Gertrude L. “Gert” Klemens, age 88, formerly of Port Washington, WI, died peacefully Tuesday morning, June 28, 2016 at her home in Wauwatosa.
She was born on August 8, 1927 in Port Washington, WI; daughter of Alois and Elsie Scheftgen Betz. Gert grew up on East Prospect Street, attending St. Mary’s School and a graduate of Port Washington High School.
Over the years she had lived in the “Sweet Cake Hill Apartments”, waitressed at Smith Bros. Restaurant, was a dispatcher for the Port Washington Police Department and the first business administrator when Heritage Nursing Home opened in Port Washington in 1965.
When she took a job at Midwest Outerwear in Port Washington, Gert met and married Paul Klemens of Milwaukee on May 23, 1981 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Wauwatosa. Together they started their journey.
Active with the Good Sam Club, Gert and Paul traveled the country in their motor home. From Alaska to New York, cross-crossing the United States, stopping to see family and friends along the way, the two of them on the road. She and her husband enjoyed sharing the personal crafts they made, playing cards or just staying home. With her travels, Gert became quite the collector of pins and music boxes.
Gert is survived by her husband Paul; her daughter Deb (James) Woodham of Franklin, NC; her grandchildren Jessa (Stephen) Stoneburner and Jed (Gretchen) Brown, both of Asheville, NC; great-grandchildren Evelyn “Evie” and Ida Pepper Brown; step-children Laura Ann (Terry) King and Paulette (Fred) Yerke, both of West Allis, Saundra (Scott) Smith of Brookfield and Paul (Jean) Klemens of Racine; step-grandchildren Scott King, Ronald (Leah) and David (Sara) Loing, Michael, James (Tracy), Jennifer and Jessica Smith, P.J. and Alyssa Klemens; step-great-grandchildren Ronni, Jordan, Colin, Alissa, Evan, Alex, Jacob, Annadella and Parker Loing, Dominic Jeffords, Olivia and Isabel Smith and Skyler Klemens; and step-great-great-grandchild Addison Loing; Gert’s brother-in-law Rich Russart of West Bend, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her sisters Audrey Russart and Marjorie “Marge” (the late Erin H.) Poole and her brother-in-law Jerome (the late Mary) Klemens.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1PM Saturday, July 2, 2016 at St. John XXIII Parish-St. Mary’s Church (newly re-named, “the big church on the hill”), 430 N Johnson Street, Port Washington, WI. Reverend Patrick Wendt will be the celebrant. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Washington. Family will receive friends from 10:30AM-12:30PM Saturday at the POOLE FUNERAL HOME/Crematory, 203 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington prior to the Mass. Memorials to the charity of choice appreciated.
Special thanks to the Visiting Physicians Association of West Allis and Grace Hospice for the comfort and care.
Information and condolences available at www.poolefh.com or 262/284-4431.