Howard A. Kirmsse

Howard A. Kirmsse of Moorestown, N.J., "Pop-Pop" to his family and "Chuck" to his friends, passed away at the age of 85 on Feb. 4, 2007 at home, surrounded by his loving family. We held his hands as he left us, and wished him light and love on his journey.

Howard was born on June 3, 1921 in Cedarburg and despite having traveled and lived all over the world, asked to be laid to rest in Cedarburg. When you pass the bubbler in downtown Cedarburg, please "Have a drink on Howard" and, remember our Dad.

Howard was in the automotive business all of his life and owned and operated Cherry Hill Rent-A-Wreck with his beloved son, Lans. He loved to write short stories, was an eloquent speaker, raconteur and, well, he could tell a darn good yarn. Most of all Howard was a great dad and loving grandfather. We were blessed to be his children.

As he had asked, Howard’s children and grandchildren will travel to Cedarburg to lay him to rest. A memorial service will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg at 11 a.m. on July 3. The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday, prior to the memorial service, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A graveside service will take place at Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg immediately following the memorial service, and a celebration of Howard’s life will be held at the Cedarburg Cultural Center at (12:00) noon. Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family.

Howard is survived by his loving former wife Donia Kirmsse of Pasadena, Calif.; his beloved children Devereaux Nanassy of Moorestown, Leigh Kirmsse and partner Melissa of Clayton, Calif., Robbyn Kirmsse and husband Jamie Fiffles (and son Adam) of Glendale, Calif., Lansing Kirmsse and wife Christine of Moorestown and Jennifer Gaetjaens and husband Horst (and son Alexander) of Cherry Hill; and his beloved grandchildren Autumn, William, Alexis, Joshua, Christine, Kathryn and Luke. He is also survived by his longtime friend and sister-in-law Wiggsy Sivertsen and partner Jeannie of Los Gatos, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Cedarburg Public Library.

"I’ve dreamed of Eden all my life,

I find it more and more each day

Now everywhere I go across the land

I stand so proudly in the sun and say,

I am home."