Melvin R. Aul

Oct. 25, 1916 - March 5, 2008

Melvin R. Aul, 91, formerly of Appleton, went home to be with the Lord for eternity Wednesday March 5, 2008, from River Hills West Healthcare Center in Pewaukee. Mel was born Oct. 25, 1916, in the town of Buchanan to the late Emil and Frieda (Doering) Aul.

He resided in and loved Appleton for 86 years. He graduated from Appleton High School in 1934. Following graduation, he joined the CCC’s in Star Lake. On Jan. 18, 1939, Mel was united in marriage to Rosemary A. Reiter. The couple enjoyed 48 years together until her death in 1987.

Mel was in business for himself from 1951 to 1987 starting as a cabinet maker for new home construction in the Appleton area. The business evolved into Mel Aul Custom Fixtures and Interiors, a strictly commercial enterprise designing and building supper clubs, restaurants and bars primarily in Wisconsin but also in Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida.

He was an avid sports fan his entire life. Mel was a low-handicap golfer and a member of Ridgeway Country Club. He placed second in the Cherryland Open in Door County in the late 1950s, and he and his wife Rosie won the couples championship at Ridgeway Country Club in the early 1970s. He was a huge fan and held season tickets for many years to the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Bucks games.

Mel took great pride in his children and was dedicated to their success and well-being.

He is survived by his daughter, Jackie (Don) Brown of Waukesha; two sons, Thomas (Pat) Aul of Delafield and William (Nancy) Aul of San Diego; grandchildren, Beth (Eric) Vosburg of Middleton, Jill (Paul) Galazka of Oshkosh, Justin Winslow of Delafield, Charlie (Dava) Aul of Atlanta, Maggie (Ben) Stahl of Dousman, Christopher Aul of Malibu, Calif., and Katie and Sally Aul of San Diego; nine great-grandchildren, Gavin, Jackie, Jane, Emily, Katherine, Jonathon, Abby, CJ and Kai; his sister, Ellyn Bruch of Appleton; and a sister-in-law Joan Reiter of Oshkosh.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rosemary; and two sisters, Vera (Radke) Bauernfiend and Erna Peak.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. Mass of Resurrection on Monday, March 10, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 1617 W. Pine St., Appleton, with the Rev. Dennis Ryan officiating. Interment will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund to St. Bernard Catholic Church has been established in Mel’s name.

Brettschneider-Trettin-Lederer Funeral Home of Appleton is serving the family. For moer information, call (920) 733-7383 or visit online at