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Obituaries July 2016 - July 2017 (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 2016 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 2017, this page will be archived and a new page will be started.

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

 
Henry Dean Grefe

Grefe, Henry "Hank" Dean passed away at his home on Castle Rock Lake on 19 December 2016, on what was his 90th birthday. He was born 19 December 1926 to Henry Dean and Laura Mae (Wermuth) Grefe in rural Necedah.

Hank is survived by his children Deborah (Harold) Nelson of Lodi, Marsha Lubinski (Steve Stubbs) of New Lisbon, Jean (Ed) Doller of New Lisbon, John (Karen) Grefe of Reedsburg; grandchildren Jason and Jeffrey Lubinski, Jennifer (Jos'e) Garcia, Derek and Devin (Brittany) Doller and Haley (Kolten) Bartell; great-grandchildren Antonio and Liliana Garcia, Gage Doller and Baby Bartell; brother Fredrick (Norma) of Wisconsin Dells; sister Phyllis Moore of Mauston; as well as many other relatives and friends. .

He was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie of 54 years; his parents; grandparents; sisters Dorothy Ruf, Eleanor Huffman, Beverly Rothe and Doris Gourley; brothers Gaylord, Harold, Paul and Robert.

After graduating high school, Hank served in the US Navy from 1944-46 as a Seaman 1st Class on a destroyer escort. After WWII, he was stationed in Japan. On July 12, 1952, Hank married Bonnie J. Christie of Reedsburg, WI. They lived in New Lisbon, where Hank was the Manager and Accountant for John E. White Motor Sales. They were actively involved in their church, St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran. Hank was also an active member of the American Legion (serving as both Vice Commander and then Commander), 40 Et 8 and Winter Wanderers Snowmobile Club. Hank loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting in his younger years. He also loved playing fast pitch softball and bowling. In addition to raising four children, he and Bonnie owned and operated the Dairy Isle in Mauston for many years.

In December 1973, Hank and Bonnie moved to Reedsburg where they owned and operated a General Trading Co. (Car Quest Auto Parts) store, later opening one in Hank's home town of Mauston as well. He was very proud to have been bestowed the honor of Reedsburg Businessman of the Year. They again were active in their church, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, and local organizations. After retiring and turning the auto parts businesses over to their children, Hank and Bonnie came full circle when, in fall of 2002, they moved back to New Lisbon and made their Castle Rock Lake home their permanent residence. He spent a good deal of his time volunteering as a driver to take veterans to their appointments at the VA Hospital in Madison.

A visitation was held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at noon on Monday, 26 December 2016 at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 208 Allen Road, New Lisbon, with Pastor Joel Free officiating. Interment followed the service (at New Lisbon City Cemetery) with military honors accorded by the New Lisbon American Legion.

Henry is pictured on page 180 and listed on page 196 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree Book. He is a 5th generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and his genealogy is as follows: Friedrich, Friedericka, Oscar, Laura, and Henry.

Hank was an extremely hard worker and his children all feel blessed that he instilled his hard work ethic in them. He was a generous and caring man, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was a trooper until the very end, having celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends just the day before his death.

George William Chesak

Chesak, George William 74 years passed away at his home Monday, June 12, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. George was born to Baldwin and Marcella Chesak on 04 November 1942. He was employed by Regal Ware, Inc., Kewaskum for 42 years, retiring in 2003; after which George and Carol traveled in their motorhome all around the USA and Canada for 12 years meeting many wonderful people along the way. Three years ago they settled in Jefferson, WI

George is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Carol and his children Kevin Chesak, Shawn Chesak. He is also survived by his stepchildren Carrie (Fabijan) Antolos, Kevin (Karen) Gusba, and Julie (Scott) Page, and by his grandchildren Barton (Briana) Gusba, Stevie Lin (Jordan) Gusba, Mikayla Young, David Young, and Sophia Antolos. He is further survived by his great grandchildren Paiton, William, Lily, and Brier and by his sisters Carol Schneider and Shirley Backhaus.

George was a fifth generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and his genealogy line is as follows; Friedrich, Traugott, Clara, Baldwin, and George. He is listed on page 142 of the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree Book. We extend our sympathies to Carol and his family. He was a gentle, kind, loving man and is greatly missed.

Delores M. Scheunemann

Scheunemann, Delores M. (Race) age 85, a resident of the Manitowoc Health & Rehabilitation Center, Manitowoc, a loving wife and mother, passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 13, 2017.

She was born on 20 March 1932 and was one of three children of Irene and Elmer Race. She lived in and around the West Bend area most of her life, first working on the family farm then finding her love, Norman E. Scheunemann and marrying on 6 Oct 1951

Delores was a kind and gentle person with a passion for sewing and cooking and most of all listening to her polka music. Upon her retirement from the JC Penney Co, Delores and Norman took many trips to Phoenix, Arizona to visit the oldest daughter Joan. Six years ago she and Norm moved to Manitowoc, WI to be closer to their youngest daughter, June and her husband Mike Bernsdorf. She loved going to June's farm and playing with the cats and horses.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the gals at the Manitowoc Health Care Center on the Reflections Wing where Delores resided the last 2 years. Their compassion helped the family so much in understanding Alzheimer's and how it affects a loved one.

She is preceded in death by her parent's; husband Norman, and her brother Kenneth Race. Leaving behind her two daughters, Joan Scheunemann of Phoenix, AZ, June Scheunemann and her husband Mike Bernsdorf Reedsville, WI, and her sister Marlene of Phoenix AZ along with many family and friends. She requested no funeral or service and will be laid to rest at Washington County Memorial Park in West Bend, WI. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting The Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Delores is pictured on page 223 and listed on page 268 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree Book. She was a 6th generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and her genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Johanna, Paulina, Anson, Irene, Delores. Our hearts pour out to her daughters at this difficult time but we find comfort in knowing she is now at peace.

Ruth E. Seideman

Seideman, Ruth E, 82 yrs, peacefully passed away on 16 May 2017 in Oklahoma City, OK. Ruth had a magical smile, and a gift for caring and sharing with those around her, as demonstrated in her 41 years of nursing and education. She truly made the world a brighter place for her family, friends and students. Ruth was born on July 7, 1934, in Okeene, OK, daughter of Ewald Julius and Alma Alexandra (Smith) Kramer and older sister to LaDonna Meinders. She graduated from Loyal High School, Oklahoma City University, and Texas Woman's University. After 10 years of teaching nursing, she went on to earn her Master of Arts and Master of Science from The University of Oklahoma while continuing to teach nursing. At the age of 53, she earned her Doctor of Philosophy at The University of Oklahoma. On Nov. 27, 1954, Ruth married Jack Young, who had attended school with Ruth since 1st grade in Loyal, OK. Summer vacations were typically spent in the Creede, CO area. One of her favorite family traditions was at their Colorado cabin where they would hike, fish, camp, ride horses and explore jeep trails where trails didn't exist. She loved sharing those experiences with her grandchildren as well. On May 21, 1988, Ruth married Walter Seideman. They loved ballroom dancing; all things family, traveling the world and visiting their combined six children and five grandchildren. Ruth's caring demeanor and passion for helping her nursing students learn were two of her finest qualities. She learned early in life the importance of helping others and giving back to the community. For example, she spent the summer of 1960 in New York City serving as a Nursing Supervisor for Adolescent Drug Abuse unit at Riverside Hospital. In addition, to being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, Ruth was actively involved in the promotion of many nursing education organizations. Her generosity, kindness and love to all were never ending. Ruth leaves behind a family she loved and cherished dearly and who will remember her always with joy in their hearts. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Seideman.

She is survived by her sister, LaDonna Meinders and husband Herman; her children, Stanley Young and wife Hilary, Steven Young and wife Paula, and Roger Young and wife Kimberly; her former husband, Jack Young; her stepchildren, Russ Seideman and wife Miffie, Keith Seidemann, and Bonnie Seideman; and her grandchildren, Luke, Tate, Travis, Harper, and Tina, who adoringly called her "Grandma." We give a special thank-you to Jeanne Pearl wonderful caregivers, who were so loving and supportive. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Servant, 14343 N. MacArthur Blvd., OKC, 73142. Contributions in Honor or Memory of Ruth to provide nursing scholarships for students may be made online. This contribution can be done by clicking on this link on the donation page of the Kramer School of Nursing at OCU nursing website and then clicking on "Designation" selecting the drop down box "Nursing Scholarships" and typing "Ruth Kramer Seideman" in the Comments box. https//secure.okcu.edu/onlinegiving/givetoksn/

Ruth is pictured on page 68 of the Seidemann Family Tree book and listed on pages128 & 338 on our family tree. Ruth was a wonderful lady who will be deeply missed by all who know and loved her.

Samuel P. Razzano

Razzano, Samuel P, 92 years, died peacefully at home on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Son of the late Joseph and Florence Razzano, Sam was born and raised in Bound Brook, lived in Manville with his first wife, Anna, who died in 1973, and then moved to South Bound Brook. Sam was a WWII US Navy Veteran who served from 1942-1946. He worked as a specifications analyst for Mack Trucks, Inc. in Bridgewater for 37 years retiring in 1990. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Church in South Bound Brook; a life member of the VFW in Manville Post 2290; a charter member of the Manville ELKS; and enjoyed taking trips to Italy, where he visited with family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, and will always be remembered as a: "Proud Grandfather", who loved being with his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Lucille (Pohland) Razzano; son, Mark A. Razzano and wife, Cindy of Stockton, NJ; daughter, Andrea Razzano Shatek and husband, Adam of IL; brother, Ugo Razzano and wife, Margaret of Brick, NJ; and his 6 cherished grandchildren, Christina, Caitlyn, Anthony, Isabella, Samuel and Carissa. Visiting hours will be held from 2-5 PM on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the Bridgewater Funeral Home, 707 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Prayers will be said 9 AM on Monday, June 5, 2017 at the funeral home followed by a 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Mercy RC Church in South Bound Brook. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Hillsborough. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VNA of Somerset Hills Hospice, 200 Mt. Airy Road in Basking Ridge.

Sam is pictured on page 56 of the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree book and is listed on page 114. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

Joy A. Uhlig

Uhlig, Joy A (Bretschneider) 71 years, passed away on 16 October 2016. Joy was born to Oswald and Benadetta (Picciurro) Bretschneider on 18 February 1945.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Robert Uhlig of Grafton, Wisconsin whom she married on 7 July 1973, her cherished daughter Gina (Michael) Daiter of Milwaukee, and her loving grandson Matthew Daiter. She is further survived by her dear sister Carol King of Newburg, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Joy was preceded in death by her parents Oswald and Benadetta Bretschneider, brothers Lee and Roger Bretschneider, and her brother-in-law Wayne King.

Joy had a bubbly personality and enjoyed taking with everybody. She enjoyed embroidery, volunteering on Election Day voting, working at daycare with "her kids", acting as a second Mom for many friends, and calling her friends and relatives on their birthdays and anniversaries. She enjoyed traveling thru-out the Western US, Hawaii, and Western Canada.

Funeral services were held on Thursday October 20, 1:30 PM at St. Paul Lutheran Church 701 Washington St. Grafton, Wisconsin. Interment was at Immanuel Cemetery. Visitation was at the church on Thursday from 11:30 AM until 1:15 PM. Memorials to the church appreciated.

Joy is pictured on page 40 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree book and is listed on page 90. She is a sixth generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and her genealogy line is as follows; Friedrich, Traugott, Mary, Ida, Oswald, Joy. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Marlene Schumacher

Schumacher, Marlene Mey (Seideman) 82 years, passed away on 31 March 2017 at her residence. Marlene was born on 3 July 1934 to Arthur and Margaret (Mey) Seideman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She attended Atonement Lutheran Grade School and Lutheran High School. She graduated from Valparaiso University in 1955 with a bachelor's degree in Sociology.

On 18 June 1955 she married James Schumacher. During their 24 military relocations, she was "Commander of the Home Front." She was active in her children's lives, her church, and community. In the ensuing years, Marlene took part in numerous activities in support of Jim's assignments for the Marine Corps. While stationed in Japan, Marlene taught English to CEOs and other service organizations. She initiated and organized a school library at Mt. Olive Lutheran School in Des Moines, Iowa. After her father's death, she took over his water well-drilling supply business in Milwaukee. Later she moved to Oconomowoc, restored a Victorian home, and became involved by serving her city and community, first as a volunteer, then as mayor for two terms. She served on committees for St. Matthew Lutheran School (Oconomowoc) building program, St. Marcus (Milwaukee), and Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee).

Marlene is survived by her husband Jim of 62 years, their four daughters Jodie (Gary) Schommer of Ft. Atkinson, Wi; Wendy (Marc) Folven of Bryon, IL; Jamie (Stefan) Arredondo of Bristow, VA; and Laury (Daniel) Krause of Oshkosh, WI, as well as granddaughters Whitney (Oleg) Demin of Vernon Hill, IL; Christina Arrendondo of Williamsburg, VA; Caroline Folven of Minneapolis, MN; Katherine (John) Cleven of Milwaukee, WI; Petra (Cavyn) VonDeylen of Milwaukee, WI, and Elena Arrendondo of Bristow, VA.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 7 at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 818 West Wisconsin Avenue, Oconomowoc, WI from 9:30 AM until the time of Funeral Service at 1 PM. A private internment for the family after the church service will follow at Ixonia Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery. A light lunch, at the church, will follow at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Forward Program, St. Marcus Lutheran School, Wisconsin Lutheran College Fine Arts Organ Fund, or Time of Grace Ministry.

Marlene is pictured on page 70 in the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree book, her family tree is listed on page 30, and on page 426 under the history of the First Two Family Reunions she is listed as the youngest child in attendance at the second Seidemann Reunion at the age of two months. She was the secretary of the Seidemann Reunion for six years from 1950 to 1956, and served on the Seidemann Planning Committee for the past ten years. Marlene is a fifth generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosine Seidemann and her genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Traugott, Henry, Arthur, Marlene. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

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Peter J. Stoller, 76, of Saukville, passed away at Sharon Richardson Hospice in Sheboygan Falls on Sunday, December 25, 2016, with his family at his side.

Peter was born on November 1, 1940, the son of the late Eli and Amelia (Weasler) Stoller. On April 29, 1963, he was united in marriage to Sharon Cook in Illinois. Peter loved muskellunge fishing, cars, and motorcycling. He will be missed by his wife, family, and all who knew him.

Those Peter leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife, Sharon; four children, Brenda Stoller of Fife, Washington, Wanda Bruce of Cedar Grove, Tim (Tamra) Stoller of Ladysmith, and Sandy (John) Mueller of Port Washington; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Eli (Joyce) Stoller of Port Washington; a niece, Wendy Stoller Schowalter; three nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Peter was preceded in death by a brother, William (Lyla) Stoller; a niece, Linda Stoller and a nephew, Steve Stoller.

A graveside service in remembrance of Peter was held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2016, at Newark Cemetery in the town of Barton.

Peter is listed on the page 291 of the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree book. He will be missed by his wife Sharon ((Cook) Stoller and his family as well as his friends.

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Carol M. Falk (nee Wilkens) went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 4, 2017. She was born on May 2, 1926 in West Bend to the late Albert and Edna (nee Steinike) Wilkens. Carol married the love of her life Harold R. Falk on October 2, 1954. Together they farmed the family farm and raised their daughter Jean Falk.

Carol is survived by her daughter Jean; sister Elda Uttech; siblings-in-law Lucille (Marvin) Marquardt, Rosalie Firminhac, Alfred (Barbara) Falk. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Carol is preceded in death by her loving husband Harold, her parents, siblings-in-law Frank Uttech, Mildred (Martin) Miski, Ruth (Walter) Kluever, George Firminhac.

Private services will be held for Carol. Memorials appreciated to the family.

A special thank you to Dr. Mian and the staff of Cedar Community and Hospice for their loving care. Another special thank you to Pastor David Kellerman of St. John’s Lutheran Church of West Bend. Carol is a 5th descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and is listed on page 107 in the Seidemann Family Tree book. Her genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Traugott, Mary, Albert, Carol. Carol will be deeply missed by Jean, other relatives, and friends.

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Edwin F. Bretschneider passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at the Kettle Moraine Gardens, in Kewaskum, at the age of 96 years.

Edwin was born on July 24, 1920, the son of the late William Bretschneider and the late Ida (nee Wilkens) Bretschneider. He served his country in the United States Army, with the 40th Engineers during WWII, from 1942 until he was honorably discharged, in 1945. He was later united in marriage to Lillian Sudbrink, on October 23, 1948, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, in Grafton. Their marriage was later blessed with three children.

Edwin was a dedicated employee of Grob Inc., in Grafton for over 45 years, working as a foreman. Upon his retirement from Grob, Edwin began attending craft shows with his wife, selling various woodworking projects which he had built throughout the years.

Edwin was a past member of the Newburg Fire Department, as well as a lifelong member at St. John Lutheran Church, in Newburg. He enjoyed traveling and especially enjoyed his yearly excursions with the 40th Engineers. He and his wife spent many days at their summer cottage near Merrill, where Edwin got a chance to catch up on fishing, but his true love was spending time with his grandchildren.

Edwin is survived by his daughter, NolaRae (Dave) Asmus, grandchildren: Samantha (Jesse) Boylen, Jeremy Krueger, Justin Krueger, Angela Shepard, Linda Mahlke, Angela (Dave) Niemi, and David Asmus Jr.; great-grandchildren: Taylor and Dominic Boylen, Ashlynn and Alexis Thull, and Maeve and Quinn Asmus; and great-great grandchild, LillyAnna Boylen. He is further survived by special niece, Carol King, other relatives and friends. Edwin was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lillian Bretschneider, son, David Bretschneider, daughter, Lorna Leider, and siblings, Edna, Hertha, Clarence, Arnold, Oswald, Martin, and Karl.

A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 2PM at St. John Lutheran Church (623 Congress Dr.), in Newburg, with Rev. Kurt Schaser presiding. He was laid to rest following the funeral service next to his beloved wife, at Washington County Memorial Park. The visitation was held on Tuesday, at the church, from 12 Noon until 2PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John Lutheran Church are appreciated. Please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com to view the Edwin F. Bretschneider video tribute or to send online condolences to the family.

Edwin is a fifth generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann. His genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Traugott, Mary, Ida, Edwin. He is pictured on page 36 and listed on page 91 of the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Tree book.

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Seideman, Roger C. 81 years of West Bend, passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at St. Joseph's Hospital in the town of Polk with his daughter at his side. Roger was born on March 23, 1935, the son of the late Raymond and Clara (Gerner) Seideman. On August 4, 1962, he was united in marriage to Susan Kienast at Peace Lutheran Church in Hartford. Susan preceded Roger in death on December 1, 2005.

Roger was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in West Bend and also a member of Newburg Lion's Club. He enjoyed all the activities at the Samaritan Home including, bingo, crafts, the music Annie provided on Monday nights, and the family night car show. Roger loved being at the farm, mowing the lawn and attending the Seidemann Family Reunions. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

He is survived by his daughter, Janet (Les) Vanderplasse of Oconomowoc; two grandchildren, Kaitlyn Clara Klein, and Madeline Ruth Klein; three brothers, Charles (Virginia) Seideman of Austin, TX, Gerald Seideman of St. Germain and Wayne (Rosemary) Seideman of West Bend; two sisters, Marion Race of West Bend and Phyllis (Bruce) Naumann of West Bend; a brother-in-law, Roger Kienast of California; five sisters-in-law, Ruth Seideman of Oklahoma City, OK, Maggie Seideman of West Bend, Linda Schaefer of Neosho and Mary (Steve) Wetor of Hartford, Doris Kienast of Hartford; a special friend, Sandra Gonwa of Campbellsport; other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife and parents, Roger was preceded in death by three brothers, Dennis Seideman, Walter Seideman, and Fredrick Seideman; an infant sister, Ruth Seideman; three brothers-in-law, Kenneth Race, Jim Kienast and Kent Kienast and two sisters-in-law, Hertha "Kitty" Seideman and Joyce Seideman.

A funeral service for Roger will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington Street, in West Bend. Rev. David Schoob will officiate and cremation will follow the traditional service with an inurnment held at a later date at Newburg Union Cemetery. Roger's family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service.

The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Roger's arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at the Samaritan, Dr. Griswold and staff, the staff at St. Joseph's Hospital and the family and friends who supported Roger's family through the years and especially at the time of his passing.

Roger is pictured on pages 68, 251, and 253 of the 4th edition of the Seidemann Family Book. Roger was a fifth generation descendent of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann and his geology line is: Friedrich, Traugott, Henry, Raymund, Roger // Friedrich, Johanna, Charles, Clara, Roger. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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Kurtz, Genevieve M. (Kirmse) passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016, at the Kathy Hospice in the town of Polk at the age of 91 years. She was the beloved wife of the late Clarence R. Kurtz and the mother of Roland (Eileen) Kurtz, Carol (Joe) Waters, Kenneth (Gail) Kurtz, Julie Ann (David) Taylor and a very special niece, Dawn (Jim) Goad. She was born on April 12, 1925, to Elmer and Julia Kirmse. She was united in marriage to Clarence R. Kurtz at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newburg on April 15, 1944.

Genevieve, known to everyone as Jenny, was very involved in the 4-H program. She was the leader in the Foods and Nutrition Program. Jenny and Clarence also owned and operated "The Country Collectibles Antique Shop" next to their home. She was a past member of the St. John's Ladies Auxiliary. She had a servant's heart and never asked for anything and always there to help. Jenny loved to yodel and sing at the polka parties and left wonderful memories for everyone who heard her.

Survivors also include her grandchildren, Cheryl (Cory) Castaneda, Kari (Bert) Diver, Josh Kurtz, Jennifer (Mike) Moldenhauer, Joe (Jill) Waters, Chris (Jenn) Waters and Matthew (Patti) Kurtz. She also has 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Brothers, Eugene (Marilyn) Kirmse, Robert (Loretta) Kirmse, Jack (Carol) Kirmse, Mary Lou (Clyde) Gerner and Susie Kirmse; survived by many nieces and nephews and many good friends. She left us all with wonderful memories to cherish.

Genevieve was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; her parents, Elmer and Julia Kirmse; her brothers and sisters, Ethel Herriges, Winnable Race, Blanche Battermann, Myrtle Wilkens, Ray Kirmse, and Orville Kirmse and a grandson-in-law, Joe Davidson.

A funeral service for Genevieve was held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2016, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newburg. Rev. Kurt Schaser officiated and burial followed in the church cemetery. Genevieve's family greeted relatives and friends at the church on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newburg or to the charity of your choice in memory of Genevieve is appreciated.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Kathy Hospice staff, also the staff at the MCU unit at St. Joseph's Hospital and Annie Schneider for keeping her mind busy by enjoying the polka parties so she could yodel and continue her passion of yodeling and singing for the residents with Annie on Monday night polka parties.

Jenny and Clarence are pictured on page 65 of the 4th edition to the Friedrich and Rosine Seidemann Family Tree book and listed on page 123 of that book with her loving family. She will be greatly missed by her family and all those of us who were fortunate effort to have known her.


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