Gilbert Benicke, 96

 

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at noon at Immanuel Lutheran Church, N61 W498 Washington Avenue, Cedarburg, for Gilbert Benicke who died Saturday Nov. 21, 2009, at the age of 96 at Lasata Care Center. Visitation will be held on Saturday at church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow at Immanuel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials to the church are appreciated. Mueller Funeral Home is serving the family. For online condolences please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com.

Gilbert was born in Cedarburg on May 15, 1913, the son of Carl and Emma (nee Wolfgram) Benicke. Gilbert was united in marriage to Elfrieda (nee Hartwig) on Nov. 27, 1937, in Newburg. They were blessed with four children. Gilbert was a dairy farmer for 40 years in the town of Cedarburg and also raised purebred Ayrshire cattle for a long time. He loved woodworking, was an avid sheepshead player both with family and friends and in his early years loved working his horses.

He loved music, especially polkas, played his concertina and danced almost every weekend. Gilbert was a 4-H leader and enjoyed working with the children. He drove a school bus for the Cedarburg area for

13 years. Gilbert thoroughly loved all his grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Gilbert is survived by his beloved wife, Elfrieda, of 72 years; children, Werner (Carrol), Allen (Claudia), Karen (James) Moder and Daniel (Mary Lou) Benicke; grandchildren, Dwayne (friend, Lynn) Benicke, Loree (Kris) Kazda, Amber (Frank) Field, Todd (Patricia) Benicke, Jay (friend, Tammy) Benicke,  Lisa (Brad) Seefeldt, Jason

(Shannon) Benicke, James Jr. (Jody) Moder, Kristie (John) Parker, Robert (Robin) Benicke and Danielle (friend, Jessie) Benicke; 25 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Paul Haffeman and Albert (Agnes) Hartwig; sisters-in-law, Dorothy

(Leland) Schulz, Alita Berling and Mildred Ulik; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Gilbert is preceded in death by his parents, great grandson Kalvin, great granddaughter Kara and siblings Melita Benicke, Palmer Benicke, Olive Stauske, Norman, Paul, Elmer and Eleanora Haffeman.