Joseph I. Klotz, 88
 

Joseph I. KlotzJoseph I. Klotz, 88, Campbellsport, returned to the loving arms of his Savior on Dec. 26, 2014. He was born on April 3, 1926, to Ignatius and Laura (Bohl) Klotz. He was a fixture on Cherry Street, born and living his entire life there.

On June 2, 1948, he married the love of his life, Joan E. Krueger.

He was a lifelong member of St. Matthews Catholic Church, being baptized, confirmed and married there. He was a parish trustee and cemetery secretary. He attended Mass faithfully, third row from the back, right side, (except for this Christmas Eve, when he reluctantly had to sit elsewhere because his spot was taken).

He served honorably with the U.S. Army in Europe in World War II as a communications specialist. He was a member of the village band and for years played taps at Memorial Day and Veterans Day observations.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural carrier until retiring in 1983. He also ran his own business, JK Signs, and painted many signs and trucks for local businesses.

Many remember him playing Santa Claus for the Lions Club.

He was a talented woodworker and spirited fisherman, having won the “big fish” contest at the marina in St. Germain in the 1980s. He enjoyed his retirement years in St. Germain, always welcoming family and friends with open arms and a cold Hamm’s.

In more recent years, he was a dedicated caregiver to his wife, Joan, and was always there when his family needed him. He lived by his code of God, family and country. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan, on May 22, 2014, one grandson, Nick Klotz, on June 19, 2010, and his brother-in-law, Alan Krueger. He is survived by his sister Frances Klotz, sister- in-law Dorothy Krueger, and his loving sons, Joe Jr. (Darc), John (Brenda), of Campbellsport and Jerry (Sharon) of Mequon. He is further survived by his grandchildren Jill Flitter (Tom), Jodi Olney (Mike), Jason Klotz (Chelsea), Stephanie Klotz, Mike Klotz (Michelle), Laura Tyberg (Micah), Daniel Klotz (Sarah), Katie Klotz (Dan Strean) and Kelley Klotz, and his great-grandchildren, Hope, Serena and Zachary Flitter, Justin and McKenzie Olney, Levi and Daphne Klotz, AJ and Porter Klotz, Kyle and Quinn Klotz, and Cosette, Jude, August and Bishop Klotz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 5 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 406 E. Main St. Campbellsport. The Rev. Neil Zinthefer will officiate and burial will be in St. Matthew’s Cemetery at a later date. There will be no visitation prior to Mass; the family will greet relatives and friends at a reception in the parish hall following the mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Matthew’s Church or School.

Twohig Funeral Home is serving the family with online guestbook and condolences at www.twohigfunerals.com.

The family extends a special thank you to Carol Martiny and Diane Zehren for all their help, and Bob Lindsley for being a good friend.