Lillian Kohlwey, 96
April 1, 1922 -- Jan. 12, 2019

Lillian Kohlwey, 96 Lillian Kohlwey, 96, of Grafton, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Lasata Care Center on Jan. 12, 2019. Lillian was born April 1, 1922, in Grafton, the daughter of Erwin and Beata (Heidtke) Groth. On May 18, 1946, Lillian married Benoit Kohlwey at Trinity Lutheran Church, Cedarburg. She was first and foremost a homemaker, taking care of her family until her children were older, when she then worked at First Immanuel School in the hot lunch program. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother always putting family first.

Lillian found great faith and peace at First Immanuel Church where she attended faithfully throughout her life. She was active in the Ladies’ Aid Group and LWML at church and a volunteer at Bethesda Thrift Store in Milwaukee for many years. She was a 4-H leader for the Town and Country 4-H Club while the children were growing up. Lillian enjoyed travelling, quilting, making rag rugs, knitting and crocheting.

She donated many homemade hats, prayer shawls and lap blankets to those in need. She was famous for her homemade pickles, which she graciously shared with family and friends.

Lillian is survived by sons, Donald (Sandra), Keith (Lois) and Kevin (Janet), and son-in-law, Paul Laubenstein. She is further survived by grandchildren, Amy (Alan) Daniels, Matthew Laubenstein, Kimberly (William) Krolick, Kyle, Bryan (Amy), Amanda and Kelly (Steve) Grosskreutz; step-grandchildren, Jennifer Grosskreutz, Cory Rammer, Ryan (Julie) Rammer and Elizabeth (Jonathon) Carlson; 23 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Anita Prochnow, Florence Radtke and Renata Rappold; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and multiple friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara; grandson, Eric; siblings, Ethel (Charles) Denow, Franklin (Norma) Groth, Myrtle (Elmer) Laubenstein, Mae (Robert) Cram and Doris (Glenn) Cram; brothers-in-law, Walter (Dorothea), Ruben (Evelyn), George Jr. (Shirley), Alfred Prochnow, Gerald
Rathke, and Kenneth Rappold; and sisters-in-law, Georgiana (Milton) Rettmann, Esther (Martin) Koeller and Eleonora (Bernard) Dobberpuhl.

A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at First Immanuel Lutheran Church, W67 N622 Evergreen Blvd., Cedarburg. Family will receive friends Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Memorials may be made out to First Immanuel Church or a charity of choice.

Special thanks from the family to Lasata Care Center and Compassus Hospice for the kind, loving care given to Lillian. For online condolences, please go to

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory Grafton assisted the family with arrangements.