Erich O Bretschneider | 1924 - 2010 | Obituary

Erich O Bretschneider
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Erich O Bretschneider

July 07, 1924 - June 24, 2010

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Erich O. Bretschneider, age 85, of Siren died June 24, 2010 at Indianhead Medical Center. Erich was born July 7, 1924 in Milwaukee to Oskar and Martha Bretschneider. Erich married Shirley on April 13, 1946 in White Fish Bay, Wisconsin. To this union, three children were born. Erich and his wife Shirley also played an important role as foster parents to many infants during adoptions.

Erich worked as a machinist rising to a foreman position for 40 years at TelSmith Manufacturing in Milwaukee. He was a member of the AIW Local #681 where he was the local and regional Union President. Erich was a member of the Webster Lions Club and a former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Siren. In his free time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf and bowling but most of all spending time with his best friend and wife Shirley.

Erich was preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters Gertrude and Eleanor.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; their children Erich O. (Jeanne) Bretschneider, Corinne (Mike) Ulrich, and Robin (Mark) Weinhold; grandchildren Travis (Sarah), Megan (Mike), Kenrich (Jessica), Bretta, and Robyn; great grandchildren Sam, Ava, and Emily; his sister Margot Heuser; along with other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held Monday, June 28, 2010; 11 AM (visitation 10-11 AM) at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren with Pastor Andrew Hinwood officiating. Music will be provided by Joan Daniels, Fran McBroom and his granddaughter Megan Jonas. Interment will follow at the Northern Wisconsin Veteran Memorial Cemetery in Spooner where military honors were rendered. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences can be made at

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