Othilda E. Gundrum,
E. Gundrum, nee Wenninger of West Bend was called by our Lord on
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, to join “Dad,” her beloved husband, and all
the angels and saints in heaven at the age of 96 years. She was born on
Nov. 16, 1916, in West Bend to the late John and Anna (nee Heindl)
On Aug. 1, 1936, she was united in marriage to Andrew Gundrum at St.
Hubert’s Catholic Church in Hubertus.
While Andrew was employed outside of the home, Othilda kept up
everything at home, which included gardening, yard work, sewing,
cooking, canning, cleaning and everything in between. They had a loving
and compatible marriage, until Andrew died tragically in a car accident
on March 4, 1986.
Othilda managed to pick up the pieces and go on with her life. She found
strength through prayer, faith, her church and her family. She was
someone that we could always go to with our problems and concerns,
always willing to listen, was never judgmental and, at the same time,
not losing sight of her own values. She was a good wife and mother, a
good Christian, and a good example for everyone who came in contact with
her. The world will not be the same without her. The family is very
grateful to our Lord, for giving us such a wonderful mother and father.
She was a charter member of St. Frances Cabrini Parish and the Christian
Survivors include five children: Arlene Ann Zima of Punta Gorda, Fla.,
Geraldine (Martin) Rulli of Franklin, Patricia (Michael) Williams of
Port Orange, Fla., Andrew (Karen) of Sturgeon Bay and Ronald (Marilyn)
of West Bend; 18 grandchildren: Ralph (Helen) Racette, Cynthia (Steve)
Krantz, Brett Racette, Robert (Joan) Kearns Jr., Lynn (Scott)
Christenson, Steven Kearns, Brian Kearns, Eric (Tricia) Kearns, Carolyn
(Michael) Hovey, Jeffery (Nancy) Weisling, Richard (Jessica) Turnquist
Jr., Christa Gundrum, Ronald (Nicole) Gundrum Jr., Amy (John) Mahr,
Andrea (Chris) Cybell, Andrew (Terriann) Gundrum, Angela (Dan) Pascale
and Pierce Bostwick; 40 great-grandchildren; six
great-great-grandchildren; two brothers and three sisters: LeRoy
Wenninger of Hubertus, Jerome Wenninger of Slinger, Ruth Kohlback of
Hubertus, Jean (James) Konrath of Lake Summit and Joan (Walter) Breu of
Hubertus; one sister- in-law Judy Wenninger of Wautoma; and many nieces,
nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by
three sons-in-law, Richard Zima, Gary Weisling and Richard Turnquist;
two grandchildren, Richard Kearns and Diana Kearns; and one sister,
Bernice (Francis) Pfeiffer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. at
St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church with the Rev. Enrique Hernandez
presiding. Burial will follow in Holy Angels Cemetery. The family will
greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation at the church
only on Monday from 9:30-10:45 a.m. The family has requested memorials
to St. Frances Cabrini Parish.
Othilda’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Cindy, her
granddaughter, for all the excellent, loving care she gave to her
“Grammy.” Thank you also to the staff at Tri Manor for providing a
comfortable, homey, safe and pleasant environment for our Mom during the
last months of her life.
The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online
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