Ella Schleif

Ella Ann Schleif (German)

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Ella Ann Schleif (nee German), age 88, passed away peacefully on November 17 at Cedar Bay East surrounded by her family. She was born on March 11, 1932 in Campbellsport to George and Katherine (Ruddy) German.

Ella graduated from West Bend High School in 1950. Following high school, she graduated from Theda Clark Nursing School in Neenah as a licensed practical nurse and worked in the maternity ward at St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend.

On October 3, 1953, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Philip E. Schleif at Holy Angels Church in West Bend. Together they raised four children, and also helped raise their niece Sandee Schnyder. Phil passed away on June 1, 1994.

For 25 years, Ella was employed as an aide at West Bend West High School. After she retired from the school district, she became a salesclerk at Elder Beerman/Boston Store where she worked part time for ten more years.

Ella was a fashionable dresser who enjoyed playing bridge and sheepshead, refinishing antique furniture, baking, reading, and shopping for a good deal! She will always be remembered for her indomitable spirit and her courage to do the right thing.

She is survived by her children, Sue Gherty of Hudson, Mark (Gayl) Schleif of West Bend, Kelly (Chris) of Hortonville, and Mary Ellen (Patrick) O'Connor of West Bend. She is also survived by grandchildren Courtney (Jake) Fruchter, Katie (Ryan) McCabe, Michael Gherty (fiancé Mia Dominguez), Abby Schleif, Kelsey (Brian) Miller, Nicole (Colin) Sinn, and Molly (Jake) Duame; and great-grandchildren Zeke, Levi, and Pearl Fruchter, Rowen and Brady McCabe, and Eliza Duame; sister Judy (Robert) Pomahac of Roscoe, IL, brothers- and sisters-in-law David and Mary Schleif and Neal and Tooty Schleif, special nieces Sandee Kielley and Laurie Berry, and special nephew Steve Pomahac.

Ella is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Phil, her parents, son-in-law Terry Gherty, sister Lorraine Smith and husband Robby, brother Joe Schnyder and wife Violet, sister Betty Reynolds and husband Tom, brother Jack German and wife LaRae, brothers-in-law Ross and Charles Schleif, and sister-in-law Gladys Farnham.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00PM on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Holy Angels Catholic Church (138 N. 8th Ave. West Bend, WI 53095) with Fr. Howard Haase presiding. Visitation will be Friday, November 20 at church from 12:00PM until 1:45PM. Interment to follow at Washington County Memorial Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Holy Angels School Trust Fund, Cedar Community, or Historic West Bend Theater.

A special thank you to the staff at Cedar Bay East for the loving and tender care they always provided to Ella.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 20th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:45pm
    Friday, November 20th, 2020 12:00pm - 1:45pm
    Holy Angels Catholic Church
    138 N 8th Ave
    West Bend, WI 53095
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  • Memorial Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, November 20th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, November 20th, 2020 2:00pm
    Holy Angels Catholic Church
    138 N 8th Ave
    West Bend, WI 53095
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Fr Howard Hasse
  • Interment

    Friday, November 20th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Friday, November 20th, 2020 3:00pm
    Washington County Memorial Park
    Address Not Available
    West Bend, Wisconsin 53095
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Lillian Montgomery

Posted at 07:49pm
Ella and I were high school class mates. She and I were a part of the monthly breakfast group. Ella was a lovely person and we will miss her.

Lillian Montgomery

Doreen BARSE

Posted at 02:32pm
I so enjoyed working with Ella at Boston Store. No one could keep up with her, so much energy! Loved hearing her stories and having her treats. We (Linda F, Diane K, Ella & myself) went our for lunch several times, some great memories. She was a special lady!
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Doreen Barse

Elizabeth Schleif

Posted at 08:49am
My dear cousins, Memories of our Schleif family gatherings at you house on 3rd Avenue are precious to me. Meeting Ella in the high school hallway when I should have been in class - not so much! She was certainly a force throughout our lives and I cherish her influence and love. Miss you all and sending big hugs - Liz

Deb Racette

Posted at 08:26am
I had the pleasure of working with Ella for several years. She was a lovely, beautiful woman inside and out. I enjoyed listening to her stories of West Bend's olden days. Many times she treated us to her famous seasoned pretzels! Bless you, dear Ella.
Deb Racette

Linda Russel

Posted at 08:11pm
Mary Ellen & Family,
Sorry for the loss of your Mother.
She was always such a beautiful lady.
May your memories sustain you during this difficult time.
Linda Russel

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