John W. Schwind, age 81 of Route 1, Glenbeulah, died peacefully very early Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Rocky Knoll Healthcare Facility in Plymouth, following a prolonged illness.

He was born on February 9, 1935 in Plymouth, son of the late John P. and Margaret (Scott) Schwind. John attended State Road District Grade School and Glenbeulah High School.

On June 11, 1955 he married Barbara Wendling. The couple farmed in the Town of Greenbush most of their married life. He was a member of Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church.

When his children where growing up he was active in Farm Bureau and the Holy Name Society. John’s hobbies were snowmobiling and in his later years he took up antique tractors. He had many other hob- bies, too numerous to mention.

John also loved each and everyone of his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

John is survived by his wife: Barbara, Plymouth; his four children: Debra, Brian, Jeff and Danny, all of which live locally; two sisters, Mary Lou, of FL and Janet, two brothers, Jerome “Jerry”and Jimmy, all of which live locally. He is further survived by his many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Few would argue that John was honest and hardworking.

We wish to thank EVERYONE at Rocky Knoll; his care was above and beyond over the five and a half years he was there. And in the end we cannot thank Hospice Advantage enough.

He was a good man and often spent money he had and did not have on others.

Per John’s wishes there will be a private family burial at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Town of Osceola; where there is a beautiful stone cut and set from his farm.

You may visit his twin brother Jerry as he now resides at Rocky Knoll.

And may we all keep in mind the hope of the resurrection.

Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home, Kiel is assisting the family.

Online condolences at

One of her biggest enjoyments was watching K.J. Skelton, her grandson, race sprint cars with the the # 80 car. She traveled with the family to many different tracks throughout the Midwest and made many memories with family and close friends.

She also enjoyed waiting for the phone call for the results of her grandson Ben’s snowmobile racing.

Gertie was an avid outdoors person where she loved working in her flower beds, gardening, bird and squirrel watching. She enjoyed embroidering dish towels and giving them as gifts to her family and friends and was a big fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Gertie enjoyed caring for her granddaughter’s dogs Ozzie and Derby. She also commented on how much she enjoyed seeing Nicki’s dog Magnum’s smiling face.

Survivors include: Her loving daughter: Dawn (Kent) Model of the Town of Lyndon, two granddaughters: Nicki (K.J.) Skelton of the Town of Mitchell, Crystal (Ben) Kassens of Waldo, two great granddaughters: Natalie and Nadine Skelton, one sister: Joyce Hansen of Random Lake, one brother: Allen (Mary Ann) Berth of Cascade, four sisters-in-law: Lillian Burgert of Fond du Lac, Joan (Butch) Buslaff of Town of Wayne, Gloria Serwe of Kewaskum, Sharon Koepke of Malone

She is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by loving husband: Gerald Koepke and two brothers: Kenneth (Ruth) Beth and Buddy (Lucille) Berth.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday evening (June 25, 2015) at 6:00 P.M. at St. John LutheranChurch in Plymouth. Rev. John Schultz, pastor of the church will officiate. Visitation will be held on Thursday at the church from 4:00 P.M. on Thursday until the time of services. Burial will be in the Plymouth Woodlawn Cemetery on Friday (June 26, 2015) at 10:00 A.M. Relatives and close friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in her name for St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth and the Sharon S. Richardson Hospice in Sheboygan Falls.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit The family would like to send special thanks to Dr. Kumar and the staff at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center and also to the Sharon S. Richardson Home Hospice and caregiver Lynn for all your care, compassion and love given to Gertrude and the family in their time of need. Special thanks to Judy Shovan, Margie Arbuckle, Sally Jensen and Karel and Levi Melius for all their help and friendship shown to Gertie. May God bless you all.

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