Armin von der Linden

Aug. 11, 1924 - Oct. 3, 2011

Armin von der Linden of New Berlin passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, surrounded by his children, at the age of 87. Armin was born to the Rev. John and Ella (nee Draeger) von der Linden on Aug. 11, 1924, in Abelman.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was part of the Rhine crossing during World War II. Armin belonged to the VFW Post 5716 and took the Honor Flight in 2010. He owned successful businesses, including Toy Castle in Deerfield, Ill., the Fireside Inn in Algoma, and Vonís Furniture in Deerfield, Algoma and Nashotah.

Armin enjoyed his time on the golf course, but he was especially proud of his family. He loved the Lord and was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in New Berlin (former member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartland).

Armin will be deeply missed by his children, Carol (Neal) Elliott of New Berlin, Sherry (Brent) Pitsch of Avondale, Ariz., and Al (Julie) von der Linden of Shawnee, Kan.; his eight grandchildren; his seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Irma Wenzel; and many other family and friends.

Armin was preceded in death by his wife, Laura, of 61 years; five brothers; one sister; and one great-grandson, Colten Pitsch.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, with full military honors immediately following the service. The Rev. Kenneth C. Rankin will be officiating. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at the Southern Wisconsin Veteranís Cemetery in Union Grove.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in memory of Armin to Peace Lutheran Church, 17651 W. Small Road, New Berlin, WI 53146; or to Honor Flight Inc., Attn: Diane Gresse, 300 E. Auburn Ave., Springfield, OH 45505 or

Armin was blessed by God with a full life and he touched many lives with his kindness. His sense of humor, the sparkle in his eye and his infectious smile will be fondly remembered. Arminís legacy will live on through all who knew him.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit, or call 542-6609.