Ethel M. Benike, 86
Nov. 20, 1929 ó May 1, 2016

Ethel M. Benike, 86 Ethel M. Benike (nee Abel), 86, of West Bend, entered eternal life Sunday, May 1, 2016, surrounded by her loving family after a short and unexpected illness.

She was born Nov. 20, 1929, in West Bend, the daughter of the late Elmer and Elvira (nee Schaefer) Abel. On Sept. 2, 1950, she was united in marriage to Arthur Benike at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Bend.

Ethel will be fondly remembered for her love of sewing, watching Milwaukee Brewers baseball and, in recent years, NASCAR Xfinity Series races due to her grandson Craigís involvement. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband and friends around the country and, most importantly, spending time with her family.

Ethel was a lifetime member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Bend, a member of the Red Hat Society and the Washington County Senior Center.

Those Ethel leaves behind to cherish her memory include two sons, Thomas (Debbie) Benike and James (Judy) Benike, both of West Bend; six grandchildren, Brenda (Gene) Kreis of West Bend, Angela Benike of West Bend, Craig Benike of Mooresville, North Carolina, Ashley (Tim) Jacobson of Kewaskum, and Brad Benike and Jordan Benike, both of West Bend; three great-grandchildren, Kelton and Aidan Kreis, and Carter Jacobson; a sister-in-law, June Weiss of West Bend; a brother- in-law, Earl Schaefer of Casper, Wyoming; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband of 48 years, Arthur, she was preceded in death by twin sisters, Myra (Francis) Nennig and Myrtle (Lloyd) Liepert.

A funeral service for Ethel will be held at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church (809 S. Sixth Ave., West Bend) with the Rev. David Kellerman officiating. Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Washington County Memorial Park in West Bend.

The Benike family will greet relatives and friends from 3 p.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church are appreciated.

The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Ethelís arrangements. Additional information and online guestbook may be found at