Bernice Esther Blank, 84
Oct. 24, 1931 Jan. 13, 2016

Bernice Esther Blank, 84 Bernice Esther Blank (nee Merten), 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Jan. 13, 2016. She was born to Peter and Melinda (nee Spaeth) Merten on Oct. 24, 1931. She was married to Robert H. Blank on Aug. 27, 1955, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Slinger.

Bernice was a homemaker and lived on the family farm until 2006, when she moved to West Bend. She enjoyed cooking, crafting, crocheting and playing bingo. Bernice loved spending time with her family and had a special affection for all her animals. She enjoyed life and always had a happy demeanor.

Bernice is survived by her dear children, Michael (Christine) Blank of Slinger, Barbara (John) Becker of Fond du Lac, Susan Blank of Jackson, Annette Blank of West Bend and Richard (Jennifer) Blank of Kewaskum; nine grandchildren; sisters, Joan (Tom) Wenninger and Marie (Fred) Rate; brother, Theodore (Marilyn) Merten; sisters-in-law, Theresa Merten, Lillian Blank and Rosemarie Weninger; brother-in-law, Joseph Hennes; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; brothers, Robert Merten and James Merten; nephew, Brian Rate; sistersin- law, Dorothy (Donald) Pfeifer and Eleanor Hennes; and brother-in-law, Myron Weninger.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at Resurrection Catholic Church in Allenton (215 Main St.) with the Rev. Richard Stoffel presiding. Visitation will be held at the church from noon-2:45 p.m. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Allenton.

A special thank you to Dr. Mosley and staff, St. Joseph emergency, second and third floor staff, and the staff at Ivy Manor (building 2) in West Bend.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com