KolbachAliceKolbach, Alice Catherine, (nee Bichler), 83, of Hales Trail, Port Washington; on January 5th, 2014. Cherished wife of the late Walter A. Kolbach, who died in 1993; adored daughter of the late Emil and Lorena “Lorraine” (nee Wetor) Bichler of Belgium; dearest sister to Richard (Marge) Bichler of Port Washington, John (Evelyn) Bichler of Belgium, David (Shelby) Bichler of Raleigh, NC and her predeceased brother, Harold (Beverly) Bichler of Wheaton, IL; sister-in-law to Robert (Karen) Kolbach of Anaheim, CA, Esther (Edward) Roeckl of Racine and Helen (the late Reggie) Mueller of Port Washington. She is preceded in death by her sister-in-law Eleanor Kolbach Plate and brother-in-law Harold Klug, Sr.

Treasured mother of Eileen (Steve Spoerl) Kolbach of Madison, Marvin (Jayne) Kolbach of the Town of Port Washington, Douglas (Linda) Kolbach of the Town of Grafton, Elizabeth (Richard) Gardipee of Fremont and Ethel Anderson of Port Washington; beloved grandmother to John (Ashley), Jason, Joshua, Terry and Judy Kolbach, Emily and Ellyn Thompson; great-grandmother to Baileigh, Myah and Charles Kolbach.

Alice was born on December 27, 1930 in the Town of Belgium, graduated from Port Washington High School in 1948; a year later married Walter on June 18, 1949 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Dacada and started dairy farming southwest of Port Washington on Sunset Road, now the site of Greystone Homes; was a member of the Knellsville Homemakers, a pool of life-long friends; was a childhood polio survivor; played piano throughout her life; was the granddaughter of state Senator William J. Bichler (1870-1926). She was a social woman, enjoyed lunches with her friends.  She enjoyed gardening, loved nature, especially bird watching.  Alice will forever be in our hearts.

A wake will be held at Poole Funeral Home from 10AM-Noon, January 11, 2014 (Saturday) with a 10AM rosary; funeral mass will follow at 12:30PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 430 N. Johnson Street, Port Washington; Reverend Thomas Lijewski will be the celebrant.  Burial will take place at the parish cemetery in Port Washington. Remembrances may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 430 N. Johnson St., Port Washington WI 53074 or the Milwaukee Audubon Society, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, Bayside, WI 53217.