THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Elmer Edward Schanke
Issue Date: March 5, 2014
Elmer Edward Schanke, 84, Amberg, formerly of Neenah, passed away on March 1.
Born Jan. 18, 1930 to Elmer August and Lydia (Erdman) Schanke at Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, he attended school in both Neenah and Menasha. After graduation he served in the US Air Force from 1951-1954. On May 5, 1952 he married the former Helen Skattebo and they enjoyed 61 years together.
He worked at George Banta until his retirement in 1990. In 1969 the couple built a cottage in Amberg and the last 20 years made the Amberg area their home. His family and spending time with them was most important. He also loved hunting and fishing. When other fishermen saw him on the lake, they would always flock to him as he seemed to know the hotspots well. He enjoyed gardening and playing cards, especially cribbage and solitare and was a good cook. Everyone enjoyed when he made one of his own recipes.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; children, Wanda (Chuck) Dorn, Vera (Gary) Miller, Steve Schanke, Cherie (Schanke) Scott, Jeffrey Schanke, Peggy (Glen) Schanke, Herbert (Diane) Schanke and George Schanke; 13 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Eugene.
Memorial services will be Thursday, March 6 at 11:30 am at Wichmann Fargo Funeral Home, Appleton. Visitation will be Thursday at the funeral home from 10:30 to 11:30 am. For more information and to extend condolences, please visit www.wichmannfargo.com.