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Obit: Jean L. Friedel, 92


Jean L. Friedel, (nee Sebanc), 92, found everlasting peace on Monday, December 28, 2015 at Cedar Community, West Bend.

She was born on December 18, 1923 to the late Anton and Louise (nee Pecak) Sebanc in Milwaukee. Jean was a graduate of the Business Institute and attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She lived in New Orleans. In 1946 she was united in marriage to Paul Friedel in West Allis and lived and raised their family in West Bend. She moved to Los Angeles, and then to southern California for eight years. She moved back to Mequon for the past 25 years.

Jean has volunteered starting in her high schools days as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, and treasurer of boy scouts of West Bend. She loved setting hair and giving permanents to the ladies in the mental health ward in West Bend. She set up programs and was chairman for the Wisconsin mental health association monthly meetings. She also volunteered at the Thousand Oaks Convalarium in CA. and was a Eucharist minister at UCLA children’s cancer ward and had been a volunteer at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee for 14 years. Jean loved to travel and has visited 31 countries. Jean was involved with a study club for many years in West Bend where she made lifelong friends.

Those Jean leaves behind to cherish her memories include her five children, Robert (Linda) Friedel of Kewaskum, Patti (Craig) Nicastro of St. Croix VI, Mary Miller of Carmel CA., Peggy (Mark) Stepanski of Williamsport, PA., and Thomas Friedel of Waukesha; ten grandchildren, Tania Friedel, Philip Friedel, Aggie Severson, Rebecca Friedel, Toby (Pia) Nicastro, Stacy (John) Foster, Leah Miller, Andrew Miller, and Brandon Avalos,; Ten great-grandchildren, Dash, Amina, Bennett, Elliot, Layla, Elise, Lauren, Mike, Nick, and Patrick; sister, Angela Bois of Santa Monica CA.; three brothers, Ed Sebanc of Santa Monica CA., John (Judy) Sebanc of Scottsdale AZ., and Jim (Betsy) Sebanc of Galina IL.; other relatives and friends.

Other than her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Friedel; brother, Rudy Sebanc.

A Memorial service in remembrance of Jean will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 4 p.m. at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home (1315 W. Washington St.) West Bend.

Jean’s family will be greeting family and friends at the funeral home Saturday from 2 p.m. until the time of service.

A special thank you to Laurie and the other nurses and staff at Cedar Community for all their help and care.

The Myrhum Patten Miller and Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Jean’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.


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