Brenda Roehre, age 56 of Plymouth, Wisconsin passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 30, 2018.
She was born on July 31, 1961 in Belmond, Iowa, daughter of the late Tom and JoAnn Roehre.
She attended Plymouth Public Grade School and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1979, where she lettered in tennis. Following graduation, Brenda pursued a degree in Interior Design at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Brenda’s passion for Interior Design shaped her professional career. She worked at Pranges/Yonkers in the draperies and furniture departments, Nemschoff in sales and Dulmes Décor in the draperies department.
Brenda could always be found gardening, playing a friendly game of Scrabble with family, or sharing her mother’s passion for music by playing the piano and never missing a Plymouth Band concert. Her love of classic movies, music and her sharp memory made her unbeatable at Jeopardy and charades. Ever the hostess, Brenda’s exquisite cooking and ability to entertain made all who visited feel at home.
Brenda was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Plymouth, were she explored her faith through theology class. She exemplified a Christian woman with love and compassion to all.
Survivors include her sister: Sara (Hubert) Van de Pas, of Kiel and two nieces: Marike Van de Pas of Plymouth and Lucienne (Michael) Fels of Sturgeon Bay. Aunts and Uncles: Kathleen (Richard) Burich of Sheboygan, Nancy Roehre of Plymouth, Don Birkholz of Elkhart Lake, Leslie (Sue) Steenblock of Mason City, Iowa, Leonard (Lu Ann) Steenblock of Belmond, Iowa and Cathy Ibeling of Parkersburg, Iowa. She is also survived by numerous cousins.
Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Tom and JoAnn Roehre and her grandparents.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday evening (April 9, 2018) at 5:00 P.M. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. Father Philip Reifenberg, Pastor of the Church will officiate. Cremation has taken place and inurnment will be in the Parish Cemetery next to her loving parents.
Visitation will be held at the CHURCH on Monday (April 9) from 3:30 P.M. until the time of services.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Brenda’s name.
The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit suchonfh.com.
James Fredrick Oppermann
James Fredrick Oppermann, 92, passed away on April 3, 2018. He was born at home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 11, 1925 to Fredrick and Dorothy (Felsing) Oppermann.
Jim attended Milwaukee schools, graduating from Washington High School in 1943. Jim proudly served his country in the US Army Air Corps from 1943 through the end of World War II as a navigator. Jim was married to Betty Jane Funk, his junior high school sweetheart, on July 31, 1945 until her death on October 24, 1978.
After the war, he took advantage of the GI Bill, and was the first college graduate in his family – graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1950. He had a long and successful career in the Finance Department of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company serving as Assistant Comptroller and Tax Manager among other positions until his retirement in 1987.
On August 29, 1982, Jim and Charlotte Williams were married. They spent most of their time together in Sun City West, Arizona where Jim became an avid golfer. In 2015, he moved back to Wisconsin to be cared for by his children.
Jim was an active member of Mount Carmel Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, Arizona. Most recently, he belonged to First United Lutheran Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Jim was the husband who took his wife dancing on Saturday nights and took his family up North each summer for a week at the lake. He was the dad who organized Cub Scout softball, rebounded countless free throws, checked over math homework every night, and enjoyed trips to various museums. He was the grandpa who gave rides in his golf cart and fed swans on the lake. He was the son, nephew, and uncle who loved playing sheepshead at family get-togethers. He was an enthusiastic Wisconsin sports fan – following the Packers, Brewers, Bucks, and Badgers. And he always had time for a dish of chocolate ice cream. Jim was well-loved and will be greatly missed.
Jim is survived by his children: Susan (David) Kuck, Sheboygan, WI; and Jim (Mary Sue) Oppermann, Brookfield, WI; four grandchildren: Kevin (Keely) Oppermann, Oregon, WI; Peter (Arin) Oppermann, Madison, WI; Kayla (Matt) Droese, Fitchburg, WI; and Elizabeth Kuck (Joshua Lensmire), Kirkland, WA; and four great-grandchildren: Lillian, Sydney, Liam, and Odin. He is also survived by other relatives and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife Betty Jane, parents, sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Edgar Diehl, and a nephew.
Our family would like to thank the staff at Terrace Place, where Jim lived since 2015. We appreciate the care, kindness, and respect given to Jim during the last years of his life.
Jim’s life will be celebrated at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church, 8424 W. Center St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday, April 12. Jim’s family will greet friends from 10:30-11:30 am with a Memorial Service beginning at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Carmel Lutheran Church, First United Lutheran Church, or Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.