George Herman Tetzlaff
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 28) at St. John Lutheran Church (at the corner of Lakefield and Highway W in Grafton) for George Herman Tetzlaff, who died at the Lasata Care Center in Cedarburg on Friday, Jan. 20, 2006 at the age of 82, due to complications of Parkinsonís disease. Visitation will be held at the church, from noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday, prior to the funeral service.
George was born in Grafton on Jan. 20, 1924 and farmed on the homestead where he was born. He attended Lakefield Grade School and was confirmed in the German language at St. John Lutheran Church. He graduated from Grafton High School and earned a three-year short course degree in agriculture from the University of Wisconsin. On Nov. 1, 1947 he married Evelyn Klemp of Fredonia.
Besides farming with his dad, George attended night classes in the machining trade and then worked at various machinist jobs. His last 15 years in the trade were at EST Company of Grafton and then he retired.
George was diagnosed with Parkinsonís disease in 1987. In 1997 he suffered a heart attack and congestive heart failure.
Among his hobbies, George enjoyed square dancing with the Square Benderís square dance club and researching his familyís genealogy. He also enjoyed taking trips with his wife and was able to go to Germany to meet and visit with relatives. He also traveled to China, Alaska, the Caribbean and the Panama Canal. George served on St. Johnís church council for seven years and was active on the Lutheran Brotherhood dart board league and church fellowship.
George is survived by his wife Evelyn (nee Klemp) Tetzlaff; mother-in-law Leona Klemp; sister Grace Klehr and her sons Norbert Jr. and Paul; sons Steven (Diana) and Randy (Karen) Tetzlaff; daughter Jayne (James) Wick; son-in law Michael DeFendi; special friend Atul Patel; grandchildren Michele DeFendi, Matthew (Heather) DeFendi, Jason and Jeffrey (Marianna) Tetzlaff, Sarah (Bradley) Mitchell, Daniel Tetzlaff, Angela, Ryan and Jeremy Wick, Jason, Laura, Melissa and Benjamin Nemetz; great-grandchildren Cody, Kyla and Owen; brothers-in-law Norbert (Christine) Klemp and Marvin (Marci) Klemp. He is further survived by many other relatives and friends.
George was preceded in death by his father William C. Tetzlaff; mother Anna Bittner Tetzlaff; daughter Marjorie DeFendi; father-in-law Oscar Klemp; brothers-in-law Donald (Delores) Klemp and Norbert Klehr; niece Nikki (Klehr) Ruplinger; and nephews-in-law Scott Klemp and Duane Klemp.
A special thank you to the caring staff of the Lasata Care Center in Cedarburg. Memorials to the Tetzlaff family will be appreciated.