Blanche R. Schuelke, 109
Feb. 18, 1907 — July 26, 2016

Blanche R. Schuelke (nee Schaefer), 109, of West Bend died peacefully Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at the Samaritan Health Center. She was born Feb. 18, 1907, in Milwaukee to Arthur and Rose (nee Dapp) Schaefer and married Walter G. Schuelke on Aug. 3, 1935, in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death Aug. 12, 1991.

Following their marriage, Walter and Blanche settled in West Bend. Blanche was very active in the community. She was a member of the Apostolate of Suffering; a longtime member of the West Bend Woman’s Club, beginning in 1935; a member of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary, of which she was a charter member of the original guild in 1937; the Washington County Historical Society; the West Bend Art Museum, of which she was a receptionist from 1974 until 1995; and the DSHA High School in Milwaukee Alumni Association.

Blanche is survived by her two children, Nan (Jase) Moesch and Robert (Barbara) Schuelke; her six grandchildren, Craig (Mary) Hernikl, Julie (Mark) Mertzig, David Hernikl, Jeff (Eva) Schuelke, Tim Schuelke and Elizabeth (Christopher) Grimm; her 11 great-grandchildren, Freddie Mertzig, Sara (Karl) Stone, Taylor (Erin) Hernikl, Cole Hernikl, Rachel Hernikl, Rebecca Hernikl, Ben Schuelke, Tommy Schuelke, Henry Schuelke, Jamie Grimm and Elodie Grimm; and her great-great-grandchild, Keni Stone.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Holy Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Heppe presiding. Burial will follow in Holy Angels Cemetery. The family will greet visitors from 10-10:45 a.m. Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Full Shelf Food Pantry or the Holy Angels School Trust Fund are appreciated.

Our family would like to express our sincere gratitude to the nurses and staff at the Samaritan Health Center, especially those on the first floor, and the nurses and staff at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care for the kindness and compassion given to Blanche.
The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at