Genevieve E. Draxler, 89

Genevieve E. Draxler, nee Wagner, of West Bend, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at the Samaritan Health center at the age of 89. She was born Dec. 30, 1926, in Butternut to the late Henry and Elizabeth (nee Hildebrand) Wagner.

On Nov. 15, 1949, she was united in marriage to Eugene J. Draxler at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Park Falls.

Following their marriage, the couple lived in Park Falls. For a short time, they lived in Stevens Point before settling in West Bend in 1959. She had been employed at various companies, retiring from Universal Strap in Jackson.

Throughout her life, she was an exceptional crafter. She sewed, painted, dipped and draped dolls, and she loved to tend to her gardens and care for her yard.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Eugene; three children, Susan of West Bend, Sally of West Bend and Matthew (Joyce) of West Bend; one daughter- in-law, Linda Draxler of Slinger; seven grand-children; nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Rosella Blum of West Bend; brothers-in law and sister-in-law, James Miller of West Bend, Frank Draxler of Park Falls and Gloria Draxler of Park Falls; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Michael; one great-grandson; and brothers and sisters, Sylvester (Luthera) Wagner, Chester Wagner, Esther Wagner, Vernon Wagner, William (Darlene) Wagner and Elizabeth Miller.

Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend. The family will greet relatives and friends from 4-5:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Private burial services will be held.

The family has requested memorials to The Samaritan Health Center.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at