June 28, 1938 — March 1, 2017
Andrew Matthew Zuehlke, 78, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in the town of Ashford on June 28, 1938, to Andrew W. and Verena Zuehlke. He attended St. Martin Catholic Grade School and Lomira High School Class of 1956. He married Marion (nee Albert) on June 2, 1962, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Eden. They resided in West Bend their entire 54 years of marriage. Andy was employed at Gehl’s, Kettle Moraine Electric and then retired in 2000 from WI Gas/WE Energies after
23 years of service. He served in the Army from 1956-58 and in the Reserves from 195862. Andy qualified for (EOD-Detachment) Explosive Ordinance Disposal. He did his training at ORD School in Indianhead, Maryland.
Andy enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling in his younger years. He also enjoyed golfing, gardening, playing cards and shuffleboard, and tending to make his lawn one of the nicest looking on the block. He loved watching football games and especially watching or going to NASCAR races. His retirement years gave him more opportunities to do the things he loved such as helping to babysit the grandchildren, and later attending all their sport activities. It allowed him to spend many winters in Arizona and take a lot of other trips to favorite locations.
Retirement also gave him the pleasure of finding a part-time job at the Super Car Wash owned by Dennis and Maggie Seideman where he was happily employed for eight years. He always focused on helping others when he could and by donating to local charities. Andy was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church and volunteered at the church when he could. He also volunteered at the Interfaith Caregivers for several years.
He is survived by his wife, Marion; son, Jeff in Chandler, Arizona, and daughter Connie (Mark) Geib in Luxemburg; grandchildren, Mason and Griffin Geib; brothers-in-law, Tony (Joanne) Albert, Dave Albert and Donald (Fern) Sampson; sister-in-law, Marge Albert; and good friend, Barb Loehr. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Andy is preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, Marie Albert and father-in-law, Tony M. Albert; stillborn, daughter Debra Marie; sister, Therese (Berg) Sampson; and aunt, Florence Zehren.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11, at Holy Angels Catholic Church (138 N. Eighth Ave., West Bend) with the Rev. Patrick Heppe presiding. The visitation will be held at church Saturday, March 11, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11 a.m.
Interment will follow at Holy Angels Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Holy Angels Parish, Holy Angels School Trust Fund, St. Vincent de Paul, Interfaith Caregivers, or a charity of your choice.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the following:
Dr. Susan Tsai, Dr. William Hall, Dr. O’Shaunhessy, Dr. Robert Schneidewend and the staff at the Milwaukee VA Center, Dr. Gary Herdrich and staff at the West Bend Clinic for always being there, the wonderful nurse Shelly, Social Director Deb and staff from Cedar Lake Home Hospice Care, and Father Jerry, Father Pat and Colleen from Holy Angels.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 orwww.phillipfuneralhome.com.