Robert J. Slobig, 84

Robert James Slobig, age 84 passed away Monday, June 8 from complications of esophageal cancer.

Loving husband of Martha (Gubbins). Preceded in death by his parents, William and Frances (Owens) and his brother, William. Survived by siblings, Frank (Judy), Judy Reagan, Fr. John Slobig, Sr.

Joan Slobig and sister-in-law Brenda Slobig. Devoted father of children, Bob (Julia), Tom (Maureen), Dan, Kathy Bergmann (Blaine), Mary (Bill Adamski), Annie (Rich Avrut), Jim (Maria) and Paul (Vicky); 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Bob was born in Chicago on Oct. 29, 1930.

He lived in Homewood, Ill., and attended Mt Carmel High School in Chicago, Fournier Technical Institute in Lemont, Ill., and Northwestern College.

In 1950, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving for four years. He then enrolled in Loyola University School of Business Chicago, where he graduated with a degree in accounting. In 1956, he married Martha and lived in Park Forest, Ill., Homewood, Ill. and Lansing, Ill., where they began to raise their family.

In 1974, Bobís job with Grainger Inc. relocated the family to Cedarburg, where he worked for Doerr Electric Corp. and eventually became CEO. He was well respected by his peers and oversaw the sale and relocation of the company and many of its employees.

Cedarburg was a good fit for the Slobig family.

Cedarburg schools, various colleges and universities were attended by their children. A good family life included camping trips, a lakeside home and many sporting activities (golf, swimming, tennis, boating). He participated in ministries at St. Francis Borgia Parish, including the Twinning Committee with a parish in Uganda.

and Martha hosted many visitors from Uganda over the years. As president of the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce, he oversaw the cityís bicentennial celebration. Bobís life in retirement included travel with Martha to other countries and within the U.S., golf with the Sweet Freedom Golf Group, golf with his family, book clubs, charity work and enjoying his large family and many friends.

A funeral mass will be held Monday, June 15, at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Borgia Church-South, N43 W6005 Hamilton Road, Cedarburg. Visitation Monday at the church from 1 p.m. until time of Mass. Inurnment at the church cemetery.

Memorials to Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, Maryknolls Sisters or the charity of your choice. For online condolences, please visit  The family is assisted by Schramka-Densow Funeral Home, 423 N. Main St., Thiensville, 242-3120.