In memory of
Karl H. Stoeckigt
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In memory of
Karl H. Stoeckigt
Stoeckigt, Karl H. Karl H. Stoeckigt died at home on Friday, February 10, 2017, at the age of 78, from Alzheimers. He was born in Newton on August 14, 1938, to Walter and Orvilla (Mauer) and was raised on a farm just outside of Newton. Karl graduated from Valders High School in 1956, where he participated in football and wrestling (taking third place in Wisconsin State Championships). In 1959, Karl married Ruth Backhaus. They moved to their current Green Bay home in 1964 accompanied by son, Jerry, and daughter, Kathleen. Karl was very active coaching and attending Jerry's hockey games and enjoyed Kathleen's tap and ballet recitals. "Bumpa" was very engaged with and supportive of his three grandchildren, Adam, Chelsea, and Jacob. He frequently traveled to Chicago to watch Adam and Chelsea at sporting and scholastic events and you could count on him being at Jacob's ball games and school events in Green Bay. Whenever Karl attended two weeks of Reserves training, the family accompanied him and expanded the travel experience. Towing a camping trailer, they visited more than 40 of the United States over the years. Camping trips, eventually including three grandchildren, became numerous events throughout Karl and Ruth's marriage and his retirement. It was as a high school senior that Karl enlisted in the National Guard and began his long and distinguished military career. His first unit was the Manitowoc National Guard, where he began working on heavy equipment. In 1964, he transferred to the Green Bay National Guard and eventually retired as a Sargent and heavy equipment technician with the U.S. Army Reserves, AMSA 51, in 1999. After retirement, Karl and Ruth kept physically active around their home and with memberships at Planet Fitness. Projects in his home workshop kept Karl busy and fostered a special bond with grandson, Jacob who learned much at Bumpa's side. Karl and Ruth's travels continued after retirement, including trips to Germany and Alaska, as well as annual "snowbird" breaks in February and March to Florida or Arizona. Karl and Ruth were volunteer Board Members of National Mutual Benefit, Branch 694, for more than 35 years. For many years, they volunteered with what was then the Green Bay Crime Prevention Association. They became members of St. Jude Catholic Parish, when they moved to Green Bay in 1964. Survivors include Ruth, his wife of 57 years; their son, Jerry (Kathy) of Aurora, IL, and their children, Adam of McHenry, IL, and Chelsea of Miami, FL. Karl is also survived by daughter, Kathleen Gussert, of Green Bay and her son Jacob. Other survivors include Karl's sisters, Geraldine Scheffler and Mary Ann Vogel (Wayne); brother, Gary (Karen); and sister-in-law, Jean Stoeckigt, all living within the hometown area. He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene; brother-in-law, Ronald Scheffler; and brother-in-law, Eugene Backhaus and his wife, Dolores. Friends may call at St. Jude Catholic Church, 1420 Division St., from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with Rev. Donald Everts officiating. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com . In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Karl's name. The family wishes to thank staff of Unity Hospice for their support and counsel during Karl's final weeks. They are also grateful to neighbors, the leadership of St. Jude Parish and parish members for their increased support and concern during Karl's illness.
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