Aloys C. Peters, 84

Aloys “Al” C. Peters of West Bend passed away peacefully at home with his wife by his side Thursday, March 17, 2016, at the age of 84. He was born Nov. 22, 1931, on the Peters family farm in the town of Polk to the late Henry and Theresa (nee Melder) Peters.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1954, where he learned the carpentry trade. He served in Korea with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1954-56.

On Sept. 10, 1960, he married Edna Beisbier at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend.

Al farmed for three years before deciding to start his carpentry business. He and Edna settled in the town of Trenton in 1968 in a home he built. There they raised six children.

Al was a very hard worker but he always made time for his family. He enjoyed visiting with family, traveling, gardening and woodworking. He was a jack-of-all-trades and always available to help family. Al built many quality homes in the West Bend area before joining Weske Builders as an expediter for the last 10 years of his career. He never really retired, but continued to help his son John in his construction business and was a member of the property and grounds committee at Holy Angels Catholic Church, where he volunteered his carpentry expertise.

On Oct. 24, 2015, Al had the privilege of participating with the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Al is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Edna; their six children, Susan (Donald Niemisto) Peters, Annette (Dean) Monahan, Karen (Kevin) Pufahl, Carl (Annie) Peters, Ellen (Scott) Vorderbruggen and John (Gina) Peters; 16 grandchildren, Jason Kohler, DJ Niemisto, Jesse, Ashley and Cassie (fiancé Zach) Monahan, Max and Sam Pufahl, Nicole, Rachel, Sarah and Alex Vorderbruggen, and Elise, Leah, Julia, Jack and Mason Peters; one great-grandchild, Madison Wiklin; one brother, Francis (Rita) Peters; two sisters, Lillian Ritger and Henrietta (Joseph) Schnitzler; one sister-in-law, Harriet Peters; two brothers-in-law, John (Arlene) Beisbier and Oscar (Joanne) Beisbier; many nieces and nephews, including his “birthday twin” George Wiedmeyer; and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary; his parent-in-laws, John and Cecilia Beisbier; three brothers, the Rev. Raymond Peters, Donald Peters and Edmond Peters; and three sisters and four brothers-in-law, Dorothy (Norbert) Baumann, Marie (Edward) Wiedmeyer, Genevieve (Gregory) Wiedmeyer and Anthony Ritger.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday. March 23, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend with the Rev. Gerald Brittain presiding. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Holy Angels Cemetery with military honors. The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation from 3-4:45 p.m. at church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Holy Angels Catholic Church.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Mosley for his care of Al over the years. Also, a thank you to his neighbor Brian for graciously helping out.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.