Fred Reimann, 84


Fred Reimann, 84, of Wabeno, died April 22, 2013, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls. He was born on Sept. 27, 1928, in West Bend, to Fred and Wilma (Grothe) Reimann after they arrived in the United States from Germany. Fred was the first of his family to be born in the United States.

Fred married Kathryn Gadow on Sept. 4, 1948, in Barton. After high school, Fred enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1946-1949. He subsequently began his career in education, starting as an instructor of fifth-grade students in Mt. Prospect, Ill. He continued his own education while furthering that of his students, studying for his master's degree in his spare time. After obtaining his degree in education administration, he became a school administrator; he was eventually promoted to assistant superintendent of Cook County, Ill.

His love of children led him to purchase Trump Lake Lodge boys camp in 1955, which he and Kathryn operated until 1975. Fred thoroughly enjoyed running the camp and initiating various restoration projects he renovated houses, dismantled and fixed tractors and mowers, and cheerfully lent a hand with ad hoc maintenance projects for friends and family. Fred was an Eagle Scout, a member of Rotary Club International, elected Walworth County Supervisor and a life-long member of the National Education Association.

He is survived by his wife Kathryn of Wabeno; four daughters: Kathryn (Bob) Lind of Minneapolis, Rhea (Dick) Teteak of Madison, Susan (Tom) Zwickel of Chippewa Falls, and Lisa (Roy) Myles of Gurnee, Ill.; and four sons: Fred P. of Wabeno, William (Joyce) of Batavia, Ill., Kirk (Lori) of Wausau, and Karl (Kathy) of Janesville. He is further survived by brother-in-law Richard Quinlan of Wabeno, sister-in-law Patricia Reimann of Weyauwega, 17 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sister, Melitta, and two brothers, Hans (Gini) and Bob.

Funeral mass for Fred will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2013, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Wabeno. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4-8 p.m. at the Weber Hill Funeral Home in Wabeno. Visitation will also be held Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. The Rev. Jason Blahnik will officiate. Weber-Hill Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences at www.weberhillfuneralhome.com.