Genrose S. Brabender, 90

Mrs. Genrose Brabender, of Lighthouse Communities in West Bend, formerly of Belgium, Mequon and Tucson, Arizona, passed away at The Kathy Hospice in West Bend early Sunday morning, May 3, 2015. She was 90.

Genrose was born in the town of Belgium on Jan. 3, 1925, daughter of John and Sylvina Rach Hubing. On June 17, 1944, she was united in marriage with Alex Brabender at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Dacada. The couple settled in Belgium and moved to Mequon in 1955. They later moved to Tucson, Arizona. Alex preceded her in death in 2006, and Gen moved back to Wisconsin in 2012.

Mrs. Brabender enjoyed camping, traveling and square dancing; she and Alex were founding members of Square Benders Square Dance Club and the National Square Dance Campers Association. Mrs. Brabender also volunteered her time at Mequon Care Center for many years.

She is survived by her two daughters, Jean Spry of Grafton and Susan (the late Victor) Doers of Theresa; two grandsons, Myron “Mick” Spry of Port Washington and John Spry of Belfield, North Dakota; and two great-grandchildren, Mikaela and Ryan Spry, both of Tucson, Arizona. She is further survived by three sisters, Gertrude (the late Ed) Fieber of Port Washington, and Kathleen (the late Ken) Bares and Mary (the late Gene) Bares, both of Belgium; three brothers, Norbert (the late Esther), Melvin (Sandy) and Gerald (Arline) Hubing, all of Belgium; sister-in-law, Violet Brabender of Port Washington; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband; three infant daughters; two sisters, Agnes Bahr and Regina Augustine; and five brothers, Emil, Donald, Robert, Joe and John.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, St. Nicholas Chapel, W4274 Highway K, Dacada. The Rev. Todd Budde will preside. She will be laid to rest in the parish cemetery beside her husband. The family will receive visitors at the church on Thursday from 9-11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested. The Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

The family would like to extend their thanks to Lighthouse Communities and The Kathy Hospice, both of West Bend, for the wonderful care they gave mom.