Alois M. ‘Al’ Fechter Jr., 84


Alois M. "Al" Fechter Jr., 84, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010.

Al was born on Aug. 18, 1926, to Alois and Susan (nee Fleischner) in the town of Saukville. He married Frances "Frankie" Kiehnau on Aug. 18, 1951, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Newburg where he was a lifelong member. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He later served as a member of the American Legion Landt-Thiel Post No. 470 in Saukville.

Al was a dairy farmer for over 40 years in the town of Saukville. Along with his dairy farming, Al raised produce with deliveries in West Bend to Samaritan Home, Sentry, Red Owl, Wagner’s and Otten Food Market in the town of Barton.

Al enjoyed his retirement. He spent many years as a caretaker for various estates in the surrounding area. Frankie and he spent much time travelling and loved taking trips to South Dakota and the occasional casino. He also enjoyed deer hunting with family and friends. Al also often assisted the O’Brien Brothers in many auctioning services. Above all, Al loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Al is survived by his wife of 59 years, Frankie (nee Kiehnau); children, Alois (Pam), Judy (Don) Mondloch, Sandy (Scott) Tutas and Bonnie (Dale) Gray; grandchildren, Brian (Lynda) Fechter, Carrie (Lenny) Siesco, Joe Fechter, Jennifer, Stacey and Jeremy Tutas, and Josh and Kayla Gray; and great-grandchildren, Maddy Fechter and Carly Siesco. He is further survived by his siblings, Marie Schwinn, Robert (Alice) Fechter, Margaret McGurk and Barbara (Don) Brickheimer; sisterin-law, Evelyn Fechter; and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Al is preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Joe; brother, George Fechter; sister, Rosemary Wolf; fatherand mother in-law; brothersin-law, Harvey Large, Gilbert Wolf, Joe Schwinn, Jim McGurk, Bob Kiehnau, Tony Kiehnau and Teddy Kiehnau; and sisters-in-law, Gertie Brammer, Marge Mangel and Hilda Hetzel.

A Mass of Christian burial for Al will be at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 521 Congress St., Newburg, with the Rev. Kevin Kowalske and the Rev. Guy Gurath presiding. Visitation will be from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. only on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Dr., West Bend. Interment will take place at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Newburg. Memorials are appreciated to the American Cancer Society, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO, 64105.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. www.phillipfuneralhome.com.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Robert Gibson, the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital, the nurses and staff at Samaritan Nursing Home, Horizon Hospice, and the Alyce Kramer Cancer Center all for their care and compassion for Al during this time.