James M. Ketter, 74|
James M. Ketter was born on Feb. 10, 1937, to Bert and Mary (Gwen)
Ketter. He joined his late wife, Carol, in heaven on Jan. 11, 2012.
The first of four sons, Jim was an impressive athlete in his younger
days. His mother put together quite the collection of newspaper
clippings. He went into teaching after receiving his bachelorís
degree from Marquette University and his masterís from Northern
Michigan University. He would earn a highly favorable reputation as
an English teacher, first in Lodi and later in Cedarburg. He spent
decades at the high school in Cedarburg as a guidance counselor,
helping shape the lives of many young students as they sought a
direction in life.
Jim married the love of his life on June 1, 1963. He and Carol had
four children. There are five grandchildren with a sixth on the way.
They are truly his pride and joy. Dad and Mom opened up our world
with countless camping trips. In the days before the Internet, Dad
had his maps and "getting there" actually was half the fun for him.
He was an avid sports fan and so are we. He gave us Jarts and
Washers. He loved crosswords and provided wise words.
In retirement, the spring trips to Alabama he would take with Mom
each year seemed to last longer and longer. Those were special times
and that was a special place for him. He would continue to work after
leaving the high school, putting in a few days each week at Hawthorne
Hills Golf Course. In addition to working at a course, he loved to
play the game and he really enjoyed his weekly forays every Tuesday
with his friends.
After Mom passed away in 2006, Dad pushed aside as much of the pain
as possible to fill a void in his childrenís lives. He had to be the
best friend, the shoulder to cry on and, always, the one to rely on.
Such a great person. Such a great life.
Jim is survived by his four children, Roderick Ketter, Kathy (Mark)
Zander of Waunakee, Kari (Curtis) Ketter-Matter of Cedarburg and
Geoff (Beth) Ketter of Madison; grandchildren, Ben, Sam and Gabe
Zander, Charlie Matter, Jack Ketter and his first granddaughter, Jill
Ketter (due in April).
Jim was preceded in death by his wife Carol (nee Chrudimsky) and his
parents, Bert and Gwen Ketter.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m.
at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church North. Interment was at the
church cemetery. Visitation was held at the church on Saturday from
11:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation or autism research are appreciated. For online condolences
please go to www.muellerfuneralhome.com. Mueller Funeral Home &
Crematory assisted the family with arrangements.