Norbert H. Klinkhammer, 84, passed away at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee on Monday, December 21, 2009.
A lifetime resident, Norbert was born in Racine on January 11, 1925, to the late Joseph and Christine (nee: Fredelake) Klinkhammer. Following graduation from Washington Park High School in 1943, he faithfully served our Country with the United States Army in WWII. He was taken Prisoner of War in Italy until his brave escape in 1945.
On February 1, 1947, in Holy Name Catholic Church, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Flora L. LaRose. Norbert served our community as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for over 30 years, retiring in 1979. He was a longtime member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church, formerly Holy Name. Norbert was also a proud member of the American Legion. Among his interests, he enjoyed fishing – especially in Holcombe, WI; metal detecting; and was a Notre Dame football fan. Above all, Norbert loved nothing more than being in the surroundings of his entire family.
Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 63 years, Flora; daughters, Barbara (David) Rudin of Racine and Beverly (Joe) Paricka of Waterloo, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Charla Klinkhammer of Racine; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren (was anxiously awaiting the birth of two more); sisters, Betty (Stan) Wielgat and Joyce (Paul) Emmons; brother, Tom (Arline) Klinkhammer; sisters-in-law, Gertrude Klinkhammer, Iva Ager and Florence Steffen; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.
In addition to his parents, Norbert was preceded in death by his beloved sons, Ronald (and his wife, Catherine) Klinkhammer, and Norbert B. “Norby” Klinkhammer; and brother, Al Klinkhammer.
Funeral services will be held in the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Saturday, December 26, 2009, at 1 pm with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Private interment, with military honors, will take place in the S. Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.
A special note of thanks to the fine men and women of Racine Police & Fire Departments for the compassionate care and gentle assistance in our time of need. May God bless all of you!
Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine 262-552-9000