James Alan Kohls
James Alan (Jim) Kohls, age 52, of Sheboygan Falls passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018 unexpectedly at his home. The son of Ralph and Jayne (Petersdorf) Jaworski, he was born on April 16, 1965 in Milwaukee, WI.
Jim attended Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School, and later worked through his apprenticeship to receive his journeyman tool and die maker card through Lakeshore Technical College. He worked for various machine and tool and die shops during his life, and was most recently employed as a machinist at Gen Mac Corporation in Sheboygan.
Jim was first married to Toni Foral in 1987. In 1996, he married Laurie (Sprangers) Schwartzer. Jim and Laurie have one daughter, Hailey. In 2013 he was united in marriage to Janell De Smidt (nee Johnson).
Jim loved NASCAR and was a huge Matt Kenseth fan. He also loved his Dewalt tools, Harley Davidson motorcycles, playing on his drums, and going to local ranges to shoot guns with his friends. He was a master at building, renovating, and fixing almost anything that crossed his path. His talents allowed him to completely renovate his first home in Sheboygan, and he was a key member of a Habitat for Humanity build team in Sheboygan.
Survivors include his loving daughter, Hailey Kohls of Wisconsin Dells; Wife: Janell Kohls of Sheboygan Falls; three sisters: Christine (Tim) Gosse of Hawaii, Lisa Townsend of Appleton, and Lynn (Kevin) Keller of Plymouth; three brothers: Joseph (Joann) Kohls of Green Bay, James (Aditya) Jaworksi of Oshkosh, and Tim Kohls of Madison; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. His beloved dog, Lacey, will miss him very much.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother Pauly; his brother-in-law Michael Townsend; and special Uncle Tony Petersdorf.
Friends and family may call at Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth for a celebration of Jim’s life on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, from 4:00 pm until the memorial service at 6:00 pm. There will be a time to share stories and memories.
Cremation will take place following the services.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Jim’s name.
The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit suchonfh.com.
Donna J. Vater
Donna J. Vater, 81, of the town of Greenbush passed away unexpectedly at her home on Friday morning, March 30, 2018.
Donna was born on September 15, 1936 in St. Cloud, WI, a daughter of the late Frank and Romilda (Dreifuerst) Leon. She attended Greenbush Grade School and graduated from Glenbeulah High School in 1955. On September 17, 1960 she was united in marriage to Frederic “Fritz” Vater at St. Fridolin Catholic Church in Glenbeulah. Donna was employed at Lawn Boy, the Americ Inn and then retired from M.A.S. Industries. She was an avid card player and took great pride in her gardens, growing the plants from seed.
Donna was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Elkhart Lake.
Donna is survived by her husband, Fritz; three sons, Michael (Pat) Vater of Greenbush, Allen (Mellissa) Vater of Alpharetta, Georgia and Gerald (Tami) Vater of Plymouth; seven grandchildren, Katie Vater and Daniel Vater, both of Milwaukee, David Vater of Savanah, GA, Kimberly Vater and Jonathon Vater, both of Alpharetta, GA, Jaclyn Vater of Boston, MA and Tyler Vater (special friend, Ashley Curtis) of Waldo and a great grandson, Rhett Vater. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Connie Leon and brothers-in-law, Robert Vater and Raymond Vater.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Donna will be celebrated at 1 PM, Tuesday, April 3 at St. Fridolin Catholic Church in Glenbeulah with Rev. Philip Reifenberg as celebrant. Burial will be in the Greenbush Cemetery. Family and friends may gather at the church, 210 Dillingham St., Glenbeulah on Tuesday from 11 AM until the time of Mass at 1 PM.
Memorials in Donna’s name may be directed to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Elkhart Lake.
Online condolences may be expressed at wittkoppfcs.com.
Wittkopp Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family.
Gail Grotenhuis, 88, of Cedar Grove, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018, at Cedar Grove Gardens where she was a resident for only 4 days.
Gail was born on August 11, 1929, in Kiel to Jerome and Emma (Meyer) Bunge. She was a 1947 graduate of Random Lake High School. On August 28, 1948, Gail married Roger Grotenhuis in Silver Creek. He preceded her in death on April 30, 1996. Gail was a dedicated mom and stayed home to raise their son.
Gail is survived by her son, Jerry (Laura) Grotenhuis; three grandchildren, Jeff (Amy) Grotenhuis, Jenny (Adam) Longlais, and Jon (Jamie) Grotenhuis; eight great-grandchildren, Cael, Logan, Reed, Lauren, Jake, Piper Gail, Roger, and Greta; sister, Gloria (Bob) Hanson; and sister-in-law, LaVon Gartzke. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Gail was preceded in death by her husband, Roger, her parents; sister, Geraldine (Adrian) VanDixhorn; parents-in-law, Wilmer and Ruth Holle; two brothers-in-law, Vic Gartzke, and Eugene (Lois) Grotenhuis; and one nephew, Paul Hanson.
A memorial service to celebrate Gail’s life will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 2pm at the Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg.
Relatives and friends may greet the family at the Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 1 pm until the time of service at 2 pm.
A memorial fund is being established in her name.
Although she would feel we “dasn’t” say this, she was an incredible mother, extremely doting grandmother and wonderful great-grandmother and she gave us enough love to carry us through and then some.
For online condolences and additional information please visit wenigfh.com.
The Wenig Funeral Home of Oostburg (920-564-2771) is serving the Grotenhuis family with arrangements.
Robert D. Lidholm
Robert D. Lidholm, 82, of Racine County, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 29, 2018 while he was at Meadow View Manor in Sheboygan.
Robert was born in Milwaukee on March 21, 1936 to the late Lyle and Cleliah (Beard) Lidholm. Robert was previously married to Adele Schuppner from 1962 to 1989. He attended schools in Waterford and Racine as well as the Western Military Academy for 3 years in Alton, IL. While Robert worked at American Motors in Kenosha, he achieved a degree in Accounting from Gateway Technical Institute in Racine, later finishing an education at Concordia University. He then became an accountant for 20+ years at High Ridge Healthcare Center in Racine and finally worked for the Racine County Highway Service, from which he retired. Robert was proud of his service in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Bad Hersfeld, Germany at the same time Elvis was there. A story he recalled was when he and his comrades tried to scale the wall separating them from where Elvis was. Robert had a love of cars, especially collectible cars. A great accomplishment of Robert’s was rebuilding, piece by piece, by hand, a 1934 Cadillac Coupe. He also enjoyed polka dancing. He also had a passion for speculating in real estate.
Robert is survived by his daughter, Kristie (Bob) Ahlborg and their children, Kali, Adrienne, and Gavin of Kohler, WI; son, Norman (Dana) Lidholm and their children, Michael, Jessica, and Taylor of Burlington, WI; son, Eric Lidholm of Wind Lake, WI; and daughter, Heidi Held (Gary) of Ontonagon, MI; siblings, Darlene (Allen) Fuerstenau of Caledonia, WI; and Lyle Lidholm, Jr. of Watertown, WI as well as many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Sheboygan Evangelical Free Church. Condolences may be expressed online at reinboldfh.com.
The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the staff at Meadow View Manor, who became his family, as well as the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice staff.