James Edward Gresch, 83

James Edward Gresch of Cedarburg was born to eternal life on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at the age of 83, surrounded by his loving family at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

Jim was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Beaver Dam to Martin and Esther Klebs Gresch. He attended St.

Steven’s Parochial School in Beaver Dam, Northwestern Prep School in Watertown and graduated from Hartford High School. He married LaVerne Groehler on April 19, 1952, at St. Steven’s Church in Beaver Dam. Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. During his lifetime, he was employed as a toe laster at Weyenberg Shoe Factory in Oconomowoc and Gilbert Shoe Factory in Thiensville. He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Cedarburg, a supervisor at Justro Feeds and his favorite job, a custodian at Westlawn School in Cedarburg.

He retired in 1993 to become “Mr. Fix-it,”keeping his home in good repair and helping other people maintain their homes. He also enjoyed being the neighborhood “snow angel,” refinishing furniture and tinkering in his workshop, bowling, playing cribbage and sheepshead and reading his Bible.

Jim was a Korean War veteran and a member of the Peter Wollner American Legion Post 288.

He was also a longtime member of the Cedarburg Fire and Rescue Squad and ambulance crew. He was a longtime member of Faith Lutheran Church, where he had been a council member and enjoyed caring for the church grounds.

Jim is survived by his wife, LaVerne; and their children, Steven (Anne), Alan (Sherry), Brian (Jane), Kevin, Susan (Roy) Eisenheim, Laureen (Whit) Lehnberg and Gordon (Becky).

He is further survived by 21 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin Gresch and Esther Jaquet; step-parents, Augie and Viola Jaquet; brother, Martin (Mary Lou) Gresch; mother and father-in-law, Erich and Alvina Groehler; brothers in-law, Elmer (Evie) and Hilbert (Dolores) Groehler; and sisters-in-law, Adeline Groehler and Edna (Mark) Henkel.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Faith Lutheran Church, N35 W6621 Wilson St., Cedarburg. The Rev. John Norquist will officiate. The family will receive visitors at the church on Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with an American Legion Peter Wollner Post 288 and Cedarburg Fire Department walk-thru at 6 p.m. He will be laid to rest at Zur Ruhe Cemetery in Cedarburg with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Faith Lutheran Church. Thank you to Dr. Torkelson and his staff for their continued care for Jim’s cancer, to Pastor John Norquist for his many prayers and visits while Jim was ill, to our wonderful neighbors for their help and support during Jim’s illness and to the nurses and doctors at Aurora for their compassionate care.

Eernisse Funeral Home, Cedarburg is honored to be serving the family. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.