Jacob Ervin Wiesner Sr., 89 |
Jacob Ervin Wiesner Sr., 89, of West Bend passed away on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at his residence. Jacob was born to Peter and Loretta (nee Batzler) Wiesner on Nov. 13, 1922, on the family homestead in St. Kilian. He graduated from St. Kilian Grade School and went to work on area farms in his teenage years.
He then moved to West Bend and worked for Schroeder Dairy for 25 years, owning the business for 13 of those years. It was at this time Jacob worked on making glass milk bottles light weight and got a patent on the designs that eventually let to the discovery of plastic milk jugs.
On June 30, 1956, he was united in marriage to Patricia J. Coulter at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend. Following their marriage, Jacob and Patricia made their home in West Bend and together they raised eight children. In 1967, Jacob and Patricia started their new business called Dupli-Quik Printing Service Inc., which their son Peter now operates. They were charter members of St. Frances Cabrini Parish. He was a longtime member of the Rev. Casper Rehrl Council 1964 Knight of Columbus and the West Bend Loyal Order Of Moose Lodge 1398. He was also a life-time member of the Museum of Wisconsin Art, formerly known as West Bend Art Museum.
Jacob enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and visiting with neighbors, friends and family; many of whom would stop and visit when they saw him outside. He was very supportive and gave generously to many local and statewide charities, clubs, fundraisers and organizations. He also sponsored many bowling and other sports teams. During his tenure at Schroeder Dairy, he was very proud of the fact that he was the first local business to have a paid sponsorship of a team in the West Bend Little League Program when it first started. He was well-liked and respected by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.
Jacob leaves behind eight children: Judith of Madison, Thomas (Mary) of Eden, Cynthia (Donnie) Bowen of Las Cruces, N.M., Rosemary (Andrew) Ruplinger of Auburndale, Fla., Peter of West Bend, David (Kathleen) of West Bend, James of Ozona, Fla. and Jacob, Jr. (special friend Tracy Bain) of Knoxville, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren: Norman (JR), Ashley, Sarah, Thomas Jr., Katherine, Jonathan, Rebecca, Jeffery, Amanda, Kayla, Tamika, Colton, Megan and Travis; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters Loretta (Norman) Esser of West Bend and Katherine Reimer of Hartford; a special niece Laura Nigh of West Bend; and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Jacob was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years Patricia in 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one son-inlaw Jackson Clubb, four sisters Priscilla Wolf, Mildred, Minelda Thurke and Armella Gahlman, two brothers Lawrence and Adam, and three brothers-in-law Anthony Wolf, Alfred Thurke and George Reimer.
A visitation will be at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend on Thursday, Aug. 9, after 4 p.m. with a prayer vigil at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Aug. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church with entombment following at Washington County Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to St. Frances Cabrini Church or School, or the charity of the donorís choice.
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