Gen Western, age 90, passed away at a local nursing center on Thursday evening, December 20, 2012. She was born at home on February 6, 1922, daughter of the late Leonard and Elizabeth (Janz) Goffard. On October 16, 1943, she married Glenn G. Western; he preceded her in death in 1964. Living with her parents for many years, she dedicated herself to their ongoing care. Gen was also a member of the William Verhagen Post #60 Auxiliary of the American Legion.
Gen is survived by two children: Guy (Mary Lou) Western of St. Paul, Minnesota and Glenda Western of Kimberly; a brother: William L. Goffard of Kimberly; and a sister: Doris (Lawrence) Rothe of Appleton. Also surviving are Glenn's family: Raymond (Wilma) Western of Illinois, Harvey Western of Wisconsin, Howard Seefeldt of North Dakota, Marian Western of New Mexico, and Nancy Western of Minnesota. Gen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Glenn in 1964; a brother: Norbert “Nubs” (Florence) Goffard; sisters-in-law: Joan Goffard, Alice Western, Dorothy Seefeldt, Edna (Maurice) Wiles, Nora Western Kliest, Clara Mae Western McKnight; and brothers-in-law: Earl Western, Edward Western, Norman (Doris) Western, Alvin (Bunny) Western, and Mildred (Gordon) Siebert.
The funeral liturgy for Gen will be held at11:00 AM on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at ST. PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH, 410 E. Wallace Street in Combined Locks, with Fr. Andrew Kysely officiating. Private burial will take place at Holy Name Cemetery in Kimberly. The family will receive visitors at the church on Thursday morning for thirty minutes prior to the mass, and then again following the service. Online condolences may be offered at www.wichmannfargo.com.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the caregivers who were so wonderful and compassionate: they include everyone at Appleton Health Care Center and Heartland Hospice. We will never forget your kindness.