Laura L. Roecker, 92


Laura L. Roecker (nee Reinke) was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at the age of 92 years. Laura was born on April 11, 1921, in the town of West Bend to Otto and Louise (nee Biegler) Reinke. Lauraís baptism and confirmation took place at St. Paulís Ev. Lutheran Church in Slinger.

Lauraís mother passed away when Laura was four years old. She was raised by a devoted father and two aunts in Pleasant Hill. She married Franklin Roecker on Oct. 26, 1940, at St. Paulís Ev. Lutheran Church.

Across the years, the Lord blessed their Christian marriage with the gift of four devoted children. In 1943, the family moved to Slinger and operated a dairy farm for 16 years. She assisted in serving for banquets at the Rothís Hotel in Slinger and was an Avon representative for many years. They were also part owners in Econo-Wash Laundry Mat in Slinger.

Laura was a warm, compassionate person who loved the Lord and had many friends. Her children and grandchildren loved her dearly. She had a wonderful sense of humor and didnít have a bad word to say about anyone. Laura loved to cook and loved company. She would be sure to make you something to eat as soon as you stepped into her home.

Laura was active in her church and community. She taught Sunday school and also held offices for the ladies aide. She also worked in the maintenance department at the Slinger school system for many years.

Laura is survived by her children Dianne (Michael) Hess of Hartford, Darrell (Mary Ann) of Slinger, Debra Mertz of West Bend, and Denise (Brent) Johnson of Slinger; grandchildren James Hess of Hartford, Brian (Pamela) Hess of Danville, Ala., Michael Hess, Jr. of Hartford, Kristine Hess of Hartford, Shannon (Deanna) Hess of Menasha, Darrell ďBuddyĒ (Tami) Roecker of Waukesha, Stacey (the Rev. Jon) Hartman of Germantown, Jamie (Roberta) Roecker of Manitowoc, the Rev. Eric (Mary) Roecker of Menomonee Falls, Jason Roecker of Slinger, Luke Johnson of Milwaukee, Jordan Johnson of Milwaukee, and Grace Johnson of Slinger; 21 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her brothers- law Roger (Lorraine) Roecker and Otto Roecker, Jr.; sister-in-law Lucile Roecker; cousin Ron (Dorma) Reinke; special family friends Patt Johnson of Slinger and Wilma Otte of Slinger; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends.

Laura is preceded in death by her husband Franklin, son Douglas, parents Otto and Louise, aunts Bertha Reinke and Anna Reinke, and brother Norman Reinke.

Visitation will be from 3-5:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at St. Paulís Ev. Lutheran Church, 799 St. Paul Drive, in Slinger with the Rev. James Castillo presiding. Funeral service will follow visitation at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Her body will await the Lord Jesus great day of Resurrection at Union Cemetery in Slinger on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Memorials are appreciated to St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the nurses and staff at Serenity Villa and the emergency staff at Aurora Medical Center at Hartford especially Kathy Roethle, Dr. James Joseph, and Dr. Radu Pirvanescu for all their care, compassion, and support for Laura and her family during this time.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family (262) 338-2050
www.phillipfuneralhome.com.