Arlene E. Kohler, 82
Sept. 4, 1934 — Oct. 15, 2016
Arlene E. Kohler (nee Heinecke), 82, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, surrounded by family at The Kathy Hospice of West Bend. She was born Sept. 4, 1934, in Allenton to Emil and Elsie (nee Zimmel) Heinecke. She married the love of her life, Walter J. Kohler, on May 30, 1956, in Allenton. Together they did a lot of dancing and traveling to Europe, Alaska, and winters in Arizona. Arlene enjoyed her 30 years working as a CNA at the Samaritan of West Bend.
Arlene is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Walter; children, Jean (Tim) Essinger, Donald (Nancy) Kohler and Kris (Joe) Swanson; grandchildren, Eric (Sara) Essinger, Jessica (Chris) Indiraraj, Aaron (Darcie) Kohler, Chad (Marie) Kohler, Elizabeth Kohler, Eric (Jill Kostac) Swanson and Heidi (fiancé Steve Meyer) Swanson; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lucille (Ray) Roecker and Maryann (Frank) Ewert; and her inlaws, Lois (Ralph) Krueger, Carol (Tom) Vogeler, Barbara (Sal) Natoli and Paulette (Bob) Griffa. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Arlene is preceded in death by her grandson, Sean Essinger; parents; siblings, Helen Rate, Ervin Heinecke, Edwin Heinecke, Harry Heinecke, Lester Heinecke, Robert Heinecke, Adeline Kempken, Bernice Schmidt and Merlin Heinecke (POW/MIA Korea); and brother-in-law, Eugene (Caroline) Kohler.
A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at St John’s Lutheran Church (809 S. Sixth Ave., West Bend, WI 53095) with the Rev. David Kellerman presiding. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Interment will follow at Washington County Memorial Park.
A special thank you to the nurses in the ICU at Hartford Hospital and at The Kathy Hospice of West Bend.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.