Harold H. ‘Muggs’ Manthei


Harold H. "Muggs" Manthei, 87, of the town of Auburn, passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the Beechwood Rest Home in Beechwood.

He was born on June 28, 1922, in Washington County, the son of the late Arthur and Elizabeth (nee Bastian) Manthei, and on Sept. 23, 1944, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth "Betty" Laubach at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Michaels. Harold and Betty farmed for 60 years in the town of Auburn. In addition to farming, Harold was also employed by Regal Ware Inc. in Kewaskum for 25 years.

Harold was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum and a member of the St. Joseph’s Society.

Those Harold leaves behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 65 years, Betty; two daughters, Mary Ann (Robert) Fellenz of St. Michaels and Sharon Fierke of Chandler, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Suzie Fierke (Chris Andrade), Ken Fellenz, Dawn (Russell) Groth and Nicole (Terry) Holfert; seven great-grandchildren, Justine and Bradley Groth, Crystal Wolf, Michaela Holfert, Danny and Niki Fellenz and Christopher Andrade; four sisters, Eunice Yeadeke of Mayville, Shirley Fellenz of Kewaskum, Ruth Tacke of Brown Deer and Deanna Manthei of Milwaukee; two sisters-in-law, Anna Manthei and Beatrice Manthei both of Kewaskum; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by two grandsons, Michael Fellenz and Michael Fierke Jr.; a son-in-law, Michael Fierke Sr.; three brothers, Willard "Squinty,’ Lyle and Earl Manthei; a sister, Dorothy (Edwin) Stahnke and a brother-in-law, Leander Fellenz.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Harold will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum. The Rev. Edwin Kornath and the Rev. Ralph Fellenz, O.F.M. Cap, will officiate and burial will follow Mass in the parish cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.

Memorials to the Beechwood Rest Home are appreciated.

The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Harold’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.millermartinfh.com.