Roland Adam Spaeth, 95

Roland Adam Spaeth of Hartford, formerly of Rubicon, age 95 years, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at The Gardens in Hartford.

Roland was born on Jan. 10, 1919, in the town of West Bend to Michael and Meta (nee Faber) Spaeth. He was united in marriage to Mary Hetzel on Sept. 27, 1944, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Slinger. He graduated from West Bend High School 1936. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 and served until 1946. Roland was a navigator of B17 and B24 aircraft and flew missions over Italy. He left the service with rank of captain. He was a dairy farmer and in 1950 bought a farm in Rubicon, where his four children were raised. He retired from farming in 1981. Roland was a member of the St. Johnís Catholic Church in Rubicon. He served as an usher, a trustee and was care taker of the grounds for many years. He was also a member of the VFW 3358 Slinger Wisconsin and served as quartermaster for 29 years. He was a member of Catholic Knights and Knights of Columbus. After retiring from farming, he volunteered as a driver for Dodge County, driving people to doctorís appointments around the area. He was a member of Senior Friends of Hartford and enjoyed hours of playing Sheepshead.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Mary Spaeth; loving children, Ralph Spaeth of Indiana, Ronald (Shirley) Spaeth of Hartford, Linda (Bill Perry) Czisny of Texas and Rozanne (Rick) Vancil of Colorado; cherished grandchildren Matthew (Carrie), Andrea (Erik) and Bryon (Allison); great-grandchildren Owen, Avery, Ethan and Annabelle; his sister, Florence (Roman) Mueller of Brookfield; sisters-in-law Evangeline Schaefer of Campbellsport and Dolores (William) Hornickel of Milwaukee; and brother-inlaw Oscar Hetzel of Slinger. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Roland was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Howard (Bernice) and Sylvester (Adelia) Spaeth.

Mass of Christian Burial for Roland will be held on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church, (1170 Rome Road, Rubicon) with the Rev. Alois Van Beek officiating. Family will greet relatives and friends on Sunday, Feb. 23, at St. John Catholic Church from 1-3:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 4 p.m. There will be no visitation Monday morning before Mass. Interment in St. Johnís Cemetery, Rubicon.

A very special thank you to the caring and helpful staff of nurses and aides at Gentiva Hospice, you were just great. And also the wonderful staff at the Gardens in Hartford for your loving and tender support.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family.