Roman J. Breit

Roman J. Breit, 87, of West Bend died on Monday, Oct. 29, 2007 at Kathy Hospice.

He was born on July 6, 1920 in the town of Addison to the late Peter and Katherine M. (nee Heckmann) Breit, and on April 18, 1942, he was united in marriage to Irene F. Weidmeyer at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Michaels.

On Nov. 24, 1944, Roman entered the United States Army, serving in the Pacific Theater, mainly in the Philippines and Japan with the infantry, and also served as a barber.

While serving with the Army, Roman was awarded and received the Good Conduct Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), the Bronze Star, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the Phillippine Liberation Ribbon.

Following his discharge, Roman settled in the Barton area.

For over 25 years, Roman owned and operated his own barber shop in Barton.

He also worked as a salesman for Archie Monuments for 15 years.

In addition to the love he had for his family, he thoroughly enjoyed playing cards, particularly sheepshead, fishing, spending time at the family summer cottage, square dancing, walking, observing nature and wildlife, feeding squirrels and birds, helping people and volunteer work.

In 1981, he became the first Red Cross driver, which he did for over 19 years. He also served as a Boy Scout leader.

Roman was a member of the Barton Fire Department, Loyal Order of Moose West Bend Lodge 1398, Fr. Casper Rehrl Council 1964 Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Knights, Adrian Neu-bauer Post 8658 VFW, Kettle Moraine Coin and Stamp Club, St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where he served as an usher, Eucharistic minister to the home bound, the Holy Name Society and St. Joseph’s Society.

Survivors include his wife; four children, Roman A. (Carole) of Franklin, Gerald L. of Campbellsport, Judith A. Sweet of Olympia, Wash. and Christine M. of West Bend; seven grandchildren, Cindy (Roger) Skibinski, Gary (Stacia) Breit, Brian (Lauren) Breit, Kerry (Gilbert) Clark, Kelley (Joe) Stout, Benjamin Sweet and Melissa Sweet; six great-grandchildren, Brian Skibinski (finacˇe Niki Marusik), Kyle Skibinski, Gabirelle Breit, Joshua Breit, Noah Breit and Anna Breit; a brother, Andrew Breit of Kewas-kum; a sister-in-law, Edna Breit of Lomira; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, John (Agatha) and Arthur; two sisters, Catherine (Bernard) Mueller and Virginia Schmidt; and five brothers-in-law, Raymond Schmidt, Matt Dor-nacker, Francis (Alice) Wied-meyer, Leo Wiedmeyer and Matt Widemeyer; and a sister-in-law, Hildegard (Peter) Gonring.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Michael Moran presiding.

Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery (new).

The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation on Saturday at the church only from 8 until 10:15 a.m.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.