Robert L. Maertz

Robert L. Maertz, 80, of West Bend, passed away Sunday Aug. 3, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, in the town of Polk.

He was born on Aug. 3, 1928, in Milwaukee to the late Peter and Katherine (Lamping) Maertz, and graduated from West Division High School in the class of 1946.

Shortly after high school, Bob served in the United States Army. After his discharge he spent many years working for Mercury Marine, lastly in Fond du Lac.

On May 30, 1952, Bob was united in marriage to Carol Kabelowsky at St. Marcus Ev. Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. They made their home in Milwaukee until moving to Hartford in 1968, and West Bend in 1976.

He was a member of St. Andrew Ev. Lutheran Church and the West Bend Moose Lodge 1398. Bob and Carol were dance instructors for the West Bend Recreation Department for many years.

He enjoyed bowling, and was an avid sports fan, especially rooting for the Packers. Bob was also a former gymnast for the Turner Society in Milwaukee.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; seven children, Randal Maertz of West Bend, Bradley Maertz of Independence, Christine (Christopher) Hubbard of Cedarburg, Kendal Maertz of Crandon, Stan (Amy) Maertz of Kewaskum, Lisa (Eric) Mayer of Whitehall and Annette (Patrick Kent) Otten of West Bend; 13 grandchildren, Danton, Danah, Tajsha, Erica, Lacy, Peter, Dakota, Dillon, Kirk, Kyle, Robert, Maxwell and Braden; three great-grandchildren, Jaime, Ayden and Emma; three sisters-in-law, Laverne Maertz of Milwaukee, Karin (Tim) Walther of Waukesha and Andrea (Mike) Abel of Sussex; four brothers-in-law, Arthur (Jan) Kabelowsky of Sussex, Jerome (Nancy) Kabelowsky of Hartford, Brian (Linda) Kabelowsky of Wauwatosa and Wayne (Mary) Kabelowsky of Waukesha; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine and her husband Jim Mejchar, and Mary and her husband Roland Nuoeffer, along with a brother John Maertz.

Funeral services in remembrance of Bob will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday at St. Andrew Ev. Lutheran Church, 7750 Highway 144 North, West Bend. Rev. Robert Korytowski will officiate and burial will follow in Washington County Memorial Park.

Visitation will be Thursday at the church only from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorials to St. Andrew Church are appreciated.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family.

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