Junice Johanna Heidtke
Funeral services were held on Jan. 4, 2011, at First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg for Junice J. Heidtke who entered eternal life on Dec. 30, 2010.
Junice was born on May 19, 1927, in Mequon.
Junice will be remembered as a caring and dedicated wife to her beloved husband, Martin, pledging her heart to him on Nov. 10, 1949, at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa.
She is survived by her children, Donna (James) Schoenfeldt, William (Debbie), Nancy (Michael) Switzer, Patricia (William) Grace of Owassa, Okla. and Robert (Jody Bandlow). She is survived by her 10 grandchildren, Ryan Schoenfeldt, Debbie Pentek; Andy, Samantha and Patrick Heidtke; Lee Heidtke, Staff Sgt. Danielle Halpin (U.S. Air Force); Amanda and Benjamin Grace; Charles Heidtke. She is also survived by her three great-grandchildren, twins Caitlyn and Zachary Pentek and Danica Halpin. Junice was the beloved sister of Willard (Tess) Haeuser. She is further survived by other relatives and many friends.
Family was truly her greatest passion and her children were her life and that passion showed when Donna joined the drum corp in high school, where both she and Martin often chaperoned on road trips. While Donna wasn’t exactly thrilled with her parents’ participation, Donna’s friends loved them, especially Junice. So much, that Junice was often included in practical jokes, having her bed "short-sheeted" on one trip!
Patty and Bill fondly recalled afternoons as children when they impatiently waited on the steps of Doerr Electric for Mom to come home from work. Nancy treasured walks home with her mom from Doerr Electric in Cedarburg, as well, when Junice would hold her hand all the way home. Grocery shopping days were always a treat, where all five kids went along with Mom. The youngest, Bobby, placed in the seat in the cart. If they all behaved, the four that were old enough to have gum were rewarded with a pack of Fruit Stripe gum.
When Donna wed James Schoenfeldt in November 1968, Junice added a son-in-law to her family and loved him like he was one of her own. Two more son-in-laws became part of her growing family when Patricia married William Grace in June 1981 and Nancy wed Michael Switzer in February 1986. Her first daughter-in-law was brought into the family in April 1986 when Bill married Debbie.
She is remembered for her silly, witty and sometimes sassy, personality, and was looked upon fondly by all those she met. Her baking skills were well known, especially her cakes, pies, and kuchens, but her mashed potatoes were the best. She had an ear for polka music, and in her younger years was quite the dancer. There was only one radio channel in the Heidtke house and most mornings the kitchen radio was tuned to WTKM. In later years, precious nights were spent with her two eldest grandchildren, Ryan and Lee, watching the "Big Joe Polka Show" and anything on the Cooking Channel.
Her love of family transcended to a love for animals, especially dogs. The family had several dogs throughout the years and while not capable of taking care of a pooch in later years, she was more than happy to welcome family dogs Cinders, Hodge, Tundra, Rex, Gina, CD, Sandy, C.C. Bear and Annie into her home.
She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered, closing out her life like she said good night to her children, "Good night, hugs, and kisses, love you and see you tomorrow."
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory of Cedarburg is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.muellerfuneralhome.com.