Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Mabel “Mae” C. Behling
Service: January 19, 2013
Mabel “Mae” C. Behling
Mabel “Mae” C. Behling, 92, of Watertown entered her eternal home on January 16, 2013, where she was reunited with her “Sweetie”, Lloyd. Her wish to join her husband was ongoing since his death nine years ago, and after a long illness, her wish was finally granted.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. with the visitation from 12:30 p.m. to the time of the service, at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown, with the Rev. James Werner officiating. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to express sympathy through memorials, may direct them to St. Mark’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Rainbow Hospice or the Watertown Humane Society.
The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Mae was born in Ashippun to Carl and Emma (Butchke) Schoenicke on April 12, 1920. For 62 years she was a homemaker and wife to her beloved Lloyd, who died on December 14, 2003. The past year she made her home with her daughter and best friend, Pat. Mae’s tremendous love of animals was her passion. Her bunnies, Poodles and Yorkies were her babies, and when it became impossible to have the “real thing”, she started her collection of stuffed and ceramic ones, which numbered in the hundreds. “Punky” was her mainstay and everyone who knew Mae, knew “Punky.”
Mae had a strong and unwavering faith. She told everyone that she was never alone – that Jesus was always right by her side. She lived her faith with kindness and consideration to everyone she met. Everyone that knew her was touched by her sunny disposition and radiant smile.
Mae is survived by her daughter, Pat Peterson of Watertown; a brother-in-law, Ralph (Joan) Behling of Venice, FL; a sister-in-law, Ruth Schoenicke of Watertown; a much loved niece, Deb (Ed) Rollmann of Chilton and a nephew, Randy Behling of Venice, FL. She is also survived by her good friends, Marlene Brunner and Joyce Thurston, both of Jefferson; Jean Zurheide, Gene “Geno” Nehls, who Mae referred to as the son she never had and Lucky, all of Watertown.
Mae was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lloyd and her brother, Orvel Schoenicke.
Pat will always be grateful to Linnea of House Calls, and Trina, Shirley, and Chris of Rainbow Hospice. These people became a part of Mae and Pat’s family. Their kindness and loving care to both of them will be treasured always.
Mom – you were the kindest,
gentlest, most loving person
I ever knew. As you always
said, “love you, love you, love you.”
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