THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Kenneth A. Goldschmidt
Issue Date: May 20, 2020
Kenneth Arthur Goldschmidt, 81, passed away unexpectedly Sunday May 17, 2020.
Born June 6, 1938 in Marinette, to the late Arthur and Florence (Wieting) Goldschmidt, he graduated from Lena High School in 1956 and joined the Armed Forces until an honorable discharge in 1967. He worked at several different jobs until taking over the family farm in 1968 and retired in 2001. He married Carolyn Jean Patenaude on August 18, 1962 in Lena and they enjoyed 57 years together on the family farm.
His biggest joy was spending time with family and friends. His laughter filled the room and he could hold a conversation with anyone. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and telling stories of the things they did and said. Monday mornings were spent talking and laughing with his neighbor and friend, Jim.
He enjoyed Polka dances, visiting friends, playing cards and joy rides on his tractor. He was a blood donor and donated over 10 gallons over the years.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; four children, Tim (Kathy) Goldschmidt, Lori Goldschmidt, Dawn (Jeff) Heimke and Lisa (Steve) Nockerts; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Carol Wachowski; a sister-in-law, Betty Wilson; four brothers-in-law, Edmund (Angie) Patenaude, Jim (Diane) Patenaude, Bob (Bev) Patenaude and Dick (Joyce) Patenaude and many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Ed and Norine Patenaude and two brothers-in-laws, Donald Patenaude and Richard Wachowski.
Friends may call at Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home, 438 West Main St., Lena on Thursday, May 21 from 4 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 7 p.m., with Rev Mark Kostreva officiating, followed by Veteran honors. Burial will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens in Marinette. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rhodescharapata.com