April 13, 1915 - Sept.
John “Jack” Joseph
Rebholz, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother,
brother-in-law and uncle, 93, of Brookfield, entered eternal life and
departed this earthly life and was welcomed into heaven with open arms by
his Lord and his wife, Audrey D. Wilson, who became a member of the
heavenly choir of angels on Oct. 18, 2005.
Jack met Audrey and
fell in love with the love of his life when they were both employed by the
Van Raults Potato Corp. They were married on Aug. 31, 1940, at St.
Mary’s Church in Pewaukee and enjoyed more than 65 years together.
Jack was the son of
the late Charles T. and Edith C. (nee Heintz) Rebholz, stepson of Gertrude
E. [(nee Runte) (O’Boyle)] Rebholz and stepbrother of Carlyle, Charles
and Robert O’Boyle. Growing up in Wauwatosa, he celebrated his 13th
birthday on Friday the 13th. He graduated from Wauwatosa High School in
Jack was a World War
II veteran and served in the U.S. Army in the Field Artillery Corps and
was assigned to the Quarter Master Corps in the Pacific Theater in the
333rd Quartermaster Salvage Repair Company. He attained the rank of Tech 5
before being discharged in August 1946, after which he returned to his
family and Wisconsin.
On Dec. 18, 1981, he
retired from the Delta Oil Corp. in Milwaukee, where he spent 40 years as
an employee. His latest employment was with Clean Power. He was a
long-term member of the Teamsters Local Union No. 200.
Along the side of his
wife, Jack volunteered his time in support of the American Red Cross, the
Salvation Army and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Jack’s family was
the center of his life and even though he may have been known by the
nickname “crabby Uncle Jack” by his nieces and nephews, Jack was a
loving and devoted husband, father, uncle, friend and co-worker. He was
always smiling and joking, through good times and bad, with one of his
favorite sayings being “Stay happy.”
Jack was preceded in
death by his wife, Audrey; daughter-in-law, Barbara Ann (Hill);
sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bernice and Norman Schuldt; niece, Penny
(Schuldt) Wallace; nephew, Mark Schuldt; and stepbrother, Carlyle
He is survived by his
loving five children and their families: sons Terry (Jean), Ken, Richard,
Scott (Janet), all of Wisconsin, and daughter Marianne (Roger) of
Pennsylvania; stepbrothers, Charles and Robert O’Boyle; 15
grandchildren, Alan, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Beth (Tom) of New Jersey,
Kittrick (Jennifer) of Pennsylvania, Maria (Mike) of New Jersey, Melissa
(Glen) of California, Michael, Michelle (Matt) of Minnesota, Robert, Sandy
of Florida, Scott (Johnni Lynn) of Florida, Sean and Tammy (Glen) of
Pennsylvania; 16 great-grandchildren, Alexander, Austin, Brett, Carissa,
Christopher, Grace-Ann, Jaedyn-Isaish, Jenna Ray, Julia, Keith, Kittrick,
Lily, Michael, Nicholas, Olivia and Thomas; along with two
great-great-grandchildren who are due soon. In addition, he is survived by
niece Nicole Schuldt and grandnephew Jason Wallace.
Jack made the world a
great place to live. He was dearly loved and will be missed by his family,
friends and the many others whose lives he touched. We will all miss your
love, hugs and humor.
A celebration of
Jack’s life will be held at Hartson Funeral Home, 11111 Janesville Road,
Hales Corners, on Sunday, Sept. 28 from noon to 3 p.m. The service will be
at 3 p.m. Also, visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday,
Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 11 am. An interment will follow at Valhalla
In lieu of flowers,
memorials to the family which will be given to a charity of their choice
Hartson Funeral Home,
(414) 425-9797, is serving the family.
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