Georg Kopf, 83

Georg Kopf, 83, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.

Georg was born on Oct. 15, 1927, in Sotin, Yugoslavia to Albert and Eva (nee Schrodi) Kopf. He was born and raised in Yugoslavia (now Croatia) until the age of 17 when he moved to Austria. Georg met Theresia Scherzl in Austria and they married on July 9, 1949. They then moved to Brazil in 1951 where they lived for 17 years before moving to Milwaukee in 1968.

He began his career at Falk Corp. and later retired from Rexnord after seven years.

Georg loved playing sheepshead, watching soccer, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Schwabenhof Senior Citizens and the Milwaukee Sport Club.

Georg is survived by his wife Theresia; children Hildegard (Steve) Kopf-Brown and George, Jr. (Tracy) Kopf; grandchildren Stacey (fiancÚ Russell Beistle) Gulley, Megan Kopf, and Ryan Kopf; and great-grandchildren Layla and Levi Beistle. He is further survived by his sister Berta (Anton) Egles; brother-in-law Johann (Loni) Sercl; sister-in-law Katharina Schedlbauer; and many other cousins, nieces, and nephews in Brazil, Austria, and Germany.

Georg is preceded in death by his parents, brother Josef (Maria) Kopf.

A funeral service for Georg will be at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2011, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Dr. in West Bend with Fr. Kevin Kowalske presiding.

Visitation will be at the funeral home only on Sunday, July 10, 2011, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Interment will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Newburg.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, (262) 338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.