Alice R. Bingen, 89
Sept. 16, 1925 -- May 3, 2015
Alice R. Bingen, nee Bodden, entered into eternal peace on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at the Lighthouse in West Bend at the age of 89. Alice was born on Sept. 16, 1925, in the town of Theresa, to the late Edmund and Pauline (nee Ritger) Bodden. After graduating from West Bend High School, she was employed at the Gehl Co.
On July 10, 1948, Alice married Norbert Bingen. They lived in West Bend for a short time. In 1953, they moved to Allenton to farm and raise their family. They were married for 58 years when Norbert passed away in February 2007. Together they operated a dairy farm in Allenton and raised their five children.
Alice was employed at St. Joseph’s Community Hospital for many years in the dietary department. She enjoyed working and meeting people.
She was an active member of Resurrection Catholic Church (formerly Sacred Heart Parish). She had a great devotion to God and her church. She also enjoyed playing cards, Milwaukee Brewers baseball, crafting, gardening, canning, baking and spending time with family and friends. She and Norbert enjoyed traveling and ballroom dancing.
She truly enjoyed her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. Her eyes lit up when the little ones visited.
Those Alice leaves behind to cherish her memory include her five children, Steve (Michelle) Bingen of West Bend, Jane (Jerry) Pflughoeft of Slinger, Elaine (Dave) Strachota of Grafton, John (Nancy) Bingen of Allenton and Bob Bingen of Allenton.
She is further survived by her grandchildren, Andy (Amber), Dayna, Samantha, Ryan, Zack (Emma), Chelsea and Jillian Bingen, Matthew (fiancée Amanda) and Adam (Ashley) Strachota; and step-grandchildren, Mike and David (Kristin) Pflghoeft. She is further survived by her great-grandchildren, Lucas and Lauren Bingen, Aurelia Strachota and one more little Strachota due in August; and two step-great-grandchildren, Logan and Eden Pflughoeft.
Other survivors include her sisters, Esther Kirsch of St. Lawrence and Loretta Sauer of Fond du Lac; her sister-in-law Virginia Weyer of West Bend; many nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to her husband and parents, Alice was preceded in death by four brothers and their wives, Peter (Helen), Bernard (Norma), Leo (Dolores) and Alfred (Ann) Bodden; two sisters and their husbands, Eleanor (LeRoy) Miller and Flora (Richard) Johnston; brothers-in-law Walter Sauer, Anthony Kirsch, Leo (Dorothy), Raymond, Clarence and Wilmer Bingen and Jim Weyer; two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Marie (Tony) Konrath and Veronica (Andy) Yogerst; nephews, Jim Weyer and Tom Yogerst; and a niece, Wendy Bodden.
A Mass of Christian Burial to honor the life of Alice will be held on Friday, May 8, at 6 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 215 Main St., Allenton, with the Rev. Richard Stoffel presiding. The family will greet relatives and friends at the church from 3:30-5:45 p.m. Interment will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Allenton.
Those that wish may give memorials to Resurrection Parish or to The Threshold Inc. Sheltered Workshop.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the caregivers at the Lighthouse, to Serenity Hospice and to Dr. Gibson for his care and compassion throughout the years.
The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.