Wilfred J. ‘Zeke’ Zeirke
May 14, 1922 – April 28, 2014
Wilfred J. “Zeke” Zeirke, longtime Hartland resident, passed away peacefully on Monday April 28, 2014, at the age of 91. He was born on May 14, 1922, in Wilton, to parents Wilfred D. and Blanche Zeirke. In 1923, he moved to Hartland, where his father owned and operated a hardware store. He graduated from Hartland High School in 1940 and served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942-1946. On April 8, 1950, he married Norma Grace Sedlacek in Waukesha.
In 1947, Zeke began his apprenticeship training for carpenter becoming a journeyman carpenter in 1951 working for various contractors until 1970, when he began working for Master Lock Co., retiring in 1982. He served as an elected village trustee from 1955-1982 and was village president from 1983-1985. He received the Hartland Man of the Year Award in 1980. In addition, he was a member of the Delafield-Hartland Water Pollution Control Commission from 1975-1983. He was a lifetime member of the First Congregational Church of Hartland, where he was active on many boards and committees along with singing in the choir. He was a 35-year member of the Oconomowoc Legion Band as well as member of the Hartland Community Band, Hartland Flanagan-Dorn Post 294, Hartland Historical Society, Scottish Rite Bodies, Milwaukee (32 degree Mason) and 65year member of the Oconomowoc-Hartland Masonic Lodge #42.
In addition to his wife of 64 years, Norma, he will be sadly missed by his children Karl (Debbie) Zeirke of Nashotah, James (Julie) Zeirke of Sussex and Susan (Bruce) Kufahl of Fort Atkinson; grandchildren Sarah (Ben) Hein, John (Jessica), Tim (Tiffany), Kyle, Michelle and Shannon; and his great-grandsons Ethan, Zachary and Andrew.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 3, at First Congregational Church, 111 Church St., Hartland, from 11:00 a.m. until Masonic services at 12:45 p.m. and traditional church service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Hartland Village Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be given to the church or the Hartland Community Band.
Evert-Luko Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 367-2156 or visit online at www.evertlukofuneralhome.com.