Noah Jesse Saemann, age 97, of Elkhart Lake, passed away peacefully at Rocky Knoll Health Care Center on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

Noah was born Aug. 9, 1915 in Ripon, Wis., son of the late Jesse C. and Adelaide E. (Krumrey) Saemann.

Noah graduated from Waldo High School in 1933 and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1937 with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in economics. He then joined his father in the operation of the Saemann-Schilling Co. in Adell, Wis.

Noah proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a radio operator on a C-47 plane and traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.

In 1946, Noah took over the management of Saemann-Schilling until he sold the business in 1955.

On April 21, 1951, he married Virginia L. Voss at the First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa, Wis. They met in the Crystal Lake/Elkhart Lake area where both enjoyed family summer homes. After residing and raising their family in Whitefish Bay, Wis. for 18 years, they fulfilled their dream of making Elkhart Lake their permanent residence in 1977.

Noah was an employee of Oster Corp. in Milwaukee for 22 years.

He was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity, member and past commander of the American Legion Post 462 in Adell, member and past president of the Elkhart Lake Service Club, past treasurer of the Elkhart Lake Library Board, and a member of North Shore Congregational Church of Fox Point, Wis.

Noah enjoyed travel, reading, music, gardening, playing sheepshead, the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers, socializing and spending time with his family. His love for his children and grandchildren was abundant.

Survivors include two daughters, Katherine Saemann of Oshkosh and Elizabeth (Gary) Gritzmacher of Whitefish Bay; a son, Thomas Saemann of Wauwatosa; five grandchildren, Andrew, Anne and Kara Gritzmacher, Elizabeth and Margaret Saemann; sister-in-law, Virginia Saemann of Plymouth; loving nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Virginia, and his three brothers, John, Henry and Jesse.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Community United Church of Christ, 174 N. East St., Elkhart Lake.

Friends may call at the church from 2:30 p.m. until the time of service. The Rev. Karl Schimpf will officiate.

The Schneider Funeral Home & Life Tributes is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to The American Heart Association or the Elkhart Lake Improvement Association (PO Box 725, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020).

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The family would like to thank the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association for their compassionate hospice care and the staffs of Cedar Bay Assisted Living Facility and Rocky Knoll Health Care Center for their love and support.

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