Charles ‘Charlie’ Hemauer
God got a good one for heaven. Charlie Hemauer died on Sept. 11, 2015, from complications after suffering a stroke at the age of 85. He lived an ordinary life in an extraordinary way. He was born on the farm in Stockbridge on June 3, 1930, in a family of four brothers and two sisters.
At the age of 18, he enlisted in the Army and fought for his country in the Korean War. He came back and married his high school girlfriend, Joan Holzer.
They moved to Milwaukee and eventually settled in Waukesha and had a family of seven children.
He put himself through night school at Marquette University while raising his family, working hard, and got a degree in electrical engineering. He could solve any problem and fix everything. He worked at Johnson Controls and then at Feedall until he finally retired at the age of 70.
Charlie was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waukesha for 63 years. He was a great volunteer and did many acts of charity over the years. He was especially fond of his Meals on Wheels. If you were down on your luck, you could count on Charlie to lend you a buck.
Charlie loved his sports. He was a huge Packers, Brewers and Badgers fan. He was always watching something. He wore his Packers clothes everywhere and even wore a Packers tie to his grandson’s wedding. We rolled our eyes but always let him be himself.
Charlie had a wicked sense of humor. He especially loved to scare his kids and grandkids and the stories are hilarious.
Charlie bought the one-room schoolhouse in Stockbridge where his mother had gone to school and proceeded to turn it into his paradise on earth. He loved for the family to come up and he put in a tennis court and a pool so we could all just kick back and relax.
Our memories at the schoolhouse are numerous and the grandkids especially loved the giant bonfires he made.
He lived every day to the fullest. After a hard day’s work at the schoolhouse he loved to sit on the deck by the pool with a Miller High Life in his hand and declare, “It doesn’t get any better than this!”
Charlie leaves here on earth his wife, Joan; his seven children; eight grandchildren; sons-in-law, daughters--law and four great-grandchildren and a large family of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. We have no regrets. We loved Charlie, and he loved us back.
We are especially grateful to Horizon Hospice Care. Dad’s journey to heaven could not have been made without them. Their kind and compassionate care to us and to Dad was exceptional.
Per Charlie’s wishes, there will be no funeral.
Charlie will be cremated and a military honor service will be done privately. As all who knew him would say, Charlie liked to be the life of the party. We would like to extend an open invite to family and friends on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Golden Gate Restaurant, 1427 E. Racine Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186, to gather in Charlie’s honor and raise a glass and tell a story.