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Mena West

1910 - 2004


Mena H. West, 94, of Watertown, died on Sept. 23, 2004, at Marquardt Memorial Manor following a brief illness.


Funeral services were held at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Anthony Schultz and the Rev. Mark Gartner officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.


The former Mena Berkvam was born June 26, 1910, in Rio, daughter of Karl and Anna (Knutson) Berkvam. She married Percy West on June 22, 1935, in Bonnet Prairie.


After graduating from Rio High School, Mena attended Columbus County Normal and later received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her teaching career began in a one-room school near Rio, and she taught in Pipersville, Milford, Waterloo, Pewaukee and Oconomowoc. She retired in 1976, finishing 30 years of teaching as a first grade teacher at Park Lawn Elementary School in Oconomowoc.


Mena was a member of the Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association and the oldest member of St. Luke's Church, having joined more than 50 years ago. She was also a Sunday school teacher.


Mena and Percy shared many interests, including gardening, fishing, travel, furniture restoration, gambling, horseracing, and collecting antiques. After retirement, she learned to crochet and paint. The family will always remember her special homemade buns and chocolate cake for deer hunting season.


Being Norwegian, she loved going to Norwegian dinners and having lutefisk and lefse. No Christmas was complete without fattigmand.


Mena and her three sisters were all married in 1935 and the four couples celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries in 1985.


Surviving were her husband of 69 years, Percy West of Watertown; a daughter, Marjorie (Don) Reichardt of Watertown; two sons, Donald (Marlene) West of Watertown and Dick (Kay) West of Delavan; six grandchildren, Todd (Chris) Reichardt, Sue (Kelly) Pochop, Lea (Charles) Fischer, Andrew (Gerren) West, Aaron (Shana) West and James F. West; seven great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by a son and daughter-in-law, James Percy West and his wife, Chris; her parents; an infant brother; and three sisters.




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