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Obituaries July 2015 - July 2016 (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 2015 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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Gerner, Donna Rae 73 years, passed away after a brief illness on 30 April 2016 at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, FL. Donna was born to David & Grace Henderson on 22 March 1943.

Donna is survived by her loving husband, Jerold Edward Gerner, whom she married on 1 March 1997, two daughters: Rebecca Sinn and Deanna (David) Culver, two stepsons; Joshua Gerner and Nicholas (Susan) Gerner, two brothers-in-law: Eugene (Sandra) Gerner and Jeffrey (Monica) Gerner, and two sisters-in-law: Donna (Donald) Damrow and Phyllis (Patrick) Agnew.

Before her retirement Donna worked as an administrative accounting assistant and in her free time she loved to read, work in her garden, crafts, and enjoyed music and taking day trips with Jerry.

A Celebration of Life memorial service for Donna was held in July of 2016 in Ithaca, New York. Donations in memory of Donna may be made to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology or the Public Radio & TV station of your choosing. Knauff Funeral Home - Williston, FL was in charge of local arrangements.

Donna is listed on page 304 of the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree Book. She is deeply missed by her family and friends.

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Grefe, Paul William age 94 of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin passed away peacefully Wednesday 25 May 2016 at University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

Paul was born 6 March 1922 in Germantown Township of Juneau County, Wisconsin the son of Henry and Laura (Wermuth) Grefe.

Paul is survived by a son, Marv Grefe; grandson, Eddy Reinwand; brothers, Henry of New Lisbon, Wisconsin, Fred (Norma) of Wisconsin Dells; and a sister, Phyllis Moore of Mauston. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Savilla; daughter, Sue; brothers, Gaylord, Robert and Harold and sisters, Doris, Dorothy, Eleanor and Beverly

He attended a one room school house in Germantown Township and worked on the family farm. He and his brother, Gaylord, worked for the Civilian Conservation Corp planting trees and cutting pulpwood as young men. Later he went to Milwaukee and worked in several factories and a lumberyard. In his 20’s he worked on ships sailing the Great Lakes transporting vehicles. Then his interest led him to the Merchant Marines during war times. He traveled several time around the world hauling freight, ore, and food products. In the fall of 1949 he bought the farm in Wisconsin Dells with the help of his dad and the money he saved while sailing. Then he married Savilla Westerfeldt on 28 November 1953 in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Paul was on numerous boards: Kilbourn Co-op Exchange, Wisconsin Dairies, town chairman, fire warden for 26 years, and Adams County Board of Adjustments. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting and telling stories about his excursions. Paul and Savilla retired from farming in 1983 and started fishing, traveling, enjoying life, church and family.

Funeral services were held Wednesday 1 June 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Dells with Reverend Craig Wolfgram officiating. Burial was at Spring Grove Cemetery. Visitation was held at Picha Funeral Home in Wisconsin Dells on Tuesday 31 May 31 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Wednesday at Bethany Lutheran Church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m.

Paul is a 5th generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and his genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Friedericka, Oscar, Laura, and Paul. He is pictured on page 180 and listed on page 194 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree Book. Our sympathies to his family.

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Wolfram, Carol Jean 68 years, passed away Friday 6 Nov 2015. She was born 28 May1947 to Harry and Dorothy (Crawford) Wolfram. Carol graduated from Portage High School in 1968.

She is survived by her brother, Clifford (Elizabeth) Wolfram of Wisconsin Dells; niece, Brenda (Michael) Myers of Texas; nephew, Christopher (Lynn) Wolfram of DePere; loving friend of 42 years, Don Selden of Madison; and great-nieces, Alexis and Madelyn; and great-nephews, Andrew, Aiden and Jacob.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Wolfram in 2005 and Dorothy in 2004; and many beloved aunts and uncles.

Carol always looked forward to going to her job at UW Health Systems with the support of Goodwill Industries. She received an achievement award this past summer for her 15 years of dedicated service. As her family and dear friends know, Carol rarely missed the opportunity to send a greeting card for special occasions. It was a hobby she so enjoyed.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Cho, Agrace Hospice Care, Inc., UW Hospital and all of the people from Options and Goodwill that saw to Carol's needs for the past 40 plus years. Memorials would be appreciated to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Options in Community Living and Goodwill Industries.

A funeral service was held at noon Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2126 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, with the Rev. Gerry Kuhnke presiding. Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery, Portage. Visitation was held from 11 A.M. until the time of service Sunday at the church.

Carol is listed on page 204 of the 4th edition to the Seidemann Family Tree Book. She is a 6th generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and her genealogy line is as follows; Friedrich, Fredericka, Hugo, Ella, Harry, and Carol Jean. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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Scheunemann, Norman E age 85, a loving husband and father, lost his valiant fight to cancer on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Maritime Gardens, Manitowoc. He was born on October 25, 1930 and the only child of Anton and Theresa (Wendt) Scheunemann of West Bend. He lived in and around the West Bend area most of his life...first working on the family farm and later for several small companies in the West Bend area. On October 6, 1951 he married the former Delores Race of the Saukville area. He was a kind gentle soul who loved his family and doing things with and for them. He also loved to garden and work in his yard but, his biggest passion was meeting new people thru his real estate career. Upon his retirement from the Gehl Company he continued on in real estate. Norm and Delores took many trips to Phoenix, Arizona to visit the oldest daughter Joan. Six years ago he and Delores moved to Manitowoc, WI to be closer to their youngest daughter June and her husband, Mike Bernsdorf. He loved going to June's farm and helping with anything and everything.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years: Delores Scheunemann, Manitowoc; and two daughters: Joan Scheunemann, Phoenix, AZ and June Scheunemann and her husband, Mike Bernsdorf, Reedsville. Also surviving are many family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents: Anton and Theresa Scheunemann. Cremation has occurred at All-Care Cremation Center, Manitowoc, and per Norman's request, there will be no services and his cremated remains will be laid to rest at Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend, WI.

The Pfeffer Funeral Home & All-Care Cremation Center, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Maritime Gardens Assisted Living where Norman resided the last two years. The other residents and staff were all part of his family in his heart. Their compassion these last weeks for the care and comfort of "Normie" will not go unforgotten. Norman is pictured on page 223 and listed on page 268 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree book.

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Pofahl, James W "Jim", Sr. 96 years, passed away on 16 February 2016 with his wife Evelyn (Chesak) Pofahl of 74 years at his side.

Jim is survived by his wife, his children; Jim Pofahl, Jr and his wife Barbara of El Paso, Texas, Robert Pofahl and wife Karen of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and David Pofahl and wife Melanie of Charlotte, North Carolina; and eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His daughter, Ann Louise Duff, passed away in 2013.

Born on January 10, 1920 in El Paso to Walter and Louise Pofahl, Jim graduated from Austin High School. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1945. He retired from the El Paso Natural Gas Company in 1983 after 37 years. He spent many years pursuing hobbies of scale model railroads and classic cars. He was a member of The Horseless Carriage Club. Jim served for 75 years at Zion Lutheran Church. He and Evelyn were married at Zion on September 6, 1941, and they served at Ysleta Lutheran Mission and other faith based organizations.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church, 2800 Pershing St. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be sent to Zion Lutheran Church. Jim's family will miss their loving "Papa" and will always remember him with his engineer's cap, commanding the Lionel train collection.

Jim and Evelyn are listed on page xi as Donors to the 4th Edition Seidemann Family Book, on page 134 with his family, and pictured on page 74 also with his family. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends.

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Scheunemann, Leona A. (nee Wilkens), 92, of West Bend, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at the Waterford of West Bend.

Leona Alma Wilkens was born on January 14, 1924, to Otto and Augusta (nee Nitzsche) Wilkens. She was the youngest of four children born on the Wilkens' homestead in the Town of Farmington. She was baptized, confirmed and married at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in Newburg where she also attended Christian grade school. Along with her siblings Art, Elmer, and Arline, she helped her parents on the farm. She worked at an egg plant in Cedarburg, at the Aluminum factory in West Bend during war time inspecting gun shells and briefly at Amity before planning her wedding. On April 27, 1946, she married Hilbert Scheunemann. Together they farmed and raised their family in the Town of Farmington. They enjoyed square dancing and traveling with their "Trip Friends". Their marriage was blessed with three children, Curtis, Conrad and Carol. All the children helped with the work on the farm. Leona had a large garden and many flowers. She canned and cooked for extra guests at different times. Much of her time was spent working on the fields and seeing the beauty of nature around her. Stones fascinated her. She often ended up taking a few home. An animal lover, she cared for horses, sheep, dogs, and cats. She also liked milking cows. She made her own milking stool. She worked at all kinds of needlework and picture albums. Leona loved singing and was a member of St. John’s choir and Ladies Auxiliary. Continuing into her later years she visited many shut-ins. She cut lawn and swam at the YMCA until her late eighties. Her love for history prompted her to write her own story "Farm Roots Run Deep 1 & 2".

Those Leona leaves behind to cherish her memory include three children, Curtis (Nancy) Scheunemann, Conrad (Darlene) Scheunemann and Carol (Douglas) Frank; six grandchildren; Kevin (Karen) Scheunemann, Steven (Lacy) Scheunemann, Nathan (Dana) Scheunemann, Lisa (Philip) Miller, Jeremy (special friend Karen) Frank and Ryan (Morgan) Frank; 6 step-grandchildren, Lee (Kris) Voge, Lisa (Ralph) Guernsey, John (Lisa) Voge, Frank (Robyn) Voge, Teresa (Kevin) Young and Jacqueline Schiebel; 8 great-grandchildren, Dylan, Alyssa, Kaitlyn, Peyton, Stuart, Nicole, Megan and Griffin; a brother-in-law, Louis (Alice) Scheunemann, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Leona was preceded in death by her husband, Hilbert in 1998; her parents, Otto and Augusta Wilkens; a granddaughter in infancy, Angela Scheunemann; two brothers, Arthur (Adeline) and Elmer (Esther) Wilkens; a sister, Arline (Waldemar) Luft, and three nephews, Glen, Fred and Martin Wilkens.

A Funeral Service for Leona was held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, 623 Congress St., in Newburg. Rev. Kurt Schaser officiated and burial followed in the church cemetery.

Leona is a 5th generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and is pictured on pages 47, 54, and 55 in the 4th edition of our family tree book. She is also listed on page 111 of that book with her family information. Her genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Traugott, Emma, Otto, and Leona. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

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Hansen, Leon Elwood 91 years, passed away peacefully at a local care facility in Great Falls, on Oct. 6, 2015. Elwood was born on Aug. 21, 1924 in Cokeville, WY to Hans Andrew "Andy" and Ida (Matthews) Hansen. He spent his childhood in Montana growing up in Vaughn. Elwood attended grade school in Vaughn and high school in Simms. He was a longtime resident of the area, living in his own home until very recently, when he moved in with his daughter Lola.

On Dec. 16, 1946 he married the love of his life, Mary Gerner, in Great Falls. They brought into this world, a lasting legacy of love and family, their children- Lola, Connie, Bill, and Ken. The family made their home in the Vaughn area. Elwood and Mary shared 41 years together; he was by her side every moment, attentively and lovingly caring for her before her passing in 1988.

He began working as a young teen and carried an industrious spirit throughout his life. Elwood worked for a dairy in Fairfield and then as a truck driver for Mercury Sand and Gravel Company. In 1945 he entered into service for our country with the Navy. Elwood proudly served on the USS Dane and earned the Asiatic Pacific American Area Victory Medal. Upon his return to civilian life, he began a career in welding with the Anaconda Co., and was with them for 30 years, until they closed the smelter. He kept working with the Boilermakers, travelling around Southeastern Montana on various union jobs. Throughout his career, Elwood also maintained a farm.

In his free time Elwood was a master at restoring antique autos, beginning with a 1927 Model T Coupe. His enthusiasm for antique cars was also carried over in his membership in the Skunk Wagon Car Club. Elwood enjoyed the great outdoors Montana has to offer- spending many days fishing, nights under the Big Sky camping and walking the lands hunting for big game. He was the oldest member of the American Legion Post 0130 with 66 years of membership. When Elwood would go out on the town, he could often be found dancing the night away with the ladies! Elwood was an excellent bowler and bowled for many years on a team from the Smelter.

He is survived by his loving family; his children, Lola (Rod) Barnard of Sun River, MT; Connie (Rick) Silva of Great Falls, MT; Bill (Cindi) Hansen of Littleton, CO; and Ken (Cindy) Hansen of Belgrade, MT; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; his sister, Virginia Fontanilla of Cannon Beach, OR; numerous nieces and nephews; and his special friend, Marcie Kuhne.

Leon is listed on page 351 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree book.

Wilkens, Adeline L. (nee Lehn), age 88, found eternal rest Feb. 9, 2016 in the comfort of her home in Newburg. She was born on Jan. 21, 1928 to the late Andrew and Lydia Lehn (Nee Fiedler) in the town of Barton. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Slinger, and graduated from Slinger High School in 1945. She then moved to the town of Barton and worked at JC Penney and the West Bend Company.

She married Arthur Wilkens (Otto and Augusta) at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Slinger on Aug. 4, 1951. They settled in Newburg, overlooking the Milwaukee River where she lived the rest of her life and raised 7 children. Arthur preceded her in death July 31, 2009. She was a member of St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Newburg, St. John's Ladies Aux., VFW post#1393, and worked at the village election polls for several years. They kept a large garden for the family and sold many, many boxes of raspberries and strawberries to grateful customers over the years. She loved to bake and cook for the frequent get-togethers of family and friends, and always enjoyed time spent with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include: 7 children Dianne Schreiber (Bill Jr.) of West Bend, Eileen SearVogel (Bob) of West Bend, Sharon Wilking (Rick) of Golden, CO, Paul (Karen Schowalter) of Newburg, Allen (Denise Burton) of Oakfield, Ron (Linda Fechter) of Mequon, Arleen (Rev. Jeff Bolwerk) of St. Joseph, MI; 13 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Adeline is further survived by a sister-in-law Leona Scheunemann of West Bend, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to her husband, parents and in-laws, she is preceded in death by one sister LaVerne Smith, brothers-in-law Elmer Wilkens, Hilbert Scheunemann, Waldemar Luft and John Smith and sisters-in-law Esther Wilkens, Arline Luft and one grandchild Scott SearVogel.

A Funeral Service will be Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11:00AM at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (623 Congress St., Newburg, 53060) with Pastor Kurt Schaser presiding. The visitation will be from 9:00AM until 10:45AM at the church. Interment will follow at St. John's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church Newburg, Wi.

The family would like to thank all who remembered her with cards, prayers and visits after her stroke in 2007, Dr. Gajic and his staff and Caring Hands of Hope who made it possible for her to stay at home.

Adeline was a volunteer for the Seidemann Family Reunions where for many years she proofed then later help fold the invitations, donated gifts for bingo prizes, and attended yearly reunions - only missing one in 2007, the year of her stroke. She was also one of the many volunteers who helped to proof the 4th edition of the History and Family Tree of the Friedrich Seidemann Family Descendants. She is listed in that book on page xi, pictured with her family on page 47, and listed on the family tree on page 108 and 109. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Crass, Marinette M. (nee Jaeger) 87years of West Bend passed away Friday Feb. 12, 2016 at Ivy Manor in West Bend. She was born Sept. 6, 1928, to the late Norvin and Christine (nee Lahr) Jaeger in West Bend. She attended Holy Angels Grade School and West Bend High School. She worked for many years in the office at Wisconsin Gas and Electric in West Bend.

On June 18, 1949, she was united in marriage to Ray Crass at Holy Angels Catholic Church. They had their son, Terry. Then she began working for the West Bend Co. as a laborer. She moved to Menomonee, Michigan, for three years and owned a Chips hamburger stand. For the next 20 years she lived in Florida, returning to West Bend after Ray died to be closer to family. She loved to bake. She will be greatly missed by all.

Those Marinette leaves behind to cherish her memories include her son, Terry Crass of Green Bay; four grandchildren, Tina Kevton, Lori (Wade) Ramsey, Chad Crass and Joe Crass; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Leroy “Tutor” Jaeger; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Ray; sister, Leora (Ray) Bresette; and sister-in-law, Florence Jaeger. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1 p.m. Friday March 4 at Holy Angels Catholic Church.

Marinette is listed on page 299 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree.

Neumann, Bradley J. 28 years of Saukville passed away at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. He was born January 16, 1987 in West Bend to Tim and Christine (Voigt) Neumann. He enjoyed playing ice hockey in his youth and was an avid sports fan. On December 23, 2013, he married Nicole Westling in Port Washington. Brad worked as a die caster at Pace Industries in Grafton.

Survivors include his wife Nicole, his three daughters Skylene, Baylee, and McKenlee, his parents Tim (Pam) Neumann of West Bend and Chris (Mark Flowers) Blomberg of Macon, MO, his maternal grandmother Ramona Voigt of Grafton, two brothers Ryan Neumann of Trenton, IL. and Army Specialist Austin Neumann 2/593rd 173 Infantry Airborne, three sisters Lauren of Trenton, IL and Madison and Sophia of West Bend, his mother in-law Bonnie (David) Regan of Maple Grove, MN, father-in-law Dennis Westling of Hinkley, MN, Aunts and Uncles Judith (John) Kertscher, Jean Kraft, Thomas (Patricia) Neumann, Janice (Richard) Bartelt, Brian Voigt, Jeff Voigt, Kimberly Westling and Daniel Westling. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Charles Neumann, Dorothy Kissinger, and Alfred Voigt. Visitation was at the Eernisse Funeral Home 1600 W. Grand Ave. in Port Washington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for the education of Bradley’s children appreciated.

Bradley was a seventh generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosine Seidemann and his genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Johanna, Edwin, Angela, Charles, Timothy, and Bradley. Brad is listed on pages 325 and 326 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree. He is greatly missed by all who know him.

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Lechner, Neal J., 87 years of West Bend, passed away Wednesday June 24, 2015 at his home.

He was born on January 1, 1928 in Phelps to the late Edward and Gladys (nee Crass) Lechner and graduated from Phelps High School in the class of 1946. On September 3, 1949 Neal was united in marriage to Margaret Wyant at Congregational Church in Eagle River. Together they made their home and raised their family in West Bend. Neal worked at the West Bend Company for 36 years retiring in 1986.

He is survived by his wife Margaret, two children William (Teresa) Lechner of Sun Prairie and Pat (Peter) Schloemer of West Bend; three grandchildren, Brad Schloemer, Matthew (Terry) Lechner, and Jennifer Schloemer and twin great-grandsons Logan & Lucas Lechner. He is further survived by a sister Edna Steinert of Kewaskum and other relatives and friends. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the West Bend Company 25 year club. Neal was a huge sports fan. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

A graveside service in remembrance of Neal was held on Monday June 29th at 11:00 am in Washington County Memorial Park. Rev. David Schoob officiated.

Neil was a sixth generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosine Seidemann and his genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Johanna, William, Edna, Gladys, and Neil. He is listed on page 280 of the 4th edition of the Friedrich Seidemann Family Tree.

Risse, Caroline J., 88, of Elkhart Lake, entered eternal peace on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at Cedar Lake Health Care Center, West Bend. Caroline was born on Apr. 17, 1927 in the Town of Farmington, near Fillmore, Washington County, to the late Edwin and Milda (nee Groeschel) Gerner, and married Norton Risse on July 17, 1948 at Waubeka Community Church in Waubeka, WI. The couple moved to Slinger in April of 1962 to open Risse's Meat Market, which they operated together until their retirement.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Norton, brothers, Willard and Leslie Gerner; sisters, Harriet Steele and Winifred Gerner, six brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law. Survivors include her three dear sons, Terry (Rachel) Risse of Elkhart Lake, Scott (Sue) Risse of Slinger and Keith (Mary) Risse of Sheboygan; her cherished grandchildren, Troy(fiancé Ali), Ryan (Abby), Jill (Tim), Shana, Megan(Justin), Jess, Charlie, and Jake and great-grandsons, Jack and Braxton; a sister, Beulah Leissring of West Bend. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Caroline graduated from Dodge County Normal School and taught grade school in Boltonville, Wisconsin. She was active in church, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, and serving with the Women's Guild and on numerous committees.

She was a skilled seamstress and cook and she made each day a celebration of family with shared meals, chores and lessons in life. Weekends were devoted to church and family activities, visiting friends and relatives and celebrating holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. She was dedicated to her "boys" and made activities with her family a priority throughout her life. When her sons married, she delighted in the "daughters" she never had and was blessed with an expanding family including the eight grandchildren and two great-grandsons which were the joy of her retirement years.

She loved music and dancing. Along with her sisters, Winnie and Beulah, she sang for many church and social functions as part of the Gerner Trio. Throughout her life and especially in retirement, she enjoyed dancing with Nort to polka, waltz and big band music. She and Norton also traveled in retirement, enjoying trips to the east coast and Europe but most of their travel focused on family, especially on numerous trips to visit and work with the Risse and Cary families in Alaska.

Flowers and gardening also brightened her life and the meat market, home and yard were always adorned with flowers and plants. Her family enjoyed home cooked meals with fresh and preserved fruits and vegetables from her garden.

A Funeral Service will be held at 4:00PM on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at St. John's United Church of Christ (520 W. Washington St. Slinger, WI 53086) with Pastor Kathryn Kuhn & Dale Miller (Lay Minister) presiding. Visitation will be at the church from 1:00PM until the time of service. Interment will be at St. Paul's Cemetery, Silver Creek on Monday February 8, 2016 at 11:00AM.

Caroline is a 5th generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and her genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Johanna, William, Edwin, and Caroline. She is pictured of page 235 and is listed on the family tree on page 305.

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Gerner, Gordon 76 years, died on 6 December 2015. He was the son of Lawrence and Elda (Gruhle) Gerner and two brothers: Clyde (MaryLou) Gerner and Kenneth (Janet) Gerner, and two sisters: Virginia Scott and Marilyn (Ernest) Preston. He also had nieces, nephews, many relatives and friends.

Gordy enjoyed fishing and hunting and walking in the outdoors. He worked at the West Bend Company for many years and later built a log cabin. Gordy was a 5th generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and his genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Johanna, Charles, Lawrence, and Gordon.

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Crass, Phillip Stuart , 83, of West Bend passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at the home of his niece. Phillip was born July 30, 1932. He was a devoted uncle to many nieces and nephews and loved his Catholic faith.

Phillip spent many years supporting activities at Lac Lawrann Conservancy. His knowledge and love of birds inspired him to feed and care for them and in return he enjoyed their beauty and antics. In addition to Lac Lawrann, Phillip belonged to the Barton Historical Society, Young at Heart and bird club. He spent many years volunteering by reading to schoolchildren, administering communion to shut-ins, and helping with the annual Seidemann family reunion. Phillip retired after working with the Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Department. Phillip was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Edna Crass, and 16 brothers and sisters. He is survived by two brothers, Everette Crass of Land O' Lakes and Bruce Crass of Phelps. He is further survived by two sisters-in-law, Francis Crass of Mayville and Marinette Crass of West Bend, and one brother-in-law, Floyd Cook of West Bend.

Phillip will be deeply missed by his many friends and family. He was an especially cherished uncle of the Koenig children. His passing will leave a big hole in the hearts of Sandy, Cheryl, Geri, Butch and Randy. There will be no funeral services. Phillip’s wishes were to dedicate his body to medical research and education.

Phillip is listed on pages x, xi as a patron and volunteer of the History and Family Tree of the Friedrich Seidemann Family 4th edition 2005, pictured on page 231, and listed on the family tree on page 301. Philip served on the Seidemann Planning Committee for over 19 years and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

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Goeckerman, El Nor (Ritger) 95 years young, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 29, 2015. She was the loving mother of Fred (Diana), John, Teri (Jeff) Bruch and Lori (Jim) Koch. She was also the proud Grandma of Matthew, Brian, Scott, Lindsey, Jason, Britney, Heather and Zachary and the Great-grandma of Max, Dylan, Cooper and Cambrie.

A visitation was held on Friday, September 4 from 12:30pm until the time of service at 2:30pm at Wisconsin Memorial Park Chapel of the Flowers, 13235 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield. Entombment followed.

El Nor is a 5th generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and is pictured on page 152 and listed on the family tree on page 171. Her genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Christiana, Wilhelm, Selma, and Elnor. She is greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.

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Wilkens, Merlin Raymond 90 years, of Newburg, WI, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Samaritan Health Center on December 4, 2015. He was born to Frank and Mary (Nee Moss) on June 16, 1925 in Fillmore, WI. He attended West Bend High School. Merlin Married Myrtle (Nee Kirmse) on June 16, 1945 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Newburg, WI.

He is survived by his two children, Margo (Russell) Hanson and Larry (Judy) Wilkens; his grandchildren, Scott Hanson, Nicole Vetter, Ryan Thompson, Cassie (Daniel) Wilkens-Harris and Greg (Brittany) Wilkens; great-grandchildren, Jocelyn, James and Teddy and Lucy; and his sister-in-law, Bernice Wilkens. He is further survived by his nephew Mike Wilkens, other relatives and friends.

Merlin was a loving father, grandfather and friend and as a firefighter came in contact with so many people sharing his humor with all. He enjoyed travel, bowling, and fishing. He was a loving Grandfather to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He never said no to anyone who needed a helping hand. Being a farmer's son, he learned to love the land. Family – God – Community is what he believed in and taught his children. He was married to Myrtle for 68 years enjoying their time together. They had a cabin near Rice Lake, WI where they enjoyed the peace and quiet of a small lake. His smile and jokes will be missed, but the memories will never die. He passed into God’s hands with family holding his hands.

Merlin was a volunteer fireman at the Newburg Fire Dept. for 65 years. He was honorably discharged from the US ARMY in 1946 and part of Legion Post 36 Honor Guard. He was employed at the Cheeseville Cheese Factory in Fillmore and retired from Tecumseh in Grafton. Later he worked for Johnson Bus in Fillmore.

Merlin is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Mary Wilkens, his wife Myrtle, his in-laws, Elmer and Julia Kirmse; brother, Milton Wilkens; sister, Lucille Kremsreiter and special friend Kathy Kies. A private family burial will took place on Thursday, December 10th, 2015 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Newburg, WI.

Merlin is listed on page 108 in the Seidemann Family Tree Book 4th edition as is a 5th generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann. His genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Traugott, Emma, Frank, and Merlin. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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Bretschneider, James "Jim" A. , 63, of Newburg, passed away on Monday, October 19, 2015, while at Kathy Hospice, West Bend.

Jim was born on January 28, 1952, to the late Karl and LaVera (nee Jobs) Bretschneider in Port Washington, Wisconsin. He graduated from the last class at West Bend High school in 1970 before the split into two high schools. He managed several restaurants before he owned and operated his own. Jim loved playing pool, flower gardening and cooking. He also loved golfing with friends and family. Jim will be missed by all who knew him.

Those Jim leaves behind to cherish his memory include his three sisters, Kathleen (Ron) Kabitzke, Cheryl (Jesse) Garcia, and Susan (Mike) Marolla; son, Brian Bretschneider; special friend Irma Schairer as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation was held on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, (1315 W. Washington St.) West Bend, WI from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. A memorial service followed immediately thereafter.

Jim's family greeted relatives and friends at the funeral home Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service. Burial was on Saturday, October 24 at 3:00 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Newburg. The family would appreciate in lieu of flowers, a memorial made to the Albrecht Clinic or Kathy Hospice in honor of Jim.

Jim was a sixth generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and is listed on page 91 of the Seidemann Family Tree. His genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Traugott, Mary, Ida, Karl, and James.

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Yahr, Bonita L. "Bonnie" passed away Friday August 21, 2015 at her residence at the age of 76 years. She was born in Peoria, IL on October 1, 1938 to Arthur and Lola (Harfst) Williamson. She was a graduate of Easton High School in 1956. On September 1, 1961 she married Curt Yahr in Havana, IL. Bonnie was employed over the years at the State Office in Illinois, the West Bend Co., and the secretary of Yahr Oil Co. Bonnie was a member of Inner Wheel (Woman's Rotary), Fenton Finders of America and the Red Hats.

Bonnie is survived by her husband Curt, her children Steve (Molly) Yahr and Bob (Laurie) Yahr; grandchildren Mason, Mitchell, Maxwell, Maclain, Austin and Amber; her brother Lawrence (Ruth) Williamson; brother in law Richard (Lynn) Yahr, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother David Williamson.

Funeral Services were held at 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 27 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church (7750 Hwy 144, West Bend) with Rev. Robert A. Korytkowski presided. Visitation was at the CHURCH ONLY on Thursday, August 27 from 1:00 pm until the time of services (4:00 pm). Interment was at Boltonville Union Cemetery on Friday at 10:00 am. Memorials to St. Andrew Lutheran Church or The Kathy Hospice are appreciated.

The family would like to thank the Kathy Hospice for the wonderful nursing staff, all the family and friends for all the support and prayers, and a special thank you to Delores Palash for her generous offering of time and friendship. Bonnie is listed on page x and xi as a patron and volunteer of the History and Family Tree of the Friedrich Seidemann Family 4th edition 2005, pictured on page 365, and listed on the family tree on page 373. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

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Hiller, Gladys (Roell) Wilkens, 92, of Port Washington, was called home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 3, 2015 at Harbor Cove, Port Washington.

She was born on August 5, 1922 to the late Walter and Martha (nee Wenzel) Roell in Waubeka. On April 1, 1944 she was united in marriage to Walter Wilkens. Walter passed away in March of 1955. On August 11, 1973 she was united in marriage to Herbert Hiller. Herbert passed away in November, 2002. She worked at Kiekhaefer Corp during World War II and Grob Inc. from 1960-1975. She was a member of the Farmington homemakers, St. Joseph's Auxiliary, and a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Fredonia.

Gladys is survived by her son, Kenneth Wilkens of Random Lake; two step-daughters, Karen (Robert) Belger and Jane (James) Jung; Two step-grandchildren, Heidi (Jeff) Schulz and Tim (Leigh Ann) Belger; three great-grandchildren, Kelsi Schulz, Derek Schulz, and Morgan Belger; brother, Harold Roell of Tucson AZ; brother in law, Ernest Keller; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands, Walter and Herbert; daughter, Judith Ann Wilkens; son, Gerald Wilkens; daughter in law, Rachel Wilkens.

A Funeral service in remembrance of Gladys was held on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm at St. John's Lutheran Church, 824 Fredonia Ave. Fredonia. Visitation was at the church from 12:30 pm until the time of service. Burial followed the service at St John's Lutheran church cemetery.

Gladys is listed on page 101 of the Friedrich Seidemann Family Tree book.

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