The Society of the Friedrich Seidemann Descendants of America
Obituaries July 2012 - July 2013 (Reunion to Reunion)

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The following is a list of obituaries that have been reported to the Seidemann Family Secretary since the July 2012 Reunion. This is not a complete listing of obituaries that have occurred during the year as not all have been submitted. The page will be updated as information is obtained. Generally the most recent will be reported at the top of the page. After the Reunion in July 2013, this page will be archived and a new page will be started.

Please notify the Family Secretary. of any deaths in the family.

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Raymond E. Gerner, age 87, died on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in Fitchburg, at Agrace Hospice Care.

He was born on Dec. 21, 1925, in Newburg, WI, the son of William and Elfrieda (Fick) Gerner. Ray married Marlene (Zinke) Gerner on May 23, 1953, in West Bend. He is survived by his wife, Marlene; son, Scott (Patty) Gerner of Brookfield; daughter, Sheri Gerner of Stoughton and Shelly (Gerner) Marcella of Elkridge, Md.; grandchildren, Emily and Zach Gerner, Andy (Heidi) Jegerlehner, Monica Jegerlehner, and Jenna and Johnny Marcella; great-grandson, Ryan Jegerlehner; a brother, Merlin (Sylvia) Gerner and brother-in-law Bernard (Gloria) Zinke; sisters-in-law, Diana Meyer and Bonnie (Allen) Gierach; and other nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Matt Jegerlehner.

Ray was a very outgoing, friendly person. Ray always befriended a stranger, and was always positive. He was a baseball umpire, and had a great passion for the sport. Ray retired in December of 1983 from Schlueter Company of Janesville. After Schlueter, he worked for Sani-Matic Systems, where he was president until 1993.

A Celebration of Life was held at Lake Edge Lutheran, 4032 Monona Drive, Monona, on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at Noon, the Rev. Steven Marsh presided. A private family burial will follow at a later date. Visitation was held at the church from 11:00 a.m. until time of service on Monday. Memorials may be made to Lake Edge Lutheran Church building fund or Agrace Hospice Care. The family would like to thank the nurses at St Mary's Hospital and Agrace Hospice Care.

Ray is a fifth generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosine Seidemann and is listed on page 333 with a picture on page 246 of the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree Book. He is deeply missed by his family, friends, and relatives.

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Gerner, Sylvia Irene passed away in March at her home. She was married to Willard Edwin Gerner who passed away on 2007. She is survived by their five children: Jerold E (Donna) Gerner of Poughkeepsie, New York, Eugene W (Sandra) Gerner of Tucson, Arizona, Donna M (Donald) Damrow of Juneau, Wisconsin, Phyllis A (Patrick) Agnew of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, and Jeffrey B (Monica) Gerner of Ft Atkinson, Wisconsin; 15 grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and two sisters.

The family farmed in the West Bend area until 1955 when they moved to the Town of Oakland outside of Ft Atkinson and continued farming. They owned a large registered Milking Shorthorn Herd and exhibited their show cattle throughout the years in many different states. They retired from dairy farming but continued to grain farm in partnership with their son, Jeffrey for several years. Sylvia was a member of the Farm Bureau, State and National Milking Shorthorn Association, PDCA and Christian Women's Association.

Sylvia is listed on pages 304 and 305 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree Book. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

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Schultz, Renata (Laubenstein) died on 7 February 2014 at the age of 85 years. She was born in Saukville, Wisconsin to Fred and Clara (Wilkens) Laubenstein. Renata attended school in Fredonia, Wisconsin and later married Harold Schultz who preceded her in death. . She is survived by four children, Wayne (Valorie), Lyle (Victoria) Kenneth (Lousette) and Arlynn (Joseph) Heins, 10 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, one grandson Kevin Schultz, two brothers, and three sisters.

After living in Fredonia for some time Renata, her husband, and their family moved to Rochester, Minnesota. Renata was a housekeeper at a local motel and retired in 1991. She enjoyed jigsaw and crossword puzzles, gardening, cooking, playing cards and games with her grandchildren, and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan.

Renata is a fifth generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosine Seidemann and is listed on page 106 of the 4th edition to the Seidemann Family Tree Book. Her genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Traugott, Mary, Clara, and Renata. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

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CHESAK, Charles D. died on 17 February 2014. He was a husband, father, Army officer, Vietnam Veteran, dad. He will be greatly missed by his three loving children; Mark, Kari, and Chris Chesak, along with his three granddaughters Adriana Medina, Lillian and Sylvia Chesak. There will be a memorial service at the Bell-O'Dea Funeral Home, 376 Washington St., Brookline on Wednesday morning (February 19) at 11:30A.M. - 1:30P.M. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Brookline at 2:00P.M.. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. A reception will be held after the service.

Charles grew up in El Paso, served for 15 years in the US Army and later worked for the State Auditor's Office. He was an avid history buff and loving grandfather. Charles will be remembered for his sense of humor and service to his country.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Charles may be made to either the Shriner's Hospital (51 Blossom Street, Boston 02114) or the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Fund Charles is a fifth generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and is listed on page 133 of the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree Book. His genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Traugott, Carl, Clara, and Charles. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

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Chesak, William R. " Bill" died Sept. 19, 2013 at the age of 84. He was born in San Antonio, TX. Bill was the son of William J. and Verna Chesak, who he called the greatest parents in the world. Bill was preceded in death by his mother Verna Chesak and father William J. Chesak and his brother Bob Chesak. He is survived by his son Russell, daughter-in-law Gina and grandchildren Matthew and Meghan.

Bill attended Dudley Grade school and El Paso High where he excelled in athletics. He was awarded most valuable player in District 4-AA and received all-state honors in 1945. He served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corp and went on to attend Texas Western College where he again, excelled in football. Bill scored the Miner's first touchdown in the 1950 Sun Bowl victory against Georgetown. Bill went on to a successful career in sales. He was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. A private service was held by the family.Memorial contributions may be made to The Miner Athletic Club at The University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W University, Kelly Hall 7th Floor, El Paso, TX 79968.

Bill was a fifth generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and is listed on page 132 of the Seidemann Family Tree book. His genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Traugott, Clara, William, and Willliam.

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