Ralph A. Rosenthal, 80

Ralph A. Rosenthal, 80, of the town of Friendship died on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at the Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac. He was born on Feb. 18, 1931 in West Bend to the late Harvey and Elizabeth (nee Oelhafen) Rosenthal.

In 1948, he graduated from West Bend High School. He later entered the United States Marine Corps where he earned the distinction of Tech Sgt 3 and was an elite "high shooter" rifleman.

On April 19, 1952, he was united in marriage to Patricia A. Melby in Cedarburg. For a period of time, he worked as a barber in Cedarburg and also Jackson.

Ralph was an active member of his community. He served as past president of the following: the Jackson Area Business Association, the Jackson Fire Department and also Christ Lutheran Church. He also served as a trustee of the Jackson Village Board.

Subsequently, he became an insurance underwriter for New York Life Insurance Company. During his 43 years of service, he earned the distinction of being named a life member of the Million Dollar Roundtable. He also was awarded life memberships with the S/Sgt. Henry F. Gumm Post #486 American Legion and the Adrian Frankow Chapter #58 Disabled American Veterans.

Ralph was a devoted husband and father, as well as a loyal friend. His life was devoted to the care and keeping of others, and was often known to brighten the days of those who crossed his path. His example lives on in his children and grandchildren who will honor his memory for many years to come.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years Patricia; three children Janice (Russell) Parker of Appleton, Jim (Janet) Rosenthal of Sussex and Jackie (Jeff) Rindt of Campbellsport; six grandchildren; two sisters Eileen Marks of Colgate and Gloria Vedra of Milwaukee; his devoted Boston Terrier Lucky; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers Roy Rosenthal and Gary Groth and his step-father Raymond Groth.

The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Jackson on Monday, Jan. 30 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., when there will be an American Legion walk-through. Services will follow with Rev. Paul Mittermaier officiating.

Burial services will then take place in Christ Lutheran Cemetery with full military honors.

The family has requested memorials to the S/Sgt. Henry F. Gumm Post #486 American Legion or to Christ Lutheran Cemetery.

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