Jan. 10, 2019 – West Bend, WI – Andrea A. “Andi” Pintens, 65, of West Bend, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Andi was born on April 12, 1953, in Milwaukee, the daughter of the late Albert and Carol (nee Klemens) Dirkx. At the age of eight she moved from Milwaukee to Harrison, Wisconsin where she grew up on a dairy farm. On May 26, 1973, she married her best friend Joseph Pintens at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Harrison. After marriage, Andi and Joe moved to West Bend, Wisconsin where they have resided since.
Andi studied cosmetology and was a licensed beautician who worked at Creative Cut for a number of years. She began working at Badger Middle School as an Administrative Assistant to the Principal, where she retired after 25 years of service. She was a decorated forensics coach at Badger, leading numerous individuals and teams to championships. An extremely creative individual, she found numerous outlets for her talents. She was active in West Bend Children’s theatre, playing various roles in the annual production. An accomplished seamstress, she enjoyed sewing and creating clothes. What began as a hobby of making “Mittens by Pintens,” ultimately became a business, which expanded into making unique skirts, sweaters and other apparel for boutiques across the country. Andi led a very active lifestyle, exercising long before it became en vogue. She enjoyed spending time at the cabin at Washburn Lake, where she was able to relax, fish, tube with grandkids, cross country ski and snowshoe. In fact, she still holds the record for the largest bass ever caught at Washburn Lake, which will not be broken. Above all, Andi enjoyed spending time with her family, particularity her grandchildren. She loved adventure, and anything her grandchildren were interested in, quickly became her interest.
Those Andi leaves behind to cherish her memory include her husband, Joe; four children, Craig (Jill) Pintens Los Angeles, CA, Jill (Aaron) Smith of Colorado Springs, CO, Megan (Miles) Conrad of San Francisco, CA, and Scott (Jamie) Pintens of Wauwatosa, WI; 10 grandchildren with two more on the way, Kaitlin, Jack, Tate, and Avery Pintens, Wyatt, Ellie, and Addison Smith, Nora, Jules, and Molly Pintens, and the Conrad twins expected in March; eight siblings, Johanna (Pat) Scanlan, Donna Dirkx, Peter (Tracy) Dirkx, Valerie Dirkx, Kelly (Bill) Towle, Natalie (Rick) Townsend, Jessica (Brad) Howard, and Amy (Sean) Rorich; five brothers-in-law, Frank (Randi) Pintens, Norbert (Nancy) Pintens, John (Cindy) Pintens, Peter (Ann) Pintens, and Tony (Aimee) Pintens; seven sisters-in-law, Mary (Larry) Ferg, Pat Pintens, Lois (Larry) Copiskey, Annette (Bill) Cook, Paula (Pat) Flynn, Kaye (Dan) Connor, and Elaine (Eric) Grotbeck; other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, Andi was preceded in death by a nephew, Peter Pintens.
A Memorial Mass for Andi will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 138 N. 8th Avenue, in West Bend.
Andi’s family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers and memorials, please do something special with your family, give them a hug and tell them you love them before going to bed in Andi’s memory.
The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Home has been entrusted with Andi’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.