Eileen Elizabeth Gerner, 93
July 31, 1921 -- June 21, 2015
Eileen Elizabeth (Wegner) Gerner was released from the disease of Alzheimer’s on June 21, 2015. She was born July 31, 1921. About one month short of 94 years, she has been called by God and is now at peace.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Gerner; her father and mother, Gustave and Lillian (Jost) Wegner; brother, Howard (Arlyn); brother, Ralph (Mildred); and sister, Fern Henning (Don).
Keeping her memory alive are daughters, Gloria Jean (George) Becker and Debra Gerner; grandson, Scott (Brianna) Becker; granddaughter, Heather (Jason) Stanic; and grandson, Chad (Tarah) Gerner. She was known as GG by her five great-grandchildren: Nora, Gray, Lilah, Everly and Chase. Surviving siblings include Robert (Lorraine) Wegner and Martin (Marlene) Wegner. She was blessed by a special relationship with neighbors, Larry and Helen Lang, as well as other family and friends.
Eileen was born and raised in Grafton. She married on May 9, 1942, and together with Earl raised their children in West Bend. She began her work experiences as a nanny for the Grob family. She went on to be employed by Grobs Manufacturing, Amity Leather, Sears, First State Bank of West Bend and Marine Bank. She retired as a personal banker with Bank One in July of 1986. In 2003, she moved to Manor Point Independent Living in Oak Creek. Her final Earthly home was Mitchell Manor, Oak Creek. She and Earl enjoyed travel that took them to most countries of Europe and Asia, as well as all the states except Alaska. Eileen continued her mother’s tradition of baking up to 75 recipes of intricate Christmas cookies each year. She was a hard worker and took pride in her efforts. Her mantra was, “Whatever you do, do with all of your might. Whatever is worth doing is worth doing right.” To that end, she was a member of the local Homemakers’ Club. Eileen was a 4-H and Brownie/Girl Scout leader. Additionally, she was an involved member of PACE, a professional women’s organization.
Eileen was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church her entire adult life. She taught Sunday school for many years, helped clean the church and was a member of Dorcus Society and the Altar Guild.
A celebration of Eileen’s life will take place on Sunday, July 5, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church (140 N. Seventh Ave. West Bend, WI). The visitation will start at 2 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. service.
Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or flowers are welcome.
Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.