B. Hartwig (formerly Behm), 96 |
July 16, 2017 ó June 27, 2017
Ilma B. Hartwig, formerly Behm, passed away peacefully at the Ivy Manor, in Jackson, on June 27, 2017, at the age of 96 years.
Ilma was born on July 16, 1920, in Newburg, the daughter of the late Alfred Wolfgram and the late Frieda (nee Bublitz) Wolfgram. She attended Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church and School, on Pleasant Valley Road, as a child, and remained a member of the church throughout her life.
Ilma was united in marriage to Walter Behm, at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, on Oct. 3, 1942. Their marriage was blessed with seven children, Audrey, Arlene, Don, Darold, Alice, Dave and Dale. In 1967, Walter passed away at an early age, leaving his beloved wife to tend to their family. She was truly the matriarch of the family, and instilled many of the values that her children still carry with them today. Ilma loved spending time with her family, especially attending her children and grandchildrenís sporting events. She also enjoyed going to the Jackson Senior Center, as well as playing sheepshead.
Ilma met Henry Hartwig and they were later wed on Dec. 19, 1973. Henry and Ilma blended their two families together and continued to stress the importance of God to their families over their 30 years of marriage. Henry passed away in 2003, and shortly thereafter, Ilma moved in with her daughter, Audrey.
Ilma is survived by her children: Audrey Deming, Arlene (Roy) Kannenberg, Don (Chris) Behm, Darold (Julie) Behm, Alice (Bob) Boeker, Dave (Diane) Behm, and Dale (Cari) Behm; stepchildren, Bill (Cheryl) Hartwig and Bob (Dawn) Hartwig, stepdaughter- in-law, Sherry Hartwig, and sister-in-law, Helen Wolfgram. She is further survived by 24 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, nine step-great- grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ilma was preceded in death by her husbands, Walter Behm and Henry Hartwig, step-son, Tom Hartwig, siblings: Alida Gierach, Edgar Wolfgram, Walter Wolfgram, and Norbert Wolfgram; sisters-in-law, Lillie (Edmund) Bublitz and Anita Behm, and brothers-in-law, Elmer (Ruth) Behm and Melvin (Irene) Behm.
A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, July 1, 2017, 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church (1268 Pleasant Valley Road), West Bend with Rev. Kenneth Mellon officiating. She was laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Walter Behm, at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Cemetery. She was in state, on Saturday, at the church, from 9 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School or Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church are appreciated.
Mueller Funeral Home, of Cedarburg, is assisting the family. Please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com to view the Ilma Hartwig video tribute or to send online condolences to the family.
The family would like to especially thank her daughter, Audrey for all the years of loving care for mom, as well as Ivy Manor and Seasonís Hospice for their care and compassion.