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Obituaries July 2014 - July 2015 (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 2014 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 recently received will be reported at the top of the page. After the Reunion in July 2015, 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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Kirmse, Betty A. passed away Saturday evening, April 11, 2015, at Lawlis Family Hospice Center in Mequon, while surrounded by her family. She was 86 years old. Betty was born in Port Washington on March 5, 1929, daughter of Henry and Gertrude (Wiesner) Rosewitz. She attended local schools and graduated from Mercy High School in Milwaukee in 1947. Following her schooling, she worked at the Port Washington Chair Factory and Gilson's. On June 12, 1948 she was united in marriage with Arno Kirmse at St. Paul's Community Church in Waubeka. The couple lived in Port Washington a bit before settling in Waubeka and raising their family. Arno preceded her in death in 1999.

Betty enjoyed a good game of sheepshead, bowling, golf and playing Yatzee! She was an avid Packers fan- particularly of Clay Matthews, a volunteer with the American Heart Association and was on the Election Board in the town of Fredonia for many years. Mrs. Kirmse was also very fond of family fish fry.

Mrs. Kirmse is survived by her four children: Arno J. "Butch" Kirmse, Robin (Wade) Auer, John (Tammy) Kirmse, all of Waubeka, and Michael (Tonya) Kirmse of Silver Creek. She is also survived by ten grandchildren: Sara (Jason) Caswell, Amanda (Richard) Sincock, Michael Auer, Michael Kirmse, Emily Kirmse, Molly and Morgan Kirmse, Corey Dimmer, Jesse and Paige Verbanac, 7 great-grandchildren, a sister Pauline Tarebo of Bryson City, NC, sister-in-law June Tredeau of Greenland, MI, other relatives and many friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents and brothers John and Henry Rosewitz.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, April 18th, at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1600 W. Grand Ave. Port Washington. Betty was laid to rest beside her husband in St. Paul's Union Cemetery, Waubeka.

Betty will be greatly missed at the Seidemann Reunions and remembered for her early registrations and her love of Bingo. She was a very caring and loving supporter and is listed on page 311 of the fourth edition of the Seidemann Family Tree Book.

Janet Ann Krause

Krause, Janet Ann (nee Myszewski) 75 of Cedarburg, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Janet was born July 22, 1939 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (nee Chimel) Myszewski. Janet was married on September 19, 1959 in Glendale, Wisconsin to her beloved husband Marvin Krause for over 55 years. Janet was a long-time resident of Cedarburg, Wisconsin where she raised three children. Janet was a good-hearted person who loved to take care of others. Janet enjoyed gardening, reading, maintaining and the decorating of her home. She lived for her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her four grandchildren. Janet was an aide at Webster Transitional Middle School for five years and was employed at Kohl’s Department Store in Grafton, Wisconsin for twenty six years. She was a long-time member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church.

Janet is survived by husband Marvin Krause; Sister Geraldine Anderson; son John (Linda) Krause; daughter Kristen (Peter) Bibby; and grandchildren Tristan Krause, Collin Krause, Thomas Bibby and Erin Bibby. Janet was preceded in death by her daughter Marie Chastek. Janet is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

The Mass for Janet Ann Krause was celebrated on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church 1375 Covered Bridge Rd, Cedarburg.

Janet is listed on page 280 of the 4th edition of the Seidemann History and Family Tree of the Friedrich Seidemann Family.

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Haug, Grace Helena age 89, passed away on Jan. 31, 2013.

Grace was born Oct. 20, 1923 in Milwaukee. She was the daughter of Edward and Eleanor Berg. In 1945, after graduating from the Evanston Teacher's College (currently Northwestern University), she married Thomas Marshall Haug also from Milwaukee. She taught elementary school in Madison while Tom attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin and continued to teach in Philadelphia during Tom's internship there.

Both Grace and Tom had an abiding love of the outdoors. After they returned to Wisconsin, they began a search for a location where they could both practice medicine and enjoy easy access to hunting, fishing, and wild surroundings. They settled on Rhinelander and moved here in 1949. However, their stay was cut short when Tom was activated in 1951 during the Korean War. Grace spent the next two years managing the family of first one and then two boys on a busy Marine base in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

In 1953, Grace and Tom returned to Rhinelander to resume their life in northern Wisconsin. This remained Grace's home for the remainder of her life. She was active in the First Congregational Church, PEO, and the many activities of her children. Her family was completed in 1954 with the addition of a daughter to balance the two boys.

Grace took particular joy in Soo Lake, a property that she and Tom shared with their children and with dear friends for five decades. Her pleasure, as she helped construct a screen house there, remains a fond memory. Throughout her life, she continued a love of northern Wisconsin and of the wild creatures that attended her bird feeders and crossed her path at Soo Lake.

Grace was a kind and gentle soul who took immeasurable joy in her family and friends. A memorial service for Grace was held at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Grace is survived by her three children, Elizabeth Ann Haug and David Thomas Haug of Rhinelander and Dr. Peter John Haug of Salt Lake City, Utah. She has four grandchildren, Greta Grace, Jennifer, Thomas, and Laura. Grace is listed on page 211 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree Book.

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Ruth Ann (Wilkens) Busse passed away on 19 February 2015 at her home in Schaumburg. She was born on 23 June 1919 in Newburg to Edward and Ottilla (Beimborn) Wilkens.

Ruth was a graduate of Concordia University, River Forest and taught at St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights and at St. Paul Lutheran School in Mt. Prospect. She was a proud homemaker and loved quilting, sewing, cross stitching, bowling, and bridge.

Ruth was the beloved wife of the late Edward John Busse, who died May 18, 1996. Her children felt she was the closest thing to a Proverbs 31 woman this side of heaven. She was the loving mother of the late Allan L. Busse, Janis R. (Steven) Schroeder, Susan K. Busse MD, and Edward M. (Katrina) Busse, the cherished grandmother of Melissa, Adrienne, Jeanette (Danny) Hodgkinson, Vanessa; Christine (Michael Lipinski), Bradley, Katelyn; Ariana and Keenan. She was also a devoted great-grandmother of Hannah, Gavin and Brian. She was a dear sister of the late Walter (Gladys) Wilkens, the late Ewald (the late Josey) Wilkens, the late Oliver (the late Loraine) Wilkens, and the late Evelyn (Ernest "Pinky") Kellar. She also had many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Saturday 9 AM until Services at 12 noon at Friedrich's Funeral Home 320 W. Central Rd. at Northwest Hwy. Mt. Prospect. Interment will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church 202 E. Schaumburg Rd. Schaumburg, Illinois, or Calvary Chapel of Elk Grove PO Box 68156 Schaumburg, IL 60168,

Ruth is a fifth generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and is listed on pages x and 101 and pictured on page 44 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree Book. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

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Kenneth C. Race, 83, of Arbor Vitae, passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014, at The Pavilion at Glacier Valley in Slinger.

He was born on November 27, 1930, in the town of Saukville, the son of the late Elmer and Irene (Schulze) Race, and on April 29, 1950, he was united in marriage to Marion Seideman at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Saukville.

Kenneth was a dairy farmer in Ozaukee and Dodge counties and received recognition as the Outstanding Young Farmer of Ozaukee County. He served as town chairman of the Town of Herman in Dodge County and was a volunteer fireman on the Iron Ridge Fire Department. Kenneth was a member of the Lions Club, the Cross Country Cruisers Snowmobile Club and was a snowmobile trail groomer. In recognition of his grooming efforts, Kenneth was inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame. Kenneth also served as president and vice president of the Vilas County Chamber of Commerce and was the owner of Wihega Resort in Arbor Vitae. For years Kenneth and his wife Marion, were very active with the Seidemann Family Reunion serving as the Head of the Brat Stand cooking bratwurst, hot dogs and hamburgers on the day of our Reunions. They donated homemade Maple Syrup for the Silent Auction, and for several years they purchased the first place Kuchens of the Kuchen Contest. Those Kenneth leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife, Marion; five children, Kathleen (Mike) Matuszewski of Mayville, David (Patti) Race of Shawano, Judy (Bill) Mitchell of Waukesha, Cindy (Daniel) Fiedler of Colby and Jean (Tony) Brath of Iron Ridge; two sisters, Delores (Norman) Scheunemann of Manitowoc and Marlene (Vern) Shipley of Arizona, 11 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. A private family gathering for Kenneth was held.

Kenneth is a sixth generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosine Seidemann and is listed on pages x, 126, 268, and 337. He is also pictured on pages 67, 222, and 252. Kenneth will be deeply missed by his wife, his family and by all who knew him.

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Allan Lee Busse 67 years, formerly of Woodstock, Illinois died Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was born March 16, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois to Edward and Ruth (Wilkens) Busse. For many years he owned and operated The House Doctor, with customers all over McHenry County. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of AMVETS.

He is survived by his mother, Ruth Busse; 4 daughters, Melissa Stakes, Adrienne Busse-Kus, Jeanette Busse and Vanessa Busse; a brother, Edward (Katrina) Busse; 2 sisters, Janis (Steven) Schroeder and Susan Busse; 3 grandchildren, Hannah, Brian and Gavin; and his ex-wife Shirley Busse.

He was preceded in death by his father.

The visitation was on Saturday, May 17, 2014, starting at 9:00 AM until the 11:00 AM funeral service in the chapel at Windridge Memorial Park and Nature Sanctuary, 7014 South Rawson Bridge Road, Cary, Illinois 60013.

Allan was a sixth generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosine Seidemann and is listed on page 101 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree Book. We express our sympathies to his entire family.

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Betty Jo Chesak, age 82 years of Huntsville, AL, died on 28 January 2015 at Heartlite Hospice.

She was born in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina on 5 April 1932 to Joe and Nan Daley. Betty, along with her two sisters, Mary Woodworth and Patricia Fraser, had an interesting and exciting childhood as the daughters of an Army warrant officer. Betty lived in Oklahoma, California, Japan, and graduated high school in El Paso, Texas in 1950. After graduation, Betty started work at the Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company. Less than a year later, her sister, Patricia, introduced her to her husband of 63 years, Kenneth Chesak. The couple married and moved to Louisiana, where Kenneth was stationed as a second lieutenant and Betty was starting her 30 year career as an Army Wife. Their first child, Kenneth Neil, was born at their next duty station Germany. Betty became familiar with evacuation drills and was unfazed by the realities of overseas Army life during the Cold War. Their second child, Joseph Scott, was born at Castle Air Force Base in California. Betty lived the rest of her life alongside her husband, supporting him, their two sons, and their families. She handled the rigors and uncertainty of raising a young family by herself while Kenneth served two separate one year tours in Viet Nam and participated in countless training exercises around the world. Betty moved six times, including one to France. She kept morale up and the family together as her sons left yet another school for new a one. While stationed in the Washington D.C. area, Betty worked as Office Manager for Weight Watchers. After being transferred to Redstone Arsenal in 1976, Betty became active in the Officers Wives Club. She served one year as president. She was active in all levels of garden club including the local Redstone Arsenal Garden Club up to the State Garden Club. Among the numerous positions she held, Betty was secretary for one year with the Garden Clubs of Alabama. She was program chairman for the state garden club for eight years. Betty found time to volunteer at Meals on Wheels, Good Shepherd Church, and the Red Cross. She worked with the Red Cross at Fox Army Medical Center and on their Bloodmobile. The Red Cross presented Betty a Dedicated Service Award for her many hours of volunteer service to local blood drives. Betty was named Woman of the Year by the Double Tree Women's Club. She was a member of a bowling league, gourmet club, and book club. Betty's lifetime was characterized by her kind, sweet, and gentle nature, as well as her sense of humor, generous giving of her time and care to others.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth, and her two sons and daughters-in-law, Ken and Michele and Joe and Martha. Betty was blessed with four grandchildren, Ken and Michele's children, April and Scott, as well as Joe and Martha's children, William and Carsan Williams (married to Joe Williams). She has one great-grandchild, Owen Williams. Betty's sister, Mary Woodworth, lives in Burke, Virginia. She is preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Nan Daley, and her sister, Patricia Fraser.

The funeral will be at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Huntsville, Alabama on Thursday, Feb. 5th with visitation at 10:00 am, the funeral mass at 11:00 am, inurnment at the columbarium following the mass, and then a luncheon in the Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heartlite Hospice, 100 West Charlotte Ave., Scottsboro, AL 35768 or the North Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1101 Washington Street NW, Huntsville, AL 35801.

Betty is listed on pages xi and 132 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree Book and pictured on page 71.

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Winifred C."Winnie" Gerner, age 88, of West Bend, passed away peacefully on Wednesday August 20, 2014 at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation.

She was born on January 8, 1926 on the family homestead farm in Cheeseville, Town of Farmington to the late Edwin and Milda (nee Groeschel) Gerner. Winnie graduated from West Bend High School in the class of 1943. She then attended Dodge County Normal School in Mayville, and Oshkosh State Teachers College, earning a B.A. degree in Education.

Winnie's first teaching position was in the one room school house in Cheeseville for two years. She then taught in Boltonville for one year, Kewaskum Elementary for seven years and lastly in West Bend for 25 years, retiring in 1982.

Winnie was the main caregiver for her parents, living on the farm in Cheeseville, and then moving with them to the home on HWY H in 1960. In 1988 she moved to Cedar Community.

She was a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Kewaskum, the Cheeseville 4-H, and the Retired Teachers Association.

Winnie is survived by her two sisters, Caroline Risse of Elkhart Lake (formerly of Slinger), and Beulah Leissring of West Bend; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Harriet (William) Steele; two brothers, Leslie (Enola) Gerner, and Willard (Sylvia) Gerner; two brothers-in-law, Norton Risse, and Karl Leissring; a niece, Vicki Mau; a nephew, Mike Gerner.

Funeral services in remembrance of Winnie will be held on Sunday August 24th at 3:00 pm at the Myrhum - Patten Funeral Home (1315 W. Washington St.) West Bend. Director of Ministries for Cedar Community, Kathryn Kuhn, will officiate. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday from 1:00 pm until the time of service. Burial will be in St. Martins Union Cemetery in Fillmore on Monday August 25th at 11:30 am.

Memorials to Cedar Community Memorial Garden Fund are appreciated by the family.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Timber Cove and Cedar Community Hospice for their wonderful care and love extended to Winnie.

Winnie was a fifth descendant of Friedrich and Rosine Seidemann and is listed on pages xi and 305 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree Book. She is also pictured on pages 234 and 235.

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Lucille Rollinger, of the Town of Belgium, passed away in the evening hours of Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon. She was 96 and 7 months old.

Lucille was born in the Town of Fredonia on December 3, 1917, daughter of Charles and Angela Gerner Neumann. On April 26, 1941 she married Wilbert "Bert" Rollinger at St. Mary Catholic Church in Lake Church. The couple farmed and raised their family in the Town of Belgium. They enjoyed fishing and traveling together until Bert's passing in 1985. She worked in the kitchen at Smith Bros. Restaurant in Port Washington for 15 years. Lucille was a member of Divine Savior Parish (Lake Church) and the Catholic Order of Foresters. She enjoyed gardening, her flowers, playing bingo, and taking tours to casinos and the Fireside Theater.

Lucille is survived by her three daughters Nancy Pickard of Manitowoc, Diane (Terry) Tietyen and Lina (Don) Volesky both of Port Washington. She is further survived by her grandchildren Ken (special friend Lisa) Sharbuno of West Bend, Randy (Janet) Sharbuno of Port Washington and Jeff (Patty) Tietyen of Port Washington, 5 great-grandchildren: Tyler, Zach, Austin, Karla and Alex, her brother Donald (Lois) Neumann of Campbellsport, her sister-in-law Grace Rollinger of Belgium, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bert, grandson Mark Tietyen, two sisters Marcella Peterson and Violet Wagner and three brothers Edward, Walter and Charles Neumann Jr.

A Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 21st at 6:30 PM at Divine Savior Parish, St. Mary Lake Church Chapel. Father Jim Ernster and Deacon Gerald Mauleg will preside. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in St. Mary Parish Cemetery, Lake Church. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 21st at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 171 N. Royal Ave., Belgium from 4-6 PM. In Lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to a charity of the donor's choice. The Eernisse Funeral Home, Belgium is honored to serve the family.

Lucille was a fifth generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosine Seidemann and is listed on pages xi and 323 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree book. She is pictured on pages 240 and 241.

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