Herbert L. Kirst,
L. Kirst, 87, of Newburg died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at the Cedar Lake
Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Feb. 2, 1926, in Newburg
to the late Frank and Anna (nee Kraus) Kirst and married Emilie H. Gerek
on Sept. 10, 1949, at Holy Angels Church in West Bend.
Herb played baseball and football while a student at West Bend High
School and became a star pitcher for the Land Oí Lakes Baseball team. He
served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific
Theater as a Ships Cook 3rd Class. Following his discharge he became a
coowner of Kirst Meat Market in Newburg before working in the meat
department at Paulus Foods in Cedarburg until retiring.
He was a pitch perfect tenor and enjoyed singing in the church choir at
Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Newburg and also with a barber shop
group and for many years was a member of the Newburg Fire Department and
Herb was a member of the Waubeka Flag Day Post 7037 V.F.W. where he
served as a chaplain. For over 50 years, Herb proudly placed flags on
the graves of our military veterans in four cemeteries and was
recognized for his efforts by proclamation by the Washington County
Board. He took pride in his service to our country and was able to see
the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Herb is survived by his wife of 63 years, Emilie; his four children:
Cynthia (Dennis) Backhaus of the town of Trenton, Pamela (John) Meyer of
Sussex, Paulette (Brian) Kelley of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Thomas
(Kathleen) Kirst of Madison; and seven grandchildren: Jeff (Jae Hah)
Backhaus of Queens, N.Y., Dan (Nicole Johnson) Backhaus of Brooklyn,
N.Y., Jenn (Kevin) Wagner of West Bend, Jarrod (Sigrun) Meyer of Sussex,
John Meyer of Sussex, Patrick Kirst of St. Paul, Minn., and Natalie
Kirst of Columbia, Mo. He is further survived by his two
great-grandchildren: Jonah and Elsa Wagner, a sister-inlaw Laverne Gerek
of West Bend, a brother-in-law Frank (Donna Rae) Gerek of Apache
Junction, Ariz., and nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Anna Kirst and four
siblings: Lillian Blazel, Dorothy Dorn, Willard Kirst, and Jerome Kirst.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 1
p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend with the Rev. Gerald
Brittain presiding. Visitation will be Saturday at the church only from
11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials to Cedar Community are
Herbís family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses
and staff at the Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center for the
kind and compassionate care given to Herb and his family.
The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.