Geraldine M. Althaus, 88
May 26, 1927 ó Jan. 13, 2016
Geraldine M. ďGeriĒ Althaus (nee Puls), 88, of West Bend, was called home to be with her Lord, and the long-awaited reunion with her daughter and husband, on Monday, Jan. 13, 2016, at The Kathy Hospice with her family by her side.
She was born May 26, 1927, in Fremont to the late Otto and Marie (nee Eake) Puls. Geri was raised in Fremont and graduated from Weyawega High School in the class of 1944. She then attended beautician school in Appleton. Geri moved to West Bend and worked as a beautician at Hedwig Bartelts Beauty Salon. She also worked as a beautician for several local funeral homes during her career.
Geri met her husband Carl F. Althaus in West Bend and they were united in marriage June 7, 1952, at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Fremont. Together they built their home in West Bend and lived there the rest of her life.
Geri was a longtime member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was active in many church functions, especially Ladies Aid. You could find her in church every Saturday night with her good friend and driver, Alice Brager. She was also a regular at the Wednesday morning Bible classes, and had a great many church friends. Geri was an Auxiliary Gold Circle member of the Fred A. Schaefer VFW Post 1393 in West Bend. She helped audit their books, along with other functions. Geri was also a member and gold star sister of the Fremont American Legion Post. Geri had an endless amount of energy and led a very active and full life. She was out and about every day.
Those left behind to cherish Geriís memory include her son, Carl J. (Jean) Althaus of West Bend; two loving grandchildren, Stacey (friend James Hofmann) Althaus of Houston and Trevor Althaus of Los Angeles; brother, Gordon (Lisa) Puls of Fremont; special niece and goddaughter, Judy (Bill) Standiford of New Berlin; special friends, Diane and Dan Immel of Dundee; dear friend and her ride around town, Diane Albinger (along with the whole breakfast gang); very close friend, Nelly Tichonova of Moscow, (she always loved to hear from Nelly); and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Marie; husband, Carl F. Althaus; daughter, Linda Marie Althaus; sister and her husband, Geneva (Arne) Johnson; two brothers, Wilbur ďBudĒ Puls and Gilbert Puls, along with his wife, Muriel; sister-in-law and her husband, Carol (Vernon) Laux; and two brothers-inlaw, Paul Althaus, and Ralph Althaus.
Funeral services in remembrance of Geri will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church (809 S. Sixth Ave., West Bend). The Rev. David Kellerman will officiate. Burial will follow in Washington County Memorial Park.
Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Home (1315 W. Washington St., West Bend) from 3-6 p.m., and Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
Memorials to St. Johnís Foundation or the American Legion are appreciated by the family.
Special thank you to the wonderful caregivers Geri has had over the past six weeks, especially the staff of The Kathy Hospice, the Rev. Dave Kellerman for his uplifting visits and for sharing the Lordís word in her final hours, and to the Rev. Chris Bruskiewicz and Carla and their family (Geriís adopted grandchildren) for a special visit at the hospice last week.
The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Home have been entrusted with Geriís care. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.