Robert "Bob" J. Stoffel Sr.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church in Cedarburg for Robert "Bob" J. Stoffel Sr. of Cedarburg, who died peacefully at home on Dec. 5, 2005 at the age of 79, after a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will be held today at the Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and also at the church Friday from 9 a.m. until time of service. A private burial will be held at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Milwaukee.

Bob was born June 8, 1926 in Sturgeon Bay, to Arnold and Mamie (nee Moore) Stoffel. He was the eldest of six children. After graduating in 1944 from Sevastopol High School in Sturgeon Bay, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became an electronics technicianís mate. He was honorably discharged in 1946. On June 12, 1948 Bob married Beverly Bscherer in Milwaukee. He attended Marquette University and graduated in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. In 1951, he graduated from Northwestern University where he earned a masterís in business administration.

Bob worked in materials handling for more than 50 years. He was first employed by Rapistan, working in many locations to include Chicago, Ill., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Cleveland, Ohio. Next, he was employed by the Raymond Corporation, located in Greene, N.Y. In 1957, he moved his family to Cedarburg. At that time he became a Raymond dealer and founded the Stoffel Equipment Company in Milwaukee. The company is now run by his son, Bob Jr.

Bob was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Jaycees. He served as an instructor for religious education classes at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church and volunteered his services to Junior Achievement. Actively involved in SCORE, the Business Clinic and Oracle, he used his expertise to help others start and manage their own businesses.

Golf was Bobís favorite recreational activity. He was an active member and officeholder in many senior golf associations. Retirement centered around daily activities such as Mass at Gesu Church in Milwaukee, swimming, breakfast with friends, weekly card games and, of course, golf.

Bob was always the No. 1 supporter at his grandchildrenís sporting, music and dance events.

Bob is survived by his wife Beverly; children Sally of Oak Park, Ill., Cindy (John) Jones of Green Bay; Bob Jr. (Ginny) of Milwaukee; Sheila (Tom Walter) of Sturgeon Bay; Christine (Tony) Fernandez of Atlanta, Ga.; Sharon (Bill Murray) of Fond du Lac; sisters Joyce (Lefty) Arbter of Longview, Texas, Mary Onsager of Sturgeon Bay and Sue (John) Hill of Sturgeon Bay; and sister-in-law Elaine Stoffel of Sturgeon Bay.

He is further survived by 10 grandchildren along with cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Bill and John.

Contributions may be made to the Robert J. Stoffel Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 240082, Milwaukee, WI 53224, established at Sevastopol High School.

The family would like to sincerely thank all the nurses and nursesí aides at Vitas Hospice for their wonderful care and support. As Bob would say, they were "just great."