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Werner Hermann Aissen

Issue Date: June 19, 2014

Werner Hermann Aissen, 78, of Green Bay, passed away at home on June 11 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born March 12, 1936 in Wilhemshaven, Germany, to Hermann and Herta Aissen, after graduating from eighth grade he entered a plumbing apprenticeship. In 1955, he came to the United States where he learned English and then sponsored his three younger sisters and widowed father to emigrate from Germany. He had a deep appreciation for his adopted country and entered the United States Army in 1956. On May 14, 1960, he married Marlene E. MacBride at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Marinette and they recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.

A licensed plumber working with various mechanical contractors in the area, he later became the Manager of Mechanical Systems at St. Norbert College, retiring after 15 years. A member of Local Union 298/Local 400, the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, he was also proud of his homeland and founded the German American Society of Green Bay, where he organized countless Oktoberfests and Fasching Balls. He was also a member of the German American Club of Central Florida and the Niedersachen Club of Chicago.

He enjoyed playing sheepshead with his family and was a devoted Green Bay Packer fan. A member of Northeast Wisconsin Accordion Club and Northeast Wisconsin Concertina and Accordion and Button Box Club, he entertained at German activities, family celebrations and for the Christmas shoppers at the Aissen Tree Farm.

After retiring he enjoyed working in his garden, hunting, playing golf and planning his next trip to Germany. He also enjoyed time with his wife at their cabin in Crooked Lake, and later in Leesburg, Fla., at their second home during winter months.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marlene; his children and spouses, Pamela Aissen, Jeffrey and Tammy Aissen, Lori Aissen and Kurt and Shannon Aissen; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ilse and Bill Weitz and Margot and Robert Anderson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, LaRonde and Robert Zylkowski; many nieces; nephews and relatives and friends in The Netherlands and Germany.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hermann and Herta Aissen; his stepmother, Myrtle Aissen; a sister and brother-in-law, Edith and Hans Rolf van Vorshelen; an aunt, Theresa Schmidt and a niece, Kathryn Anderson.

Visitation was held Monday, June 16 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cotter Funeral Home, DePere, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., with Deacon Jerome Thetreau presiding. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Norbert College Parish at Old St. Joseph Church in De Pere with Rev. Richard Getchel officiating. There was no visitation prior to the Mass on Tuesday.




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