Bernard 'Bernie' Zwiefelhofer, 87
Jan. 14, 1928 -- Jan. 17, 2015

Bernard 'Bernie' ZwiefelhoferBernard Michael “Bernie” Zwiefelhofer passed away peacefully surrounded by family in his Mequon home on Jan. 17, 2015, at 87 years of age. He was born on Jan. 14, 1928, to John and Mary (Roith) Zwiefelhofer in Boyd. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary (Apple) and their children, David (Rita Mullen) of Madison, Linda Costa (Julio) of Oak Ridge, N.C., Laura Elbakkal of Hopkins, Minn., Paul Zwief (Jennifer) of Cedarburg, Lisa Hebenstreit of Albuquerque, N.M., Peter (Sarah) of Whitefish Bay; and grandchildren Miles Mullen, Charles Mullen, Daniel Costa, Elise Costa, Laila Elbakkal, Kareem Elbakkal, Ryan Zwief, Benjamin Zwief, Samuel Hebenstreit, Timothy Hebenstreit, Lewis Zwiefelhofer and Jack Zwiefelhofer. He is further survived by his sister Claudia Ryba of Rice Lake and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother John and sisters Elaine Overman, Delores Ripienski and Jeanette Overman.

He left the family dairy farm in his teens to serve in the Navy during the tail end of World War II. After the war, he resettled in Milwaukee. An avid dancer, he met his wife Mary at a YMCA dance. He owned and operated Bernard’s Beauty Salon in Glendale for 35 years. He was a passionate card player, skier, tennis player, golfer, sailor and fervent patriot.

Bernie’s family cherished his zest for life. They feel blessed to have had him in their lives and will always remember his big, broad smile.

Visitation will be on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, from 11 a.m. until time of funeral mass at noon at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 2700 W. Mequon Road, Mequon. A luncheon will follow after mass.

Entombment of cremains will be on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 11:30 a.m. at Resurrection Mausoleum in Mequon. If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Bernie’s family is ever so grateful and appreciative of the special care of all the private caregivers over the years and would like to extend a thank you to Compassionate Care Hospice during the last few months.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services, 10280 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, is serving the family, www.schmidtandbartelt.com