Cornelius C. Strobel

July 17, 1930 - Aug. 24, 2009

Cornelius C. Strobel of Sussex was born to eternal life Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, surrounded by his loving family. Cornelius "Slim" was born in Elmore on July 17, 1930, the second youngest of nine children born to Lawrence and Barbara (nee Muellenbach) Strobel.

Slim was married to MaryAnn (Karst), who preceded him in death. He will be sadly missed by his loving children, Neil (Diane) of Merrill, Rose Marie (Daniel) Tetzlaff of New Richmond, Victoria (Timothy) Erickson of Toledo, Ohio, Nicholas (Diane) Strobel of Sussex, Jeff (Kelli) Stolen of Saukville, Jim Stolen of Cudahy, Karl Stolen of Waukesha and Kirk (Marie) Stolen of San Diego; grandchildren, Brad (Carey) Strobel, Elizabeth (Eric) Erdman, Doug (Megan) Strobel, Jessica (Matt) Linkletter, Natalee Tetzlaff, Nathaniel Ercikson, Nick (Shelly) Boel, Nicholas Strobel, Amanda Strobel, Matthew Gundrum and Missy Gundrum; and great-grandchildren, Emelia Erdman, Caleb Linkletter and Dylan Boel.

Growing up, Slim worked on the family farms where he developed his love for the outdoors. Many of his fondest memories involved hunting with his brother, George. Throughout his life, Slim shared his love with his sons, nephews and grandchildren. Slim worked as an auto mechanic for Schoetter Chevrolet and Martz Chevrolet in Menomonee Falls. It was there that he met Martin "Johnny" Johnson. In 1963, that friendship resulted in the start of Sussex Auto Inc. on Main Street, which is currently operated by Slimís son and grandson. Slim was a perennial sponsor and friend to the softball players that were on the Sussex Auto Teams during the past 30 years.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Schmidt & Bartlet-A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral Home, W250-N6505 Highway 164, Sussex. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Basilica of Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary-St. Therese Chapel Level 2, 1525 Carmel Road, Hubertus. Burial will follow at St. Augustine Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Aurora VNA Hospice are appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt-A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 246-4774 or visit online at