Burton E. "Burt" Jaeger

Burton E. "Burt" Jaeger, 81, of West Bend entered into eternal peace on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Samaritan Health Center in West Bend.

Burt was born on Feb. 6, 1925 to Harry and Elva (nee Schlenter) Jaeger in Cascade. He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1943.

Burt married the love of his life, Pauline Zweifel, on Dec. 28, 1950 in Belleville.

While continuing his education, he served his country with the United States Navy on two separate tours of duty, the second being on Midway Island in 1951. After serving, he returned to the University of Wisconsin-Stout, graduating in 1953.

His career in teaching began in Pembine and then continued in Frost, Minn. Burt took time out from teaching for several years selling stocks and bonds with Investors Diversified Services in Minnesota, and Marshall Co. in Milwaukee, when they moved back in 1957.

Burt decided to go back to teaching and taught in the West Bend School District for 26 years. During his career he taught industrial arts, mathematics and driversí education. He retired from teaching on June 2, 1988 at Silverbrook Middle School.

In addition to teaching, he started his own business selling above-ground swimming pools with his wife, and was engaged in that business for 18 years.

Burt was a member of the Moose Lodge of West Bend Post 1398 and the Webeng Investment Club. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, gardening, dancing and playing cards. He was an avid sports fan, following the Packers, Badgers, Brewers and Bucks.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline, of 55 years; his daughters, Jori (Steve) Schmeling of West Bend, and Tami Elward of West Bend; three granddaughters, Amanda Schmeling, Alyssa Schmeling and Elsa Elward; a brother, Gerald Jaeger of Sheboy-gan; a sister, Bonnie (Bernie) Klunke of Winnabow, N.C.; siblings-in-law, Wilbert C. Zweifel of Evansville, Marvin Zweifel of Belleville, Frederick and Alice Zweifel of Sun Prair-ie, Kenneth and Mary Stampfli of Bancroft, Werner Kuenzi of Madison, Ruth Zweifel of Belleville and Henry Zweifel of Belleville. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Burt was preceded in death by his daughter, Jana Marie; his parents, his sister, Joan Hann; his sister and brother-in-law, Janet and David Hesprich; his brother, John Jaeger; his parents-in-law, Walter and Magda-lena Zweifel; three sisters-in-law, Glen Doris Jaeger, Velma Zweifel, and Helen Kuenzi; and a nephew, Bruce Hesprich.

Visitation with family and friends will be held on Monday , Oct. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home, 1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, 53095, with funeral services immediately following at the funeral home with Rev. Eric Kirkegaard and Rev. Bill Wiederanders officiating.

Burial with full military honors will be on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 10:30 a.m. in Washington County Memorial Park.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, 338-2050.


The Jaeger family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Smale, Dr. Bodensteiner, Dr. Lacey, Brenda Epping, R.N., Dr. Olafsson, Dr. Hack, Dr. Sullivan, the first floor nursing staff at the Samari-tan Health Center and Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care they all extended to Burt.

Also, a special thank you and appreciation to Peace United Church of Christ for all the prayers and kindness extended to our family.