Charles Weinkauf passed peacefully on Dec. 19, 2017, at 95 years of age. He is survived by Mary (nee Anich), his loving wife of 67 years, who was also his tireless caregiver; daughter, Wendy (Guy) Kadau; son, Kevin (Patricia); and Patrick and Garrit Welch. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Walter William (Mary Lou), and a sister, Jean (Jack) Deist.
Lifelong Mukwonago resident and former village trustee and forester. Charlie was one of the founders of Mukwonago Maxwell Street Days. He was instrumental in obtaining the carved wooden bear that stands near the Red Brick Museum. He was a World War II Army infantry veteran, who served in Europe as a corporal (heavy mortar gunner) with the 30th Division “Old Hickory”; worked at Waukesha Motors and retired from Spancrete in 1984. He was a lifetime member, past commander, historian, and member of the rifle firing squad of American Legion Post 375. Lifetime member, past commander, and historian of VFW Post 7221. In 1998, Charlie constructed the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the VFW Post.
He was a faithful parishioner of St. James Catholic Church, as well as a husband, dad, hunter, fisherman, uncle, neighbor, and friend.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home in Mukwonago from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Post 375 will do a walkthrough at 6:00 p.m. to honor Charlie. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 27th at 10:00 AM at St. James Catholic Church (830 E. Veterans Way, Mukwonago) procession will follow to St. Peter’s Church Cemetery in East Troy for burial and military honors. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made in Charles’ name to the charity of your choice.
& Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services, 930 Main St. (Highway ES),
Mukwonago, is serving the family. For more information, call
262-363-7126 or visit www.schmidtandbartelt.com.