George J. Van Treeck Jr.

George J. Van Treeck Jr., 96, formerly of Plymouth, passed away early Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at Kathy’s Hospice in West Bend where he had been a resident for the last six days following complications of multiple surgeries.

He was born Nov. 15, 1912, in Sheboygan Falls, a son of the late George J. Van Treeck Sr. and Lena Lindemann.

He attended Sheboygan area schools. He served during World War II in the United States Army from March of 1942 to September of 1945, serving in Egypt and Italy as a staff sergeant.

On Nov. 17, 1945, he married Vera I. Pennell at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. The couple lived in Menomonee Falls for 20 years before moving to Plymouth.

He was employed at the A. O. Smith Company in Milwaukee for over 40 years, retiring in 1975.

His wife preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 1999.

George was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth.

He enjoyed playing cards, hunting and took great pride in gardening and caring for his yard.

He is survived by three children: Douglas G. (Marie-Elena) Van Treeck of Carson City, Nevada, Barbara (Jerry) Bergdorf of West Bend and Jeffrey (Linda) Van Treeck of New Berlin; six grandchildren: Candy (Christopher) Merlino of Croydon, Penn., Christopher Van Treeck of Fairbanks, Alaska, Corey Michael (Charlotte) Bergdorf of Austin, Texas, Anthony Van Treeck of Milwaukee, Julia Van Treeck of Milwaukee and Nicholas Van Treeck of Fairbanks, Alaska; a great granddaughter: Adeline Bergdorf of Austin, Texas; four sisters: Ceilia Schnur of Denver, Colo., Teckla Pirrung of Sheboygan, Clara Becker of Phoenix, Ariz. and Dorothy Schmidt of San Antonio, Texas; one brother: Robert (Laree) Van Treeck of Eagle, Idaho; three sisters-in-law: Luella Pennell (Francis) Buechler of Sheboygan Falls, Angie Van Treeck of Sheboygan Falls and Bernice Pennell of Plymouth

He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by one brother Jacob Van Treeck; three Sisters: Marie Feierstein, Helen Rowald and Cora Mae Walker; one brother-in-law Willis Pennell; two sisters-in-law Leona (Roehl) Ott and Lucile (Hein) Hurtiene.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. The Very Rev. Dennis Van Beek, Pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. on Saturday until the time of Mass.

A memorial fund is being established in George’s name.

The Plymouth VFW World Cheese Center Post No. 5612 will conduct military rites at the Cemetery following the services.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving his family. For online condolences, please visit