Friday, August 29, 2008

Herbert C. Nikolai

Herbert C. Nikolai, age 77, passed away Friday, August 29, 2008, at St. Luke’s Medical Center Milwaukee. Herb was born and raised in Kenosha, April 27, 1931, son of the late Herbert and Anna (nee: Venskus) Nikolai and had graduated from Mary Bradford High School,

Herb served in the U.S. Army from 1948 – 1952 stationed in Alaska. On August 13, 1955, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Marilyn H. Schemel. Herb was employed by Twin Disc Inc for 31 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member and trustee of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, a member and past president of the Catholic Men’s Assn. and was a member and board member of the German Club. Herb was an avid golfer and golfed with the Tuesday Morning Seniors at Johnson Park. He treasured the time he spent with family and his golfing buddies at his cottage up north. Above all, Herb was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his loving wife of 53 years, Marilyn; 2 sons, Herbert H. Nikolai and Kenneth G. (Michele) Nikolai; 3 grandsons, Christopher Nikolai of Racine, and Jeffrey Nikolai, who is in the U.S. Army stationed in Iraq, and their mother Joan Nikolai, and Michael Nikolai of Racine ; a sister, Jane (George) Shipley of Baltimore, MD; 2 brothers, Eugene (Sue) Nikolai of Cape Coral, FL. Norman (Joan) Nikolai of Oklahoma City, OK; nieces, nephews, other relatives , many dear friends and his faithful companion, Tami. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Harvey and Magdalene Schemel and a nephew, Robert Nikolai.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 6, 2008, 10 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St. Entombment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet Friday at the funeral home from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.. (7 p.m. Prayer Vigil) and on Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Luke’s Medical Center Wound Care Center or The Family Readiness Group Leaders of Bull Company, 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Calvary Regiment have been suggested

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