Agnes L. Bast, 97
May 4, 1917 -- March 10, 2015

Agnes L BastAgnes L. Bast, nee Hoelz, of West Bend passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Froedtert Health St. Joseph’s Hospital at the age of 97. She was born May 4, 1917, on the Hoelz Family farm near Rockfield, in the town of Germantown.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Paul W. Bast, on April 12, 2000. Paul and Agnes were married in Germantown on October 26, 1940. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Walter J. and Ella K. (nee Hornig) Hoelz and her parents- in-law Paul J. and Bertha (nee Mantz) Bast. Others preceding Agnes in death were her brothers Clarence and Rueben Hoelz, sisters-in-law Dorothy Hoelz, Louise Stokes and Alice Huebner and brothers-in-law William Sponholz, Frederick Huebner, Stanley Stokes and Jorge Bustamante.

She is survived by her children Thomas R. (Carol) Bast of West Bend, Susan L. (Roger) Winninghoff of Omro, David S. (Pamela) Bast of West Bend and Jean L. (Doug) Chaput of Fort Myers, Florida; eight grandchildren Tom (Jenny) Winninghoff, Amy Winninghoff, Debbie (Peter) Prahl, Jeff (Cheryl) Bast, Jacob (Laura) Bast, Katie (Andy) Bast, Travis (Sabrinna) Chaput and Brian Chaput and 11 great-grandchildren Alina Prahl, Anna Prahl, Kate Winninghoff, Caden Bast, Will Bast, Noah Bast, Joshus Bast, Maggie Bast, Joseph Bast, Emett Chaput and Ellsa Chaput. She is further survived by her sister Linda Sponholz and sisters-in-law Jean Bustamante and Dorothy C. Hoelz. While growing up on a dairy farm in Rockfield, she acquired many talents and skills that served her well throughout her life. Most importantly, she was an active member of her church. This quality was an important part of her life since her childhood. With a supportive Christian family, she grew in her faith, and lovingly passed it on to all she knew. She was known for her wonderful holiday meals and loving hospitality to family and friends.

She was an active member of the Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church where she worked on many volunteer projects with the United Methodist Women. For many years, she also volunteered at Cedar Community. She was a past member of the West Bend Country Club, the West Bend Women’s Club and several bridge clubs.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeremy Deaner officiating. A private burial will take place Friday. The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation at the church on Thursday from 4 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church or to Cedar Community Foundation.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at

Agnes’ family would also like to thank the staff at Cedar Bay East and Dr. Robert Gibson for their kind and compassionate care.