Martin E. Heidtke
Funeral services were held on June 29 at First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg for Martin E. Heidtke, who entered into eternal life on Monday, June 26, 2006 at the age of 83. The Rev. Randolph H. Raasch officiated the funeral service. Visitation was held on Thursday, prior to the service, and a private interment took place at Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg. Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg served the family.
Martin was born on April 8, 1923 in Chippewa Falls to the late Edward and Ida Heidtke. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Eagleton. He later married the love of his life, Junice J. Haeuser, on Nov. 10, 1949 in Nashua, lowa, at the Little Brown Church in the Vale.
Martin spent his working life behind the wheel and was a proud member of the Teamsters Local 200. Whether it was toting workers from the naval shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., or behind the wheel of a Grafton-Milwaukee transportation truck, Martin was passionate about driving and travel. After his retirement, you could often find Martin and his wife Junice taking day trips throughout the Midwest, much to the delight of the often unsuspecting relatives and friends whom they would often visit.
Driving wasnít Martinís only passion. He enjoyed participating in fund-raising events for the First Immanuel Menís Club and Cedarburg Fire Department, of which he was an honorary member. More often than not, you could find Martin behind the grill turning brats with a big smile on his face. He was known far and wide for his custom-made chicken barbecue pit, regularly used at First Immanuel, the American Legion and the Lions Club chicken fries.
Throughout the Ď60s, Martin was a member of the First Immanuel Building Committee and took part in the construction of the schoolís gymnasium. He also spent two three-year terms on the school board.
Martinís greatest joy didnít come from the chicken fries or day trips; it came from his love for his wife Junice, and his five children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Martin was the beloved husband of Junice J. (nee Haueser) Heidtke; loving father of Donna (James) Schoenfeldt of Randolph, William (Debbie) Heidtke of Cedarburg, Nancy (Mike) Switzer of Cedarburg, Patricia (William) Grace of Owasso, Okla., and Robert (fianceeę Jody Bandlow) Heidtke of Cedarburg; dear brother of Leona Lumpe, Florence (Milton) Krause, Clarice (Herb) Holz and Murray (Ruth) Heidtke; and brother-in-law of Elmer Henrich and Willard (Tess) Haeuser. He is further survived by grandchildren Ryan Schoenfeldt and Debra (Schoenfeldt) Pentek, Andy, Samantha and Patrick Heidtke, Lee Heidtke and Danielle (Switzer) Halpin, Amanda and Benjamin Grace and Charles Heidtke; and great-grandchildren Caitlyn and Zachary Pentek.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the First Immanuel Menís Club or the Cedarburg Fire Department are appreciated. For online condolences, please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com.
Funeral services for David L. Kasten of Cedarburg will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg. David passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at the age of 65. The Rev. Wilmer Reichmann will officiate the funeral service. Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Interment will take place at 9 a.m. on July 6, at Zur Ruhe Cemetery in Cedarburg. Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family.