Elma Anna Faber, 83
May 21, 1932 -- Aug. 29, 2015
Elma Anna Faber, “Toots,” (nee Gerlach), 83, of West Bend, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Elma was born May 21, 1932, to Walter and Vita (nee Grotelueschen) Gerlach and married William G. Faber on July 15, 1950.
Elma will be sadly missed by her husband of 65 years, William “Bill”; her children, William (Tammy) Faber, Jewel (Donald) Ehlke and Holly (Timothy) Steldt; six grandchildren, Kelly (Greg) Bennett, Shawn (Trisha) Faber, Tammy (Eric) Fabitz, Jamie (Alexandra) Ehlke, Courtney (Nathaniel) Weiss and Ashley (fiance Travis Rasch) Steldt; and nine great-grandchildren, Alicia and Katelyn Bennett, Kora and Kinsley Faber, Emery and Easton Fabitz, and Aubrey, Quinlin and Emileo Ehlke.
Elma is also survived by one brother, Eugene (Sharon) Gerlach; five sisters-in-law, Doris Gerlach, Joyce Gerlach, Jeanice Gerlach, Shirley Klug and June Naumann; two brothers-in-law, Gerald Faber and James (Judy) Faber; and other family and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Walter and Vita Gerlach; her parents-in-law, Milton and Mildred Faber; five brothers, Melvin Gerlach, John Gerlach, Glenn Gerlach, Edwin Gerlach and Raymond Gerlach; one sister, Grace Naumann; three brothers-in-law, Arthur Naumann, LaVern Klug and Edward German; and three sisters-in-law, Sally Gerlach, Mary German and Carol Faber.
Elma loved getting together with her family, had a very special talent for sewing and enjoyed creating many things with her sewing machine, and enjoyed watching the Milwaukee Brewers.
A funeral service will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (777 S. Indiana Ave., West Bend, WI 53095) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, with the Rev. Robert Hein and the Rev. John Paustian officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 4 p.m. until the time of the service.
A special thank you to all of Elma’s caregivers at Seasons Hospice and the Pastors and everyone at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church are appreciated.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: