Joanne Mildred Konitzer, 82


Joanne Mildred Konitzer (nee Opsahl) has passed on to join her husband and eldest son, Steven, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

She was born June 9, 1931, in Oshkosh to Peter and Caroline Opsahl. She married Robert and raised seven children with him. The two of them were both raised in Thiensville, married and began their family with six children. Then, they decided to move to West Bend to be closer to her husband’s Golden Guernsey milk route and a bigger home. There they would have one more child to finish off their family.

Joanne worked at Amity Leather, owned and managed Adelmann Dry Cleaners and worked at The West Bend Co. After their children were grown, they moved to Phoenix for a short amount of time and came back to settle in Milwaukee. There, they owned a cleaning business and Joanne worked at Empire Level until retirement. When her husband and son passed three years ago, Joanne went to live at Mayville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center until her passing.

Joanne was a very hard working woman and knew how to balance work and family.  She was lovingly supportive of all endeavors her husband desired to undertake. Joanne was the official bookkeeper of the family. They were a good team, in business matters and in life matters. They gave their children life and work values. They saw to it that their children attended Christian Church and School first at Calvary Lutheran in Thiensville and then at St. John’s Lutheran in West Bend. Joanne was a faithful supporter of her family in all things, even at times when she did not agree.  It was not in her to cause or add to problems.

While at the nursing home, she was well liked for the smile she always had ready for everyone that came into sight. She never complained or demanded for anything, always was trusting that God was there taking care of her. She fought an amazing battle the last three years, and all of us learned a lesson about faith and patience for all.

Joanne is the loving mother of Debra (Tom) Erickson, Diane (James) Bingen, Kurt (Cindy) Konitzer, Linda (Robert) Gosewehr, Gail (Robert) Bonenfant and  Robert Jr. (Kristine) Konitzer.  She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Karen Konitzer. She is further survived by her 22 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Caroline Schultz; brothers, Bruce Opshal and Erhard (Carla) Opsahl; sister- in-law, Gertrude Lorenz; and brother-in-law, William Konitzer.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Lois Woltring; brother, Keith Opsahl; two grandchildren, Jessica and Sean Konitzer; daughter-in-law, Donna Konitzer; son-in-law, Keith Treppish; brother and sisters-in-law; and many other loved ones.

Memorials to Mayville Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Mayville, would be appreciated.
The family would like to thank the staff of Mayville Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center for their amazing care of Joanne throughout her stay with them.

A funeral was held Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield. Joanne’s brother, Erhard Opsahl, officiated at Joanne's funeral service. Joanne is buried next to her beloved husband and near to her mother and father.

Church and Chapel arranged the funeral and burial for the family.