Carl T. Syburg

Nov. 17, 1927 Jan. 6, 2015

Carl T. Syburg of Genesee Depot passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on January 6, 2015 at the age of 87. Carl was born on November 17, 1927, in Milwaukee. He graduated from Ripon College in 1950. Carl is lovingly survived by his wife, Janet (nee Lowry); his children Charles (Kristen), John (Julia), James (Mary), Susan Mayer (Steve) and Tom; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

After a long and successful career at Rex Chainbelt (Rexnord) and moving to Genesee Depot, he immersed himself in the art of blacksmithing. His passion for wrought iron work took him to many parts of the country learning, sharing and making new friends in his retirement. He and Janet also spent countless hours volunteering at Ten Chimneys, helping in the restoration of this historic property.

Carl was preceded in death by his brother Fred, granddaughter Stacey, and daughter-in-law Karen. For those of us mourning the loss of Carl, our ears still ring with his beautiful voice singing “Hoch Soll Sie Leben,“ “the Our Father or Silent Night (Stille Nacht)”.

A celebration of Carl’s life will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday, January 17, at First Congregational Church of Mukwonago, 231 Roberts Drive, Mukwonago, WI 53149.

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial gift to the Ten Chimneys Foundation, P.O. Box 225, Genesee Depot, WI 53127; or Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association, Attn: P. Sperbeck, 313 Hillview Circle, Waukesha, WI 53188.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-567-4457 or visit