Joanne Konitzer, 82


Joanne Mildred Konitzer (nee Opsahl), 82, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Mayville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where she spent the last two years of her life.

Joanne was born June 9, 1931, in Oshkosh to the late Peter and Caroline Opsahl. She married Robert and raised seven children with him, living in Thiensville, West Bend, Phoenix and West Bend.

She owned and operated Adelmann Dry Cleaners in West Bend, worked at Amity Leather and West Bend Company, and then at Empire Level in Milwaukee until she retired.

Joanne was the loving mother of Debra (Tom) Erickson, Diane (James) Bingen, Kurt (Cindi) Konitzer, Linda (Robert) Gosewehr, Gail (Robert) Bonenfant, Robert Jr. (Kristine) Konitzer. Mother-in-law of Karen Konitzer. She is further survived by 22 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by husband Robert, son Steve, brother Keith Opsahl and sister Lois Woltring. She is survived by brothers Bruce and Erhard Opsahl and sister Caroline Schultz.

Joanne will be remembered for honoring family above everything and for the many hats and scarves she wore later in life.

Visitation is Friday, Feb. 28, at Wisconsin Memorial Park Chapel of the Flowers, 13235 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, from 11 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 1 p.m.