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Fredrick A. Warnecke

Issue Date: October 21, 2021

Fredrick (Fritz) Warnecke, 94 years old, passed away October 11, 2021.

He was born August 18, 1927 to Frances (O'Keefe) and Arthur Warnecke in Peshtigo, Wisconsin.

He graduated as salutatorian of his high school class (of two people). He married his wife of 69 years, Carol (Mader) on August 16, 1952. They had one daughter, Jill, who was the light of his life.

Fritz enlisted in the Army at the end of WWII and was deployed as part of the Cavalry to guard the Bank of Japan. After returning home, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Oshkosh and began a teaching career at Berlin High School in August 1952.

He taught for 17 years and was active in the high school community, coaching football, debate, and forensics. Fritz also continued his own education, earning a Master of Science from UW-Madison. He spent many of his summer breaks bartending at Norton's in Green Lake, likely serving up as much life advice as drinks.

He left teaching to pursue a career in finance, combining his skill for numbers with his personability to support community members in their investment planning. Over the course of his four-decade career in investments, he partnered with his son-in-law, Kevin Koch and office manager Debbie Koch.

Fritz was an avid golfer, and spent as much time on the course as he did in the clubhouse. He was honored as the Mascoutin Country Club Man of the Year in 1983, acknowledging his contributions to the community and his family. Off the course, he spent years in the leadership of the Berlin Jaycees, actively involved at the state and national levels.

Fritz spent as much time as he could with his three grandchildren, going fishing, taking them on rides on his antique tractor Cyrus, and always having a Werther's candy on hand. He maintained much of the family land in Peshtigo throughout his life, spending weekends in a log cabin he and Carol designed out of salvaged barn timber.

They spent most weekends there, gardening, working in the woods, and enjoying corn roasts and fish frys with the Dura families and other neighbors. The cabin also served as deer camp each November to Fritz's friends and family. Over the past five years, Fritz enjoyed taking on the role of great-grandfather, or "Pop Pop" as his two great-grandkids like to call him.

Fritz was never happier than when he was entertaining. Whether it was dinner parties or porch parties, he enjoyed offering a gathering place for friends and neighbors. He and Carol were also fortunate enough to travel, enjoying winters in Arizona and exploring their genealogy in Ireland and Germany with friends across the years.

Fritz is survived by his wife Carol, brothers Arthur and Jerry (Josephine) Warnecke, sister Jane Schiedermayer, son-in-law Kevin (Debbie) Koch, grandchildren Simon (Valeska), Sarah (Praveen), Nathan (Anna), great-grandchildren Milan, Kiran, and great-grandchildren #3 and #4 due in February.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Jill, father Arthur, mother Frances, and sister Ellen.

Visitation and services were held on October 18, 2021 at the Wiecki-Skipchak Funeral Home of Berlin and All Saints Catholic Parish of Berlin. Inurnment with Full Military Honors by the Wells-Krause VFW Post #2925 were held at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery following services. For more information and to view a tribute video dedicated to Fritz, please refer to www.wieckiskipchakfuneralhome.com


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