Eugene J. Rohlinger, 84

Eugene J. Rohlinger of West Bend died on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital at the age of 84 years.

He was born on March 26, 1924, in Allenton to the late Arnold and Marie T. (Christ) Rohlinger.

While growing up, he worked on the family farm, and later he along with his brother owned and operated a milk delivery business.

Following his marriage to Rosemary "Tootie" Hartwig on Aug. 18, 1948, at St. Mary’s Church in Mayville, the couple lived in Allenton.

After moving to West Bend in 1954, he worked at the Gehl Co. as a shipping clerk, retiring in 1989.

Through his love of the outdoors and of taking care of people, he helped many area elderly residents by taking care of their lawns. He also maintained the lawn at Schmidt Funeral Home for 40 years.

He took great pride in his work, and it became more than just a hobby to him.

He always had a smile on his face, a handshake to offer and a joke for everyone.

He was a member of the Hexelbank Club at the Gehl Co., and a member of Holy Angels Catholic Parish, where he served as an usher for the Saturday afternoon Mass for many, many years.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 60 years, Tootie; three children, Michael of Cedarburg (Linda Russel of West Bend), Jackie (David) Lyons of West Bend and Jill (Eric) Givens of West Bend; eight grandchildren, Matthew (Cindi) Rohlinger, Eric (Claire) Rohlinger, Jessica Roh-linger, Nicholas (Alli) Hansen, Elissa (Mark) Hemauer, Ben Hansen, Ashleigh Givens and Ian Givens; four great-granddaughters; one sister-in-law; two brother-in-laws; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his twin sister, Eugenia Soyk; a sister, Betty Johnston; and two brothers, Fr. Joseph and Clements Rohlinger.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 7 p.m., Friday at Holy Angels Catholic Church.

Burial will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Allenton.

Visitation will be at the church only on Friday from 4 until 6:45 p.m.

The family has requested memorials to the Holy Angels School Trust Fund or the American Heart Association.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family, www.schmidtfuneralhome.com

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