Therese DuCharme

Therese DuCharme, (nee Urban), 90, of West Bend, found peace Monday, June 13, 2016 at the Samaritan Health Center, West Bend.

She was born July 9, 1925, to the late Louis and Mary Catherine (nee Falada) Urban in Lime Springs, Iowa. On July 16, 1946, she was united in marriage to Roger J. DuCharme in Lourdes, Iowa. Together they made their home in Iowa until moving to West Bend in 1956.

Therese received a teaching certificate and taught all grade levels in a one-room schoolhouse in Mapleleaf, Iowa, early in her life. She also worked at a meat packing plant in Iowa. After marrying Roger, they worked the family dairy farm. After she and Roger moved to West Bend she was hired at Schultz Bros. Dime Store as a bookkeeper. From 1947 to 1962 she gave birth to eight healthy children. Therese enjoyed gardening (especially her roses and other flowers), clipping coupons and, at the height of the Cabbage Patch craze, she was quite successful at making and selling these dolls for family and friends. Therese was skilled at making awesome homemade bread and a variety of delicious jams and jellies and cookies that were enjoyed by family and friends.

Those Therese leaves behind to cherish memories of her include her eight children, Ronald (Marita) DuCharme of West Bend, Lynda DuCharme of West Bend, Suzy (Michael) Rudolf of South Milwaukee, Rosy DuCharme of West Bend, Marilyn (Rick) Learned of Glendale, Arizona, Randi Hoffmann of Fond du Lac, Terri (Jerry) Lemke of Campbellsport and Mark (Christine Steuer) DuCharme of West Bend; eight grandchildren, Steve (Krystal Huber) DuCharme, Jessie (Dan) Fouks, Kelly DuCharme, Jennifer Learned, Sarah Learned, Wayne Hoffmann Jr., Nikki (Steve) Hoerth, and Angie Cowling; six great-grandchildren, Tylar Fischer, Tanner, Devin, and Preston Hoffmann, Hailey and Katie Fouks, and Theresa DuCharme; sister, Leona Urban; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Other than her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Roger J. DuCharme; 11 brothers and sisters; and special friend of the family, Bonnie Opsal.

The family extends its appreciation to the staff of Samaritan Health Center, especially the fourth-floor staff, for all of their care and kindness to Mom during the past three years. The family also thanks Horizon Hospice for their comfort and care during the end of Mom’s life.

A Memorial Mass in remembrance of Therese will be held at noon Monday, June 27, at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church (1610 Monroe St., West Bend). Burial of the cremated remains will be at Calvary Cemetery in Manitowoc at a later date.

Therese’s family will greet family and friends at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.

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