Nola Rae Witzlib, 74
Aug. 29, 1941 — June 24, 2016

Nola Rae Witzlib, 74 Nola Rae Witzlib, of the town of West Bend, formerly of Mequon, passed away June 24 at The Kathy Hospice in West Bend. She was 74.

Nola was born in Port Washington on Aug. 29, 1941, to Raymond Bley and Violet Wessel Bley. She grew up in Port Washington and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1959. She went on to Oshkosh State College (now the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh) and St. Joseph’s Hospital, becoming certified as a medical technologist. She enjoyed a long career, including more than 20 years at Cedar Mills Medical Group in Cedarburg.

On Oct. 6, 1962, Nola married Curtis Witzlib at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington. Nola was a longtime member of Lumen Christi Catholic Church in Mequon before moving to West Bend and joining St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Slinger, where she served as an usher. She was an active member of many organizations, including the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, the YMCA in West Bend, the Red Hats Society and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Nola is survived by her husband, Curt, and their five children, Duane (Amy) Witzlib of Germantown, Christopher (Linda) Witzlib of Port Washington, Michelle (David) Schwartzbard) of South Orange, New Jersey, Ed Witzlib of Milwaukee and John (Ginger) Witzlib of Menomonee Falls. She was extremely proud of her eight grandchildren, Clarke, Amanda, Rachel, Robert, Nicole, Lauren, Lucius and Nadia. She is further survived by her sister, Brenda (Bill) Swannack of Menomonie; sister-in-law, Phyllis (Warren) Grady of Baraboo; brother-in-law, Paul (Del) Witzlib of Green Valley, Arizona; and many other family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Nicholas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Resurrection Catholic Church (215 Main St., Allenton), with the Rev. Richard Stoffel presiding. Visitation will precede the Mass at the church from 3-6 p.m. Private interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Washington.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Slinger for their building expansion or to the Museum of Wisconsin Art (

The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is honored to serve the family. Online condolences may be left at