Rita Puls

Rita Ann Puls (Stoffel)

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Rita Ann Puls, (nee Stoffel) of Slinger, age 90 years, passed away on Monday, March 22, 2021. Rita was born on December 23,1930 in the Town of West Bend to Herbert N. and Walburga E. (nee Mueller) Stoffel. She graduated from Slinger High School, class of 1948. She married Jerome (Jerry) A. Puls on May 10, 1950 at St. Mathias Catholic Church in Nabob. Rita and her husband, Jerry, owned and operated Jerry’s Tap in Slinger for over 25 years. She dedicated her life to loving and supporting her family. Rita took great pride in watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren by being active in their lives. Rita enjoyed cooking and baking, she was known for her “Grandma Rita Burgers”, potato salad, and chocolate chip cookies. She also loved vacationing with family and friends at their cabin in Eagle River. Rita’s favorite past times were watching the Brewers & Packers as well as doing crossword puzzles. She was a long-time member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Slinger. Rita was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend who will be dearly missed.

Rita is survived by her two loving children Thomas (Elizabeth) Puls, Diane Puls; cherished grandchildren: Keri (Mike) Tennies, Kyle (Jenni) Opetz, Kodie (Danielle) Opetz, Angela (Kevin) Tennies; cherished great-grandchildren: Carter & Brooke Tennies, Mason & Harper Opetz, Brady Tennies and awaiting “Baby Tennies”; dear siblings & siblings-in-law: Leroy & Marian Stoffel, Dave Stoffel, Janice Zuern, Rich Gullickson, & Stanley Puls. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband Jerry, brothers Jerome & Charles Stoffel, sisters Elly Kratz, Judy Gullickson & Maryrose Stoffel, brothers-in-law Bob Kratz, Don Zuern & Earl Puls, sisters-in-law Marion & Phyllis Puls.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 am on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at St. Peter Catholic Church (200 E. Washington St., Slinger) with Father Richard J. Stoffel presiding. Visitation will be at Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W Paradise Dr West Bend) on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 10:00 am until 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated.

A special thank you to the Doctors and medical staff of Horizon’s Lawlis Family Hospice, Kathy’s Hospice and Serenity Villa for their special care.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Phillip Funeral Home Chapel
    1420 W Paradise Drive
    West Bend, WI 53095
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  • Service

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 | 11:30am
    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 11:30am
    St Peter Catholic Church
    200 E Washington St
    Slinger, WI 53086
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father Richard Stoffel
  • Interment

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 | 12:30pm
    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 12:30pm
    New St. Peter Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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Kris Puls, Jeff Puls, Michelle Strupp and families

Posted at 09:54pm
We are so sorry for your loss and you all are in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss Aunt Rita and will always cherish the time we spent together

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Bernice Kohl

Posted at 10:53am
Rita was such a dear friend. We talked on the phone almost every night. I will miss her dearly. My sympathies to her family.
Bernice Kohl
The Waterford, West Bend

Joe & Doreen Mechenich

Posted at 09:21pm
To Rita's family,
Sorry for your loss, she was an amazing lady and touched so many lives. Sending love, prayers and hugs to all. I know how special she was to all of her grandkids. Sorry we are out of town and will not be able to attend her visitation.

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Posted at 11:20pm
With deepest sympathy, during this difficult time,
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