Church News: Salem Ebenezer RCUS, Manitowoc, WI

Robert P. Schmitz, age 78, of 7923 Scheffler Road, Newton, died Wednesday afternoon, June 26, 2013, at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center, Manitowoc.

He was born on January 2, 1935, in Manitowoc, son of the late Peter & Emma (Steger) Schmitz. Bob graduated from Rapids Elementary School and was a member of the National Guard. On September 3, 1955, he married the former LaVerne Dehne. He was employed at Aluminum Specialty of Manitowoc for 13 years and then with Kohler Corp. of Kohler, WI, for 31 years in the pottery division, retiring in March of 1997.

Survivors include his wife LaVerne Schmitz, Newton; four daughters and sons‑in‑law; Lynne and Stan Musial, rural Manitowoc; Lori and Roger Holschbach, rural Manitowoc; Lois and Dick Refshauge, Waterloo, IA; Louise and Holmes Smotherman, Manitowoc; two sons and daughters‑ in‑law, Larry and Aggie Schmitz, rural Manitowoc; Lee and Terri Schmitz, Newton; 17 grandchildren; five step grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Herbert.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, July 1, 2013, at Salem‑Ebenezer Reformed Church, Newton, WI, Rev. Kyle Sorensen officiating.

Leslie A. Goeke (April 26, 1931—June 14, 2013), peacefully entered his eternal home at the age of 82, to reunite with his wife, Anna. He was born in Newton, Wisconsin, son of the late Edwin and Hilda (Stoltenberg) Goeke.

Following service to his country, by serving in the U.S. Army, he worked at the Manitowoc Engineering Company as a machinist for several years and then concentrated solely on farming. He married Anna Buretta on November 19, 1960 and they were blessed with 50 years together. Anna preceded him in death on August 24, 2011. Leslie was a lifelong member of Salem Ebenezer Reformed Church where he served as an elder for many years, and was a member of the Adult Bible Class. Upon their retirement in 1992, Leslie and Ann moved to Manitowoc. They traveled extensively across the United States and to many countries abroad. Leslie volunteered at Pinecrest Historical Village, logging hundreds of hours of service doing clean-up work and painting, including painting the caboose.

Survivors include his brother, Arnold (Doris) of Manitowoc; his sister, Eleanor (Wilbur) Westphalen, of Plymouth; his nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. Leslie was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ann; his brothers, Roland and Wilbur; and his sisters-in-law, Irene Goeke, Idabell Goeke, and Caroline Goeke.

Funeral services for Leslie were held on Saturday June 22, 2013, at the Salem Ebenezer Reformed Church in Newton, WI, Rev. Kyle Sorensen officiating.

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