Video of Memorial Service for Eileen Redig

Eileen Redig, age 90, of Port Washington, passed into God’s hands on January 15, at Lincoln Village in Port Washington following a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Eileen was born March 24, 1930 in the Town of Port Washington.

Above all else, she was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Family meant everything to her. She is survived by her children Bonnie (Marion) Taccone of Tucson, Ariz., Susette (Gerry) Ford of Wauwatosa, Wis., Bill (Carrie) Krier of Des Moines, Iowa, and Steve Krier of Waubeka, Wis., as well as nine grandchildren Patrick (Jill) Ford, Rob Ford, Matthew Taccone, Thomas Taccone, Rachel Krier, Nicole Laing, Sydney Krier, Lauren and Ella Krier and their mother Shawna Dart Krier. Four great-grandchildren Collette and Lillian Ford, and Lillian and Eleanor Taccone, also survive her.

Her unequivocal love was expressed in many ways. She showed kindness, humility, and humor to all she met. Her home cooking was without parallel. Her creativity and considerable knitting, sewing, and quilting skills were shared freely with all around her. Her children were amply supplied with hand-knitted caps, scarves, mittens, sweaters, and slippers. She sewed everything imaginable on her faithful Pfaff sewing machine. Until the time her hands could no longer manage it, she crafted a great many quilts for kindergartners at Brown Street Academy in Milwaukee.

Eileen had great taste in all things, especially fashion. She assisted customers at the Young Port Fashions and Lucille’s in Port Washington, as well as Kate Strassman’s Pendleton stores in Port Washington and the Milwaukee area. She later owned and operated the Stonecroft Candy Shop. Right up until her last weeks, no one escaped her home without a treat from one of her candy jars.

Eileen married Bill Krier at St. Mary’s Church in Port Washington on October 25, 1952. Following Bill’s death in 1968 she later married Walter Redig, now deceased. She was a long-time member of St. Mary’s, St. Peter of Alcantara, and St. John XXIII parishes. She is preceded in death by her parents Nic and Helen Bley, and sister Mary Niederkorn. Surviving her are brothers Leroy (and late Joan) Bley, and Nic (Pat) Bley, and sisters-in-law Audrey Schmidt and Sister Regine Redig. Eileen is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Seeing so many of them in her final years brought her great joy.

Her family offers boundless thanks to the nurses and other professionals at St. Croix Hospice who offered her such outstanding compassion and care. In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated at Poole Funeral Home, followed by a private gathering of immediate family. A larger celebration of her life is planned for late summer.

If you wish to honor her memory, be kind to someone. And tell those closest to you how much you love them. Eileen would like that.



  1. I will always remember Eileen as such a kind lady who had such love for her family as she always talked about them (kids as well as Grandkids). She will be missed as my “Basket Angel” as she gave a baby girl and baby boy basket every year to our Church basket raffle and they all contained one of her handmade Quilts (which were amazing). She also made quilts for Suzette’s school kids. I got to visit with her and learned about her close high school friends, her shop at Stone Croft and her family. I will miss our visits but will keep her memory in our Basket Raffle every year!
    My deepest Sympathy to the family-Eileen was special!

  2. Our sincere sympathies to you all. We will miss Eileen and know she is in a good place with her Lord and Savior.
    She was a very nice lady and brought happiness to many. May her family and loved ones always hold her love deep in their hearts.

  3. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear mother, Susette. She sounds like the kind of woman everyone would want as a relative, friend, or neighbor.

  4. Steve I was saddened to learn of your Mother’s passing. I’m sure you will cherish the memories of your loving mother. Rest in peace Eileen.
    Spyros Heniadis

  5. To Susette & Family,

    So sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful woman. She was the beginning of so many lovely families and will be missed by many.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Sudetenland-your Mom was a remarkable lady and there beca vacuum in your life without her. She was a great role model for giving and you have taken up that yoke. Tears for you.

  8. Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember “your mom Eileen”. Keeping you close in my heart and prayer for the loss May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten. Im sorry Steve, my heart goes out to you and your family.

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