Werner Franz Rediess

Aug. 11, 1927 - May 3, 2009

Werner Franz Rediess died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at age 81. He was born in Iserlohn Westphalia, Germany, on Aug. 11, 1927.

He graduated from Iserlohn Business College in 1944. After the end of the war, he applied for an immigration visa and with the help of relatives and friends, he immigrated Dec. 31, 1951, by ship from Antwerp, Belgium. In June 1952, he joined the U.S. Air Force and became an American citizen in Frankfort, Germany, in May 1954. He was very proud of being an American and served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia (nee Hammer).

He is survived by his daughters, Margaret (Anthony) La Penna and Roberta (Steve) Hollenbeck, and grandsons, Andrew and Alexander Hollenbeck.

A celebration of Franzs life will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the Summit Woods Family Room, 2501 Summit Ave., Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Zablocki VA Foundation would be appreciated.