Obituary: Lyla Bernice Pontel, 95

Lyla Bernice Pontel, 95, Whitewater, went to be with her Savior on Friday, April 28, 2023, at Vintage on the Ponds.

Lyla was born November 1, 1927, in East Troy to Adolph and Arlene (Timm) Anderson.  She married Harlan Pontel on Sept 24, 1947. They farmed most of their lives in East Troy and Whitewater.  He preceded her in death on December 11, 2009.

Lyla enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, raising farm animals, combining fields, and baking.  There was always a sweet treat on the counter for anyone that visited.  She drove school bus, was a 4-H leader and a member of St. John’s Ladies Aid.  She loved to spend time at their house in the Northwoods, watching the birds and deer in her yard. Her passion was teaching her grandchildren valuable skills and lessons, and they lit up her beautiful smile whenever they visited.

Lyla will be greatly missed by her children, Rodney (Sherry) Pontel, Whitewater, Larry (Sue) Pontel, Globe, AZ, Bruce (Kim) Pontel, Harshaw and son-in-law John Ludeman, Harshaw; 10 Grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, nieces, and a nephew.

Lyla was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, daughter Patsy (Ludeman) and grandson Jacob.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. at Christus Ev. Lutheran Church, Delaney Road, Delavan, WI 53115.  Burial will be in the White Oak Cemetery, Elkhorn, WI.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.  As an expression of sympathy, you may wish to consider memorials to Christus Ev. LutheranChurch or to the Wisconsin Synod Mission Fund (WELS).  Online condolences may be made at

Lyla’s prayer was that all of you know your Savior and remain in Him always.

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