Obit: Bremer, John Henry #2 (1916 - 2009)
Bremer, Schneider, Fenske, Neumann, Wegman, Dykstra,
Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday,
18 Nov. 2009
Henry (2 Dec. 1916 - 13 Nov. 2009)
-- John Henry Bremer, 92, of Abbotsford, died Nov. 13, 2009, at
Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.
funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at
Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford, with the Rev. Dr. Paul C.
Hunsicker Sr. conducting the service.
will be held at the church Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of
services. Burial with military rites will follow in the Abbotsford
born Dec. 2, 1916, in the town of Mayville, the son of John and
Paulina (Schneider) Bremer. He attended Saint Peter Parochial
School and graduated from Dorchester High School in 1934. After
graduation, he attended vocational school in Milwaukee. In his
earlier years, he farmed with his parents and was a member of Saint
Peter Lutheran Church in Dorchester. He was united in marriage to
Jean Amacher on June 1, 1945, in Medford. During World War II, he
served in the 8th Calvary Regiment and later was stationed in Japan
with the army of occupation, receiving an honorable discharge in
employed with the Abbotsford Hardware Company for 36 years. During
the first 25 years with the company, he represented the store in
the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce during which time he was
involved with creating Red Arrow Park, Dairy Days and later was
chairman of the queen committee. He was proud to have been involved
in the creation of the Abbotsford Christmas Parade, heading up the
clown police for several years. He helped construct many floats but
was most proud of his idea to design and create "Puff the Magic
Dragon" and called it his pet. He served on the Abbotsford City
Council during the time Abbotsford became a city.
retiring from the store, he served as sexton of the Abbotsford
Public Cemetery. During this time he mapped the cemetery,
straightened stones and planted the row of trees at the south
He was full
of stories about his early life on the farm and of the Depression
era when people made do with what they had and would create things
from very little using common sense.
He was a
member of Christ Lutheran Church for more than 60 years, serving on
various boards and committees and was Sunday School superintendent
for 10 years. He enjoyed car trips throughout the United States
when his family was young, showing them the land he
He was very
proud of his children and grandchildren, and when they were young
he would build toys and items for them in Grandpa's garage. He was
known around town as a person who could do anything with a block of
wood, creating and repairing many things. He was artistic and could
sketch, paint and letter signs. He enjoyed carpentry, fixing
things, playing cards, pruning, gardening and helping
lovingly survived by Jean, his wife of 64 years; children, Jack
(Cindy) Bremer of Marshfield and Jill (Cy) Wegman of Villa Hills,
Ky.; seven grandchildren, Bob, Holly and Ben Bremer, Carrie
Dykstra, Allison, Christie and Alex Wegman; and two
great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Cate Dykstra; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Elsie Bremer, Anna
Neumann and Minnie Fenske; and one brother, Arthur
Memorials may be designated in his name to the Abbotsford Christmas Parade or Camp Luther.
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