ARTHUR “MIKE” SCHOENFELDT

Arthur “Mike” Schoenfeldt of Cascade, and formerly from Grafton, Port Washington and Milwaukee, passed away Monday, May 5, 2014, after unexpected medical complications. He was 77 years old. Known for his love, dedication, faith and humor, Art will be missed by many.

Art was born in Milwaukee on Jan. 4, 1937, son of Arthur F. and Adele M. Schemenauer Schoenfeldt. He graduated from North Division High School in 1955.

Arthur proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, as well as in the Coast Guard Reserve and the Army National Guard.

On April 16, 1966, Art was united in marriage with Karen Rae Norem at Layton Park Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. The couple settled in Port Washington and raised their four children.

Mr. Schoenfeldt worked for Wisconsin Electric Power Co. for 34 years retiring in 1994. After “retirement” Art worked for 10 years teaching CPR and first aid for the Red Cross, and then worked as a maintenance engineer for his church, and other local establishments.

Art has always been a very involved member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port Washington. Some of his roles have included head deacon, church elder, president of the congregation, and headmaster of the St. John’s Academy.

Mr. Schoenfeldt was a current member of Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post #243 in Plymouth, as well as a former member of Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post #82 in Port Washington and Rose-Harms American Legion Post #355 in Grafton.

Art was a former Scoutmaster, lifetime member of the National Handyman’s Association and the NRA, an avid Brewers fan, and crossword puzzler. In recent years, he was actively involved with the Generations Plymouth Senior Center (the resident joke master) – and he just celebrated walking 138 miles with the 2013 walking club ... time to rest those feet!

Art, a devoted father, is survived by his four children: Kristin (John) Bradley of Ada, Mich., Debra (Karl) Vatthauer of Middleton, Susan (Steve) Fischer of Cascade and Andrew Schoenfeldt of West Bend. He was the doting “Papa” of six grandchildren: Mikaela, Olivia, Kate, Jenna, Michelle and Brian. Also Tasha Fischer, who shared in his love of sarcasm.

Further survivors include his sister, Ruth (James) Nicoletti of Elgin, Ill.; and nieces, nephews, godchildren, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Karen; his parents; and sister, Gloria Holter.

The family will receive visitors from 3-4:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 217 N. Freeman Drive in Port Washington, on Thursday, May 8, with funeral services held at 4:30 p.m.

The Rev. John Klieve will preside. Military Honors will follow.

Art will be laid to rest beside his wife the following day at Arlington Cemetery in Milwaukee.

Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers.

The Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.


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