Marianne Gielow, 53
Jan. 29, 1962 -- May 10, 2015
Marianne Gielow (nee Neu), age 53, of West Bend, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, May 10, 2015, at The Kathy Hospice. She was born on Jan. 29, 1962, in Milwaukee to Robert and Nancy (nee Hambuch) Neu.
She was raised in Brookfield and graduated from Brookfield West High School in 1980. She met her high school sweetheart, the late Derek Wittkowske, and they married on March 24, 1984, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Brookfield and were blessed with two beautiful children.
She was lucky enough to find love again in 2003 when she met Jerry Gielow in Jackson, and were united in marriage on June 26, 2006, in Las Vegas. Marianne was employed as a produce manager at Walmart for eight years.
She was known for her positive attitude in life, beautiful smile and love for her children. Her passions in life were crafting, gardening, cooking/baking and a love for the outdoors. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and cats who will all miss her deeply.
Marianne is survived by her husband of nine years, Jerry; her children, Megan A. (Justin Ott) and Joshua E. Wittkowske; her parents, Robert and Nancy; fathers-in-law, Chuck Wittkowske, Ray Mallo and Gerald Gielow; sisters-in-law, Kelly (Mike) Long and Deborah (Jim) Magoon; godparents, Gloria Pucek and Richard Neu; nieces, Nicole (Tim) Muenchow and Lisa Long; and other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by Derek Wittkowske; mother-in-law, Karen (nee Powers) Wittkowske; brother, Christopher Neu; and uncle, Elmer Pucek.
A funeral service will be held at Phillip Funeral Home (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend) on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 2 p.m. with Deacon Ron Schneider officiating. Visitation will be held at Phillip Funeral Home chapel on Thursday, May 14, from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park in West Bend immediately following the service.
A special thank you to Cedar Community, Kraemer Cancer Center and The Kathy Hospice for their wonderful care and support through these difficult times. Also a special thanks to everyone who contributed to Marianne’s cancer benefit.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at www.phillipfuneralhome.com