George E. Kettling,
E. Kettling, 83, of Cedarburg, one of the gentlest souls one could ever
know, sailed to his heavenly harbor on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, from the
Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice in Wauwatosa, surrounded by family and
George was born in March of 1930 in Elizabeth, N.J., as the only child
of George H. and Christine Viol Kettling. A lover of learning, he earned
his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1953 from the Polytechnic
Institute of Brooklyn, his Master of Science in chemistry in 1956 from
the University of Cincinnati, and continued work for several years
toward a doctorate in chemical engineering. An accomplished chemist,
with a patent to his name, George worked for Monsanto Research Corp. of
Miamisburg, Ohio, General Electric Medical Systems of Wauwatosa and in
his later years, taught chemistry and physics at Schlarman High School
in Danville, Ill.
George married the love of his life, Virginia “Ginne” Reuthe on June 16,
1962, in Cincinnati. Over more than a half-century together, they
created a close-knit family of four children, and an extended family of
many dear friends.
George will be remembered as a kind man of quiet intelligence, as well
as many talents. He was a bit of a Renaissance man, from his love of
science, philosophy, history and technology to his appreciation for
nature, music and all that is of the sea. He was an avid perennial
gardener, wine maker and writer. His creativity extended into
calligraphy, photography and even into gift-wrapping.
George's devotion to his beloved wife, Ginne, was something we can all
only hope to have. His displays of tender words and loving poems were a
constant in their marriage. His softness and patience shone brightly in
his parenting, and in his love for living things. From teenagers, to
spiders, to rose bushes, all were treated with care he so tenderly
offered. To George, thunderstorms and rainbows were all conversations
with God and cats were not only necessary companions, but also sacred
creatures. George’s favorite place to be was by the water. Whether on a
boat or on the shore, he found his peace there. Christ’s lighthouse has
finally led him to his eternal peace.
George was preceded in death by his parents; and is survived by Ginne,
his wife of 51 years; and their four loving children, Elys (Mike) Law of
Wooster, Ohio, Kandys (Roger) Lindgren of Kewaskum, Gynne (Tim) Benson
of Glendale, and Geoffry Kettling of Reno, Nev. He is further survived
by six wonderful grandchildren, Tina Tomasini, Nolan and Lucas Benson,
Chase and Lily Lindgren, and Grace Kettling; as well as one
great-granddaughter, Zaida Tomasini.
A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10,
at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 420 Whitefish Road, Port Washington,
with Pastor Jonathan Breimeier presiding. The family will receive
visitors at the church one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Christ the King
Lutheran Church, the Alzheimer’s Association, or your local Humane
Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online
condolences may be left at
The family appreciates the loving care to George at Lasata Crossings and
Zilber Hospice and the help of Home Instead.