Elaine Kiehnau

Elaine Kiehnau, 78, died at her Belgium home Sunday, March 24.

Mrs. Kiehnau was born in Manitowoc on April 20, 1940, to Wilfred and Rosella Klingesen Miller. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc before earning her degree in nursing.

In November 1962, she married Thomas Beilfuss. The couple settled in Port Washington and had five children. Mr. Beilfuss died in 1998.  

Mrs. Kiehnau worked as an orthopedic nurse at St. Alphonsus Hospital. Later, she worked with the Milwaukee Visiting Nurses Association.

On June 14, 1981, she married Karl Kiehnau in Port Washington. They lived in Port Washington, Mequon and Florida before moving to Belgium in 2003.

Mrs. Kiehnau was a member of St. John XXIII Parish in Port Washington and a former member of the Port Washington Jaycettes. Her family said she had a beautiful voice and loved singing. Some of her favorites were Anne Murray songs and church hymns. She enjoyed going on trips with her husband to Door County and Holy Hill. She also liked indulging her sweet tooth and watching the television show “Survivor.”

Mrs. Kiehnau is survived by her husband Karl of Belgium; children Lisa (Jeff) Glawe of Port Washington, Laura (Chris) Rumbelow of Madison, Linda (Daniel) Crangle of Menomonee Falls, Thomas (Katie) Beilfuss of Saukville and Terence (Hope) Beilfuss of Port Washington.

She is further survived by stepson Jon Kiehnau of Seattle, Wash.; 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; siblings Wilfred (Patti) Miller of Indian Harbor, Fla., and Dorothy Sempier of Orlando, Fla.; and sister-in-law Clara Mae McGee of Gig Harbor, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Janet Binversie and brothers-in-law Jerry Sempier and Tom McGee.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington. Father Patrick Wendt will preside.  

Visitation will be at the church Thursday from 4 p.m. until the service.

Interment will be held the following day at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.  

Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.




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