Arthur Elmer Schoenknecht, 87

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at 1 p.m. at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church North, Cedarburg, for Arthur Elmer Schoenknecht of Cedarburg, who died at Lasata Care Center on Jan. 11, 2011, at age 87, of complications from a stroke he suffered 10 years ago. 

Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, the family asks that you make a contribution to the charity of your choice.

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory of Cedarburg is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Art was born on Feb. 1, 1923, in Benton Harbor, Mich., to Martin and Emily (nee Weich) Schoenknecht. A few years after his birth, the family moved to Milwaukee and then Cedarburg. Art attended Cedarburg public schools where he played on the high school football and basketball teams. When he graduated in 1941, he was awarded the scholastic achievement medal.  After graduation, Art attended Marquette University and MATC.

In 1948, Art met the love of his life, Jean Decker of Port Washington. They were married in 1949.

Art opened the Cedarburg Appliance store on Washington Avenue with his friend Harry Kuehl. After a few years, he returned to school and earned a plumbing license, eventually becoming a master plumber. Art opened his plumbing, heating and sheet metal company in the mid-1950s. Working long hours, he built a successful business. He was always proud of the many homes and buildings he helped construct. Art retired in the mid-1990s.
Art loved all forms of fishing and hunting. He looked forward to yearly trips to the western states or Canada, which he frequently arranged and supervised.

He enjoyed his monthly card club with lifetime friends Adrian Poker, Don Winkler, Bob Smasal, "Doc" Laubenheimer, as well as bowling and softball leagues when he was younger. Art was a lucky gambler, enjoying frequent success with slot machines at the casino. He also enjoyed his children’s and grandchildren’s activities, whether it was Scouts, drum and bugle corps, band, softball, baseball, tennis, soccer or football.

Art was a member of St. Francis Borgia Knights of Columbus.
Art is survived by his "eight pieces of gold" Mary (Edward) Holland of Shoreview, Minn., John Schoenknecht of Wauwatosa, Martin (Kathy) Schoenknecht of Cedarburg, Jane Roberts Kimball (Don Kimball) of Port Washington, Sue (John) Easterday of Fitchburg, Sara (Jeff) Kessler of Onalaska, Lori (James) Read of Mequon and Julie (Dan) Goldsbury of Horicon; grandchildren, Kevin (Andrea) Schoenknecht, Kelsey Schoenknecht, Alex and Eric Bohl, Clare and Sloan Kessler, Madeline and Henry Read and Evelyn Goldsbury; brother-in-law, Alan Probelski; sister-in-law, Bernice Fellenz; and many other nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Emily (Weich) Schoenknecht; his beloved wife, Jean; sisters, Evelyn (Clarence) Farshing, Ida (Charles) Walters and Ruth (Clarence) Behling; as well as other in-laws.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Lasata for the excellent care they provided for our dad during his 10-year stay. His friendly greetings of "Hey" and "O-K" will be sorely missed.

Art will be missed greatly, but at last he is at peace and reunited with Jean in a better place.