Franklin Gronemeyer


Franklin W. Gronemeyer, 85, of Fond du Lac, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.

He was born on Aug. 3, 1933, in Germantown, the son of Alvin and Alma Hafemeister Gronemeyer.  

He was a graduate of West Bend High School.  

On May 4, 1957, he married Arleen N. Sachse at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt. They lived in Germantown for 39 years.

Franklin started work at the Germantown Lumber Yard in Germantown.  He then took a position as the head of maintenance at Range Line School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District, where he worked for 34 years. 

He retired from there in 1995.  

Franklin spent 12 years as an Ozaukee 4-H leader teaching woodworking to many youths.

He was a talented furniture and cabinet maker and could make or fix anything wood.  

Franklin and Arleen moved to Fond du Lac 20 years ago. 

He was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, and was always willing to serve where needed as a volunteer.

He enjoyed collecting toy tractors, model cars and clowns.

Franklin enjoyed playing the accordion and listening and dancing to polka music.

He is survived by his wife Arleen Gronemeyer of Fond du Lac; his children Frank (Kristin) Gronemeyer of Auburndale and Lori (Jim) Quackenboss of Fond du Lac; eight grandchildren, Alex (Jenessa), Caleb, Tori and Rachel Gronemeyer and Andrew, Eric, Bradley and Katie Quackenboss; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Marjorie (Kermit) Habben of Phoenix, Ariz., Richard Sachse of California, Jackie Sachse of Queen Creek, Ariz., and Eleanor Gronemeyer of Cedarburg; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Rollo and his sister Doris (Clarence) Knuth.

Funeral services were held at noon Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac, with the Rev. David Haugly officiating.  

Burial will follow in Lyons Forest Home Cemetery on Hillview Road in St. Cloud.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church and School or a charity of one’s choice are appreciated.

Special thanks to the staff at St. Francis Terrace, the doctors and nurses at St. Agnes Hospital and Agnesian Hospice Hope.

Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory is serving the family.    

(920) 921-4420



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