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Agnes Katherine Podolski

F, b. January 21, 1918, d. October 19, 2010

Family: Walter Anthony Lehrer (b. January 22, 1916, d. July 5, 2002)


  • Birth: Agnes Katherine Podolski was born on January 21, 1918 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Walter Anthony Lehrer were married on August 8, 1936.
  • Death: Agnes Katherine Podolski died on October 19, 2010, at age 92.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Agnes Katherine Lehrer, formerly of Menasha, age 92, passed away on Tuesday October 19, 2010 at Villa St. Claire, Neenah. She was born in Menasha on January 21, 1918 to the late Phillip Podolski and Frances ( Suchodolski) Podolski. Aggie was united in marriage to Walter Lehrer on August 8, 1936, he preceded her in death. She was a Realtor for 20 years, a homemaker and the owner of the Cozy Bar in Appleton.

    She is survived by her children Walter (Celia) Lehrer and Mary Beth Lehrer; six grandchildren Julie, Jill (Andy), Douglas (Gloria), Jay (Laura), Heidi, Daphnie (Jason); 9 great-grandchildren Joe, Amanda, Christina, Katherine, Alexandra, Lucas, Eli, Zachary and Trane; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

    Agnes is preceded in death by two brothers John and Phillip and four sisters Mary "Mamie," Helen, Gertrude and Stella.

    A funeral mass will be held for Aggie on Friday, October 22, 2010, 12 p.m. at St John the Baptist Catholic Church, 517 DePere Street, Menasha with Father Paul Radetski officiating. Family and friends will be received at a visitation at the church on Friday from 11 a.m. until the hour of mass. Entombment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial is being established.

    A Special thank you to Mary Podolski, David and Carol Stratton, Denny and Cheryl Dewing for all the special love and support they have given to Aggie.


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Mary Elizabeth Lehrer

F, b. January 26, 1946, d. April 12, 2015



  • Birth: Mary Elizabeth Lehrer was born on January 26, 1946.
  • Death: She died on April 12, 2015, at age 69.
  • Note: Mary E. Lehrer, age 69, died peacefully on Sunday, April 12th from complications due to Multiple Sclerosis, a disease she battled for over 30 years.

    Mary was a graduate of Menasha High School - class of 1964. After graduation she attended the Appleton School of Cosmetology and worked as a hairdresser. She later embarked on a career in real estate and flipping houses. However, her biggest enjoyment came in owning an antique shop in Door County. Mary loved scouring flea markets and estate sales for treasures. It was not uncommon to see her driving a green pick up truck heaped with special finds. Mary was an American Picker before the show became popular.

    Mary began to pursue a life course change as a registered nurse. Ironically, however, the diagnosis of MS altered her path. As her illness progressed, Mary became a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan. On game day she proudly sported green and gold and often enjoyed placing a friendly wager with family members. Mary was also extremely interested in politics and made a point of voting in all major elections.

    Mary was preceded in death by parents: Walter and Agnes Lehrer (Podolski) of Menasha. Mary is survived by daughters: Heidi Brooks (Thompson) and Daphne Benbenek (Crowe), grandchildren: Desi Brooks and Trein Benbenek and brother: Walt Lehrer.

    A memorial service for Mary will be held at 12:00 PM on Monday, May 4, 2015 at the WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME-LAEMRICH CHAPEL. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until the time of service. A memorial fund in Mary's name has been established for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

    The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice and Chaplain Cheryl Davis for their exceptional care and compassion as well as Marleen Straubel for her unconditional friendship.

    Mary will be remembered for her feisty spirit and her ability to persevere through adversity. "Death may be the greatest of all human blessings". -Socrates.




James R Lehrer



Clemence Fischer

M, b. June 23, 1921, d. September 9, 2012


Family: Marjorie Gosse (b. June 5, 1919, d. November 23, 2004)


  • Birth: Clemence Fischer was born on June 23, 1921 in Black Creek, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Marjorie Gosse were married on November 25, 1941.
  • Death: Clemence Fischer died on September 9, 2012, at age 91, in Markesan, Green Lake Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Clemence "Clem" Fischer, age 91, of Markesan passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at the Markesan Resident Home. The eldest son of the late Andrew and Elsie (Plutz) Fischer, Clemence Anton Fischer was born on June 23, 1921 in Black Creek, WI. On November 25, 1941 he married Marjorie Gosse in Seymour, WI. She preceded him in death on November 23, 2004.

    Clem farmed in the Black Creek area for 20 years. In 1959, he purchased a feed mill in Markesan. He ran the feed mill along with his sons. They also acquired feed mills in the neighboring towns of Princeton and Kingston. Clem worked with his sons until his retirement. Clem was on the Markesan City Council for many years. He also was a member of the Markesan Kiwanis, Markesan Business Association, and United Methodist Church of Markesan.

    Clem is survived by his two sons, Robert (Linda) Fischer and Larry (Beverly) Fischer, both of Markesan; 3 granddaughters, Shelley Yaroch of Littleton, CO, Sherry (Les) Millette of Oshkosh, Lindsey (fiancé Troy Sell) of Sturgeon Bay; 2 step- grandchildren, Daryl Netko of Wautoma,Denise (Ben) Holmgren of Chicago, IL; 4 great grandchildren, Jordan and Taren Yaroch of Littleton, Co, Bryn and Connor Millette of Oshkosh; 2 step- great grandchildren, Cain Netko of Green Lake, Kylie Netko of Wautoma; 3 brothers, Leon Fischer of Appleton, Armon (Alta) Fischer of Ripon, Milton (Erma) Fischer of Kaukauna; many nieces, nephews , other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marjorie and his grandson, Timothy Fischer.

    A celebration of Clem's life will be held on Friday, September 21, at 11:00 a.m., with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m., at United Methodist Church, 74 E. Catherine St. in Markesan, with Rev. Paul Yoder officiating. Burial will follow the service at the Markesan Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Please visit our website to send online condolences to the family.

    The family would like to thank the Markesan Resident Home and staff for the care shown to Clem.

Leon G Fischer

M, b. December 22, 1922, d. June 19, 2016


Family: Pearl Meiers (b. October 23, 1923, d. October 5, 1978)


  • Birth: Leon G Fischer was born on December 22, 1922.
  • Death: He died on June 19, 2016, at age 93.
  • Burial: He was buried in Star of Hope Mausoleum, Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Leon Fischer, 93, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Leon was born on December 22, 1922 to Andrew and Elsie (Plutz) Fischer in Black Creek. He was a veteran having served in the US Army during WWII. Leon married Pearl Meiers and she preceded him in death. He worked for many years as a general contractor and real estate developer.

    Leon is survived by his children; Connie (Chuck) Fritsch, Barbara (Vern) Frahm, and Terry (Sharon) Fischer, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, two brothers; Armon (Alta) Fischer, and Milton Fischer, and friends Patrick and Barbara Leitermann of Gillett, whom he lived with for 32 years, other relatives and friends.

    Leon was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Pearl, a grandson Kevin Fritsch, a great great granddaughter Adelyn Frahm, a brother Clemence (Marge) Fischer, and a sister-in-law Irma Fischer.

    The funeral liturgy for Leon will be held on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 10:30 AM at ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH, 410 W. Lawrence St. with Fr. Jim Leary,O.F.M. Cap. officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday from 9:30 AM until the time of the service at the church.

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    Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from June 22 to June 26, 2016.

Armon Fischer



Family: Alta Mae Fischer (b. January 26, 1928, d. January 14, 2010)

Milton John Fischer

M, b. June 3, 1927, d. October 26, 2017


Family: Erma I Springstroh (b. July 15, 1928, d. January 18, 2016)


  • Birth: Milton John Fischer was born on June 3, 1927 in Black Creek, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Erma I Springstroh were married on August 28, 1948 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Milton John Fischer died on October 26, 2017, at age 90.
  • Burial: He was buried in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Milton John Fischer (Uncle Milty) was born to Andrew Fischer and the former Elizabeth (Elsie) Van Camp (Plutz) on June 3, 1927 at Black Creek, WI. He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith.

    He volunteered and served in the US Army in Europe in World War II, receiving an Honorable Discharge on February 26, 1947 at the rank of Sergeant.

    He married Erma Springstroh on August 28, 1948 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Freedom, WI. The union lasted for 67 years and was blessed with five children, Bonnie, Jack, Debra, Cynthia and Sandra.

    The family settled in Appleton and Milton pursued a career in land development, including multiple man-made lakes, and residential home building in a real estate career that spanned nearly 60 years. He was extremely proud of all of his partners in his life's endeavors.

    He served on the council at Bethany Lutheran Church and as board member and President of the Fox Valley Lutheran High School Foundation for over 40 years. He also served as member and President of the Valley Home Builders Association in Appleton, Chairman of the Parade of Homes in Appleton and was a Life Spike member of the Wisconsin Home Builders Association.

    He loved his family, his life's work, celebrating life with others, and his faith.

    He is survived by Daughter, Bonnie Jean Kinate of Wausau, WI; Son, Jack L. Fischer of Appleton, WI; Daughter, Debra K. Kenyon and husband, Rev. John R. Kenyon of Stevensville, MI; Daughter, Cynthia S. Lecker and husband, John Lecker of Greenville, WI; Daughter, Rev. Sandra L. Fischer and husband, William G. Madsen, Esq. of North Granby, CT; 15 grandchildren: Jennifer L. Kinate Weber (Michael); Jeffrey P. Kinate (Meghan); Dr. Matthew J. Fischer (Jacklyn); Jonathan L. Fischer, Esq. (Jennifer Buelow Fischer); Kathrine R. Fischer (Thomas Black); Jacqueline R. Kenyon, David R. Kenyon (Emily); Linda M. Kenyon Sorcic (Grant); Kimberly K. Kenyon, Michele L. Lecker Micheel (Rev. Paul); Jeremy J. Lecker (Stephanie); Rachel M. Madsen, Naomi E. Madsen, Trey W. Madsen, Claire S. Madsen, and eight great-grandchildren: Lila Mourino-Madsen, Brody Kinate, Delaney, Kelsey and Maxwell Weber, Silas and Loukas Micheel, Elijah Lecker, His Brother, Armon (Alta) Fischer of Ripon, WI; Former son-in-law, Paul M. Kinate of Wausau, WI; Former daughter-in-law, Dr. Karen Adler-Fischer of Appleton, WI; and Former daughter-in-law, Deborah Fischer (Godt) of Madison, WI.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Erma; by son-in-law, Jeffrey Cook; parents, Andrew and Elsie; and brothers, Clem and Leon.

    A visitation will be held from 5-8 pm Friday, October 27 at Valley Funeral Home. There will also be visitation from 9:00-9:45 am at Bethany Lutheran Church, 530 W Parkway Blvd., Appleton, on Saturday morning. The funeral service will be at 10:00, with Rev. David Pagel and Rev. John Kenyon officiating. Military Honors will be at 11:00, lunch from 11:30 to 12:30, and the committal at 1:00 pm. The graveside committal rite will be observed at Highland Memorial Park, 3131 North Richmond Street, Appleton.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fox Valley Lutheran High School Foundation.

    A special thank you to the staff at The Gardens Adult Family Homes LLC and Affinity Hospice.

Charles Albert Hanelt

M, b. September 14, 1865, d. February 23, 1941

Family: Amelia Fischer (b. June 17, 1862, d. June 29, 1925)


  • Birth: Charles Albert Hanelt was born on September 14, 1865 in Watertown, Jefferson Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Amelia Fischer were married on June 4, 1885 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Charles Albert Hanelt died on February 23, 1941, at age 75, in Green Valley, Shawano Co, Wisconsin.

Anna Barbara Hanelt

F, b. July 26, 1897, d. March 14, 1950


Family: Clarence Aloysius LeClair (b. February 2, 1903)


  • Birth: Anna Barbara Hanelt was born on July 26, 1897 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Clarence Aloysius LeClair were married on October 27, 1924 in Norway, Dickinson Co, Michigan.
  • Death: Anna Barbara Hanelt died on March 14, 1950, at age 52, in Cook County, Illinois.

Ceilia Ann Hanelt

F, b. January 16, 1900, d. December 23, 1974



  • Birth: Ceilia Ann Hanelt was born on January 16, 1900 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on December 23, 1974, at age 74, in Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois.

Mary Margaret Hanelt

F, b. January 6, 1896, d. July 8, 1989


Family: Albert Peter Franz (b. December 26, 1891, d. October 3, 1953)


  • Birth: Mary Margaret Hanelt was born on January 6, 1896 in Town of Ellington, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Albert Peter Franz were married on April 26, 1916.
  • Death: Mary Margaret Hanelt died on July 8, 1989, at age 93, in Sheboygan, Sheboygan Co, Wisconsin.

Albert Peter Franz

M, b. December 26, 1891, d. October 3, 1953

Family: Mary Margaret Hanelt (b. January 6, 1896, d. July 8, 1989)


  • Birth: Albert Peter Franz was born on December 26, 1891 in Green Valley, Shawano Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Mary Margaret Hanelt were married on April 26, 1916.
  • Death: Albert Peter Franz died on October 3, 1953, at age 61, in Sheboygan, Sheboygan Co, Wisconsin.

Gloria Mamie Franz

F, b. August 27, 1925, d. April 3, 1995


Family: Harvey Erich Witte (b. March 6, 1914, d. June 28, 1997)


  • Birth: Gloria Mamie Franz was born on August 27, 1925 in Sheboygan, Sheboygan Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Harvey Erich Witte were married on November 4, 1951 in Sheboygan, Sheboygan Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Gloria Mamie Franz died on April 3, 1995, at age 69, in Sheboygan, Sheboygan Co, Wisconsin.

Theresia Fischer

F, b. February 15, 1842, d. December 4, 1913


Family 1: Franz Ettner (b. 1841)

Family 2: Wenzel Fischer (b. May 30, 1845, d. December 7, 1915)


  • Birth: Theresia Fischer was born on February 15, 1842 in Werth, Bohemia.
  • Marriage: She and Wenzel Fischer were married on April 13, 1883.
  • Death: Theresia Fischer died on December 4, 1913, at age 71, in Missouri.

Joseph Fischer

M, b. circa 1884



  • Birth: Joseph Fischer was born circa 1884 in St Louis, St Louis Co, Missouri.

Joannes Mathaus Fischer

M, b. August 19, 1773


Family: Maria Theresia Wettengl (b. July 16, 1782)


  • Birth: Joannes Mathaus Fischer was born on August 19, 1773 in Lanz (Lomnice), Falkenau, Sokolov, Czech Republic.
  • Marriage: He and Maria Theresia Wettengl were married on November 26, 1799 in Lanz (Lomnice), Falkenau, Sokolov, Czech Republic.

Maria Theresia Wettengl

F, b. July 16, 1782


Family: Joannes Mathaus Fischer (b. August 19, 1773)


  • Birth: Maria Theresia Wettengl was born on July 16, 1782 in Lanz (Lomnice), Falkenau, Sokolov, Czech Republic.
  • Marriage: She and Joannes Mathaus Fischer were married on November 26, 1799 in Lanz (Lomnice), Falkenau, Sokolov, Czech Republic.

Martin S Fischer

M, b. March 6, 1821, d. December 13, 1906


Family 1: Maria Anna Zuleger (d. 1852)

Family 2: Anna Maria Lang (b. July 30, 1828)


  • Birth: Martin S Fischer was born on March 6, 1821 in Werth, Bohemia.
  • Marriage: He and Anna Maria Lang were married on February 9, 1887 in St Edward Church, Mackville, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Martin S Fischer died on December 13, 1906, at age 85, in Mackville, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Edward Cemetery, Mackville, Wisconsin.

Maria Anna Zuleger

F, d. 1852

Family: Martin S Fischer (b. March 6, 1821, d. December 13, 1906)


  • Death: Maria Anna Zuleger died in 1852 in Bohemia, Czech Republic.

Franz Ettner

M, b. 1841

Family: Theresia Fischer (b. February 15, 1842, d. December 4, 1913)


  • Birth: Franz Ettner was born in 1841 in Bohemia, Austria.

Joseph Fischer

M, b. December 21, 1843


Family: Theresia Zartner (b. May 22, 1841, d. January 9, 1894)


  • Birth: Joseph Fischer was born on December 21, 1843 in Werth, Bohemia.
  • Marriage: He and Theresia Zartner were married on May 22, 1869 in St Joseph Church, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Ralph Pennings

M, b. December 22, 1908, d. April 20, 1991


Family: Violet Smith (b. circa 1908)


  • Birth: Ralph Pennings was born on December 22, 1908 in Phlox, Langlade Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Violet Smith were married on October 27, 1928.
  • Death: Ralph Pennings died on April 20, 1991, at age 82.

Christina Hendrina Erst

F, b. October 26, 1863



  • Birth: Christina Hendrina Erst was born on October 26, 1863 in Zevenaar, Gelderland, Netherlands.