Pearl E. Bast

Pearl E. Bast, of Germantown passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at the age of 94. She was born Aug. 3, 1921, the daughter of Meta and Edward Schmidt. She grew up in Dheinsville with her foster parents, Adeline and Art Klumb. While attending high school, Pearl met Roland (Rollie) Bast and on June 6, 1942, they were married. They shared a happy life together for 70 years.

Family and friends were Pearl’s passion and delight. Pearl and Rollie created a home that welcomed with open arms many who, during their stay in the home, became part of their family. She was known for the typed notes she sent regularly to people both near and far, keeping them up to date with the latest news. Always active, she loved spending time outdoors, especially during the summer months when everyone gathered for picnics at the “Idle Hour” lake cottage. Pearl enjoyed gardening, baking and cooking, as well as collecting bells, milk glass and family heirlooms that kept her close with her family roots.

Pearl founded Riteway Bus Service with her husband Rollie in 1957 and drove a school bus for many years. She participated in the growth of the company and watched with pride as it became GO Riteway Transportation Group. Pearl traveled with Rollie on the motorcoaches and was often a tour guide for group tours.

As an early morning person, Pearl designed the home that she and Rollie built to have a large picture window in the kitchen, so she could keep an eye on the Riteway buses coming and going as she cooked and baked. Pearl is survived by her children, Ronald (Gail) and Rochelle (Detlef Moore); granddaughter, Wendy (Dave Siedlecki, deceased); grandson, RJ (Stacey); three great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Zoe and Zack; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Pearl was preceded in death by her dear husband, Rollie, and grandson-inlaw, Dave Siedlecki. Pearl is the last of her and Rollie’s siblings — an end of an era. Pearl was a lifelong member of Our Saviour’s United Church of Christ in Germantown.

The family extends special thanks to Sheila Cherwink for her unwavering compassion; Pearl’s in-home caregivers, Monique, Shelby and Chris; to everyone at The Kathy Hospice in West Bend; and to the Germantown shop and office staff for their kindness and affection for Pearl.

Visitation and a celebration of Pearl’s life will be Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and the service will be at 2 p.m. with burial to follow at Dheinsville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Germantown Historical Society, N128 W18780 Holy Hill Road, Germantown, WI 53022.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services of Menomonee Falls is assisting the family: 262-251-3630 or online at