Bogenschneider, 96, formerly of N6480 Hwy. P, Mayville, died Saturday,
Nov. 15, 2003, at Meriter Health Care, Madison.
She was born May 14, 1907, to Charles and Louisa (Burrow) Benter.
On June 2, 1928, she married Herbert Bogenschneider, in the Township
Together with her husband they farmed in the township of Herman. She
also was a school cook for Herman Consolidated Schools.
She was a member of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church (River Church)
Township of Theresa, charter member of Immanuel Ladies Aid, former
member of Beaver Dam Lutheran Hospital Auxiliary, and was a Bethesda
She is survived by her children, Betty Kaul of Sun Prairie, Bonnie
(Robert) Block of Madison, Allan (Mary) Bogenschneider of rural
Mayville; one son-in-law, Robert Binney of Largo, Fla.; sisters and
brothers, Hertha Dogs of Yakima, Wash., Evelyn Beck of Mayville, Elvira
Benter of Madison, Armond (Erla Mae) Benter of Lomira; two
sisters-in-law, Florence Benter of Canada and Lucille Benter of rural
Theresa, 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews,
other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1989; one
daughter, Marian in 1992; three brothers, Alfred, Erwin and infant
brother, Harold; one son-in-law, Elton.
• Services: Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church (River Church),
Township of Theresa. The Rev. Mark Berlin will officiate. Burial will
take place at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.
• Visitation: Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday,
Nov. 17, at Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville, and from 1 to 2 p.m. on
Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church.
Memorials may be directed to Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church Debt Fund.
Koepsell Funeral home, Mayville is serving the family.
From The Reporter, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, November 17, 2003.
Amanda Anna Friederike Bogenschneider
Amanda A. Bogenschneider was born May 14, 1907 the daughter of Charles
and Louisa (Burrow) Benter. She became a child of God when she was
baptized on May 20, 1907 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hochheim. She
confirmed her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior on August 15, 1929 at
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hochheim. She married Herbert Bogenschneider
on June 2, 1928 at Immanuel Town Theresa. The union was blessed with
four children, Betty, Bonnie, Marian, and Allan. By God's grace, Amanda
lived out her Christian witness in her confession of faith and her
service of love to the family of Immanuel and Mayville.
Amanda was a life long member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Town Theresa.
She was a charter member of the Immanuel Ladies Aid and a former member
of the Beaver Dam Lutheran Hospital Auxiliary. Amanda also spent her
time as a Bethesda Volunteer. Together, with her husband, they farmed in
the township of Herman. She was also a school cook for Herman
Amanda is survived by three children, Betty Kaul of Sun Prairie, Bonnie
(Robert) Block of Madison, and Allen (Mary) of rural Mayville; one
Son-in-Law, Robert Binney of Largo, Florida; one brother, Armond (Erla
Mae) Benter of Lomira; three sisters, Hertha Dogs of Yakima, WA, Evelyn
Beck of Mayville, and Elvira Benter of Madison; two sisters-in-law,
Forence Benter of Canada and Lucille Benter of rural Theresa; ten
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is further survived by
nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Louisa Benter; her
husband, Herbert (1989); one daughter, Marian (1992); three brothers,
Alfred, Erwin and infant brother Harold; and one Son-in-Law, Elton.
Amanda died peacefully in the grace of the Lord on Saturday, November
15, 2003 at Meriter Health Care Center, Madison, WI. She loved her Lord
and God and now rests in her heavenly home in the arms of her Savior and
Friend, the Lord Jesus Christ.
From the Bulletin for the Service of Thanksgiving and Praise Thanking
the Lord for the Life and Faith of Amanda on November 18, 2003.
She was a woman of the hearth. Literally and figuratively she kept the
home fires burning -- whether it was by stoking that wood burning
kitchen stove or by being at the center of family gatherings, holiday
celebrations, or summer vacations for her grandchildren.
She was a woman who focused her energy on "kinder, kucher, and kirche"
-- that German trilogy which prescribed the role of women. She cared for
her children -- as the oldest girl in a family of seven, as a teen who
"helped out" when neighboring families had a baby, as a live-in
caretaker in her first paid job, and then as a full time mother for her
She ran a "country kitchen" long before the restaurant chain with that
name began. She cooked thousands of meals, not only for family, friends,
and relatives; but also for hired men, threshing and other work crews,
and for teachers who boarded with her. Meals were always a sit down
affair with everything made from scratch -- the fruits and vegetables
from her garden, the meat from the farm, the bread baked at least weekly
and desserts made daily.
She was also one of those churchwomen who are the quiet bedrock of every
congregation. She and Herbert were active first at Hochheim and then the
River Church. She was a charter member of the Ladies Aid. She was
involved in mission festivals, bake sales, funeral meals, church
dinners, and quilting for world relief. She was a member of the Beaver
Dam Lutheran Hospital Auxiliary for twenty years and a Bethesda
But Amanda also moved beyond these traditional roles. After her children
were grown, she was employed outside the home. She was a school cook who
made hot lunches for more than a hundred kids a day. She worked in two
area restaurants and occasionally at the Theresa canning factory. She
served a two-year term on a grand jury of the federal district court in
Milwaukee. She was a frequent writer of letters to the editor at the
Milwaukee Journal about farm issues and signed them "A Farm Wife,
Mayville." Up to the very end she observed the people and events around
her and could be counted on to tell it like she saw it.
Even during her leisure time, her hands were never idle. She was an
accomplished seamstress and she made over 80 quilts. She crocheted or
embroidered hundreds of different pieces from afghans to tablecloths.
She often said she would have liked to own a shop to sell her handiwork
(and she did sell some things informally) but mostly she gave her
beautiful handcrafted things a gifts to family and friends.
Amanda lived just a few years short of a century. She weathered huge
changes and many losses. She worked harder than many of us every will.
But she also celebrated the joys of along life and a close family. She
was content even the last three years when she was no longer able to
live at home alone. Throughout her life she remained a woman of strong
faith who trusted implicitly in God's love and in the certain belief
that death was just the beginning of life eternal. Her legacy is the
rich memories of hearth and home and all tangible works of her hands.
Block, November 18, 2003