Esther M. Brabender, 98
May 12, 1918 — Aug. 5, 2016

Esther M. Brabender (nee Sanem), 98, of West Bend, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She was born May 12, 1918, in Fredonia to Joseph and Margaret (nee Thill) Sanem and married Victor J. Brabender on May 25, 1940, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Fredonia. Victor preceded her in death May 15, 1992.
Esther was a very dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a longtime member of Holy Angels Catholic Church and was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters for more than 75 years.

Esther is survived by her three children, Doris (Steve) Sexton of West Bend, Gary (Lorna) Brabender of West Bend and Vic (Cyndy) Brabender of Kennesaw, Georgia, and seven grandchildren, Craig (Elizabeth) Ormson, Ashley Sexton, Katie (Travis) Thomas, Dan (Samantha) Brabender, Elly (Trevor) VanBoxel, Sara (Austin) Lockman and Nicole (Matt) Osborn. She is further survived by her four great-grandchildren, Taylor, Brody, Dylan and Brynn; her brother, Joseph Sanem of West Bend; her sister-in-law, Ruth Sanem of Plymouth; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Margaret Sanem; her brother, Clarence; and her sister-in-law, Audrey Sanem.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend with the Rev. Patrick Heppe presiding. Burial will follow in Holy Angels Cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends from 10-11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church only.

Esther’s family would like to thank the nursing staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital who cared for her during the past week, with thanks to Dr. Kaufmann, Dr. Mullin, Dr. Olafsson, Dr. Hofstetter and Dr. Thiel. And thanks to the caregivers at the fields for their many years of service and friendship.

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