra (Ron) Slaughter, Dennis L. Jr. (Terri) and Debra Haas; grandchildren, Matthew and Benjamin Haas; sisters, Lorraine Strege and Sylvia Mueller; sister-in-law, Elaine Scharping; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dennis; and brother, Eric Scharping.