Yvonne A. Lockwood, 89
Aug. 23, 1925 -- Jan. 7, 2015
Yvonne A. Lockwood, 89, of Jackson, passed away peacefully on Jan. 7, 2015, at the Matterhaus, a memory care facility on the campus of the Gables of Germantown. She was born on Aug. 23, 1925, in Grafton to the late Alfred and Lillian Puerling.
She graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee.
After a long train ride to California with her mother, she married her high school sweetheart, Ensign Alfred G. Froehlich, U.S. Navy, in the Old Mission Church in Santa Barbara on Aug. 14, 1944. Five weeks later Al’s ship, LSM-15, departed for the western Pacific theater of war. He was not to return for more than a year.
Yvonne and Al moved from Milwaukee to Michigan and then to West Bend where they built a house on the Milwaukee River near Newburg.
There they raised a splendid family of four children: James Froehlich, MD (Jackie) of West Bend, Lynn Russell (Michael) of Loveland, Colorado, Thomas Froehlich (Mary) of West Bend, and Patricia Verfuerth of Plymouth and Palm Springs, California. All have survived and have enriched her with 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Yvonne was a delightful woman and a loving mom. She was active at the Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Newburg and president of the West Bend Garden Club.
She served enthusiastically for more than 30 years in many capacities in the West Bend Lioness-Lions Club. On Aug. 19, 2009, Yvonne was presented with a Melvin Jones Fellowship award. The award honors the founder, Melvin Jones of the Lions Club International. It is the highest form of recognition conferred by the foundation which meets humanitarian needs in communities worldwide. She loved to travel. She visited nine southern European countries from Spain to Turkey, and most of the United States, from Alaska to Georgia and from Maine to California.
After 54 years of marriage, her beloved husband, Al Froehlich, died on April 7, 1999. On March 18, 2006, she married George Lockwood, a widower who had been married 54 years to Anne Farnsworth of Providence, Rhode Island.
Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, James Puerling (Mary). She is survived by her brother Jack Puerling, her sister Ruth Koenigs, her sister-in-law Mary Puerling, her niece Lee Nyberg (Ken) and her stepson John Lockwood (Terri).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 10, at Holy Angels Parish, 230 N. Eighth Ave., West Bend. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Committal services at the Washington County Memorial Park will follow Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Holy Angels Parish, Alzheimer’s Disease Research or the Washington County Humane Society.
The family would like to thank her friend Joan Harter from Comfort Keepers, the staff of “angels” at Samaritan Health Center, the conscientious and loving caregivers at the Matterhaus, and the kind and competent assistance from Jodi, RN, from Season’s Hospice.
The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.