Jean M. Krell, 73
June 23, 1945 -- Jan. 25, 2019

Jean M. Krell, 73 Jean M. Krell (nee Lehn), of West Bend, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at The Kathy Hospice at the age of 73. She was born June 23, 1945, in West Bend to the late Harvey and Mary (nee Kaiser) Lehn.

She attended local schools, graduating from West Bend High School with the Class of 1963.

In the early 1970s, she began working at the West Bend Co. She worked as an executive assistant to the company president and vice president, retiring in 1995.

For many years, she was a devoted and faithful volunteer for area organizations. She accumulated more than 5,000 hours with the St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary, and also with the Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County.

She loved to garden and, as an avid reader, was a welcomed patron of the West Bend Community Memorial Library.

Survivors include her children, Timothy (Sarah Ingle) Krell of West Bend and Kerry Krell of Bristol; grandson, Brodie Krell of West Bend; two sisters, Linda (Guy Pearson) Sheehan of West Bend and Chris Lehn; nephew, Jeremy Lehn; and other relatives and many friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husband, Ellis, on Feb. 12, 2016, and her beloved dog, Schatzie.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend with the Rev. Patrick Heppe officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation at the funeral home Thursday from 4 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.

Jean’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Jahnke and the staff at The Kathy Hospice for the care, concern and compassion.

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