Born in Wausau, Wis., on Jul. 15, 1952
Departed Feb. 12, 2012
Jim "Poppi" Schlaefer
59, Wausau, died Sunday, February 12, 2012 under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Aspirus Wausau Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born July 15, 1952 in Wausau, son of the late John B. and Helen (Ziebell) Schlaefer.
Jim was proud to have served in the United States Army Reserves, 376 Finance Unit, Wausau. He was passionate about his work in the grocery industry, including time spent with MBC Foods, Inc. and most recently Dave's County Market, Merrill.
His greatest love of all was spending time with family and friends. In the early years, he enjoyed time with his daughters camping, boating and fishing in the Northwoods and their annual trips to Panama City Beach, Fla. Other favorite pastimes included playing cards, watching his favorite television shows with his cat "Dodger" by his side, seeing his grandchildren grow and attending as many Green Bay Packer games as possible, since he was a die-hard Packer fan.
Survivors include, two daughters, Jen (Wendy Woller) Schlaefer, Wausau and Nicki (Phil) Binkley, Rib Mountain; three grandchildren, Madison, Halen and Orrin Binkley; one brother, Jack (Sandy) Schlaefer, Three Lakes; one sister, Karen (Jack) Mielke, Wausau; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at Noon on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at The Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Wausau. Friends may call Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. In Celebration of Jim's life, the family invites you to wear green and gold "Packer" attire in honor of him.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau is in charge of arrangements.
On Jim's behalf, the family would like to thank and recognize the Aspirus Wausau Hospital, especially, Pulmonologist Dr. James Cygan and his staff and the Respiratory Therapy Department. In addition, we are forever grateful for Sandy M. (MSICU), Michelle K. (MSIMC) and Sue K. (Palliative/Hospice) who were there to support his daughters on this journey with him.
Online condolences at www.petersonkraemer.com