WEST BEND -- Alvena Eliza Ricklefs, the daughter of Herman and Rose (Onken) Ricklefs, was born June 30, 1924 at the home of her parents in Lake Township, Pocahontas County, IA. She grew up on the family farm, attended country school at Lake Township #9, and graduated from the Manson High School. She had one sister, Marion DeLanoit, who proceeded her in death and she has one brother, Harold Ricklefs who lives on a farm near Palmer.
On Nov. 27, 1948 she was united in marriage with Matthew Wasko of Moorland, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Lizard Township. In 1949, Matt and Alvena moved to a farm between West Bend and Mallard where they made a great team and built a successful farming operation, as well as a purebred Hampshire hog business.
Alvena loved to work on the farm, tend to her extensive vegetable and flower gardens, to sew, and cook. Her grandchildren loved her mashed potatoes and gravy most of all.
On their farm, Matt and Alvena raised six children: Gary (Grace) of Urbandale, Donn (Sue) of Plover, James (Denise) of Rolfe, Kathryn (Paul) Merideth of Emmetsburg, Kenn of Mallard, and Joan (Shawn) McMurray of Camden Point, MO.
After Matt passed away on April 1, 1983, Alvena continued to live and work on the farm. She often said there was nowhere else she wanted to live. Gracious, smart and strong, she was 89 years old.
Alvena is also survived by her grandchildren: Lisa (Dave) DeVetter, Kristie, Jason, Scott (Amber) Wasko, Becky (Steve) Rasmussen, Teresa (Andy) Berg, Angela and Jessica Wasko, Amanda, and Matthew Merideth, and a great grandchild Robin DeVetter.
Alvena was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in West Bend.
The funeral service for Alvena Wasko was held Friday, Feb. 28, at the Peace Lutheran Church in West Bend. Burial followed at the West Bend Cemetery.
The Harris Funeral Home in West Bend was in charge of arrangements.