Anita M. Korneli

Anita M. Korneli (nee Behrens), 96, of West Bend, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at the Samaritan Health Center. She was born Aug. 24, 1922, in Sheboygan to Joseph and Leona (nee Van der Bloemen) Behrens.

On Oct. 20, 1945, she was united in marriage to Theodore J. Korneli at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg. He preceded her in death Dec. 29, 1995.

Anita enjoyed playing the guitar and played in the Texas Ramblers band when she was younger. After their marriage, Anita and Joseph loved spending time up north at their cottage in Princeton. After their retirement they started spending their winters in Florida.

She enjoyed baking and reading her cookbooks.

Anita is survived by her four children, Patty (Gary) Ping of Pensacola, Florida, Judy (Dale) Feucht of West Bend, Mike (Deb) Korneli of West Bend and Cindy (special friend Larry) Rebstock of Pensacola, Florida; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Leona Behrens; her husband, Theodore Korneli; one brother, Joseph; two sisters, Janet Liebel and Marion Melloy; and dear friends, Wanda Yehl and Rob Yehl.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend with the Rev. Patrick Heppe presiding. Burial will follow in Washington County Memorial Park. The family will greet visitors Monday at the church from 9:30-10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Salvation Army are appreciated.

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