James J. Knetzger

James J. Knetzger of Cedarburg passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, with his wife at his side. He was 68. James fought a courageous battle against lung cancer for many months.

James was born on Oct. 26, 1940, in Germantown, to the late Leo and Irene (nee Kuepper) Knetzger. He graduated from West Bend High School in 1958. On Nov. 18, 1961, he married his first wife, Joan (nee Mueller), and moved to Cedarburg. They were blessed with three children. Joan preceded him in death on April 27, 1974. James was united in marriage on Feb. 1, 1975, with Rachel (nee Koester). Two more children blessed the family.

James worked for Modern Equipment in Port Washington for more than 29 years until his retirement in October 2005. He loved to spend time with his family, gardening, cooking, woodworking, fishing and taking trips up north. His 14 grandchildren brought James much joy even to his final days.

A longtime member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church, James was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Knights of Columbus.

James is survived by his devoted wife of 34 years, Rachel; children, Anthony (Ruth) Knetzger of Hubertus, Barbara (Michael) Wolfe of Cedarburg, Yvonne (Joseph) Wolfe of Grafton, John (fiancˇe Sara Paul) Knetzger of Grafton and Sarah (Garry) Heisler of Belgium; grandchildren, Teresa, Josiah, Leah, Rebekah, Michaela, Felicia, Sophia and Elisha Wolfe, McKenna, Luke, Justin and Dominic Wolfe, and Jonah and Emma Heisler. He is further survived by two sisters, Sandra (Gerald) Bradt of West Bend and Mary (Mike) Schuetz of Slinger; brothers-in-law, Jerome (Linda) Mueller of West Bend, Richard Borchardt of Jackson, Albert Peters of Mayville; sisters-in law, Mary (Harold) Thimm of Hartford and LaVerne (Gerald) Geiger of West Allis; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Joan, and sister, Carolyn.

The family will greet family and friends at the church from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church, 1375 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at the church at 12 noon. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in James’ name can be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers of Cedar Spring Rehabilitation Center, Vitas Hospice for their support and ARC Angels Senior Home care, especially Amber and Amanda, for their compassionate care of James.

Mueller Funeral Home is serving the family. For online condolences please go to www.muellerfuneralhome.com.