Edward William Kaiser, age 88, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Bloomer.
Edward was born November 1, 1926 in Ridgeland, WI to Casper and Matilda (Schleusner) Kaiser. He was a kind, fun loving, gentle man who loved life and his extensive extended family. He loved telling stories of his life on the farm and will be sadly missed by all. During World War II, Edward (Ed), worked at the pea vinery in the Dallas/Ridgeland area where he worked alongside the German prisoners of war and also worked on the family dairy farm located in the Township of Sheridan, Ridgeland, WI.
On April 11, 1959, he married Alice Berends at St. John’s Catholic Church in Glenwood City, WI. After his father’s death in 1959 they took over the family dairy farm and farmed together for 36 years until her death on January 23, 1995. They received the Century Farm and Home award at the Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee in 1981. Along with dairy farming, Ed did many side jobs including working with his brother Walt installing barn cleaners and silo unloaders, assembled John Deere farm equipment for John Weber and worked for Ernie Delegard building pole sheds. Together they enjoyed many trips cross-country traveling with friends and family, going to church socials and dinners, eating out, playing cards, putting jigsaw puzzles together, gardening, campfires around the wood cutting piles and celebrating special occasions with relatives.
Ed enjoyed squirrel and deer hunting and making homemade sausage with his relatives. He loved all sports, played league dart ball with St. Paul’s and the Wilson Wildcats and followed the Brewers, Packers, Badgers and especially followed his nephews’ high school and college games. His passions were woodworking crafts and furniture and John Deere machinery and memorabilia.
On September 2, 1995, he married Clara (Matter) Bauer at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood, WI and moved to Menomonie, WI. Together they visited many cemeteries in the area gathering data for his Kaiser and Schleusner and her Matter and Bauer genealogy. They enjoyed attending parades, going to thrift sales, eating out and visiting family and friends. Clara passed away on May 6, 2010.
Edward then moved back to an apartment in Ridgeland enjoying his daily lunch at the Dairyland Cafe with his friends, playing cards at the local Community Center and Friday night fish fries at Dutchman’s. In March 2014, he moved to the Dallas Rehab Center and in July moved to the Maplewood in Bloomer. He enjoyed playing Bingo, cards, going on outings, the musical entertainment and the good meals.
He is survived by sisters: Hazel Obermueller of Colfax and Laura Mittelstadt of Ridgeland, Sisters-in-law: Joan Kaiser, Barbara (Bobbi) Berends, Rachel Berends, Kathy Matter and Carol Matter, Brothers-in-law: Lloyd Berends, Harold, Donald, Jim and Richard Matter, Kaiser nieces and nephews: Brian Martinson, Brenda Elias, Beverly Vought, Virginia King, James and Perry Danovsky, Nita Parker, Patsy Danovsky, Gregory Kaiser, Jolene Evan, John Kaiser, Sandra, Rick and Bruce Kaiser, Lana Berge (caregiver), Ken Obermueller, Sheila Rose, Steve Obermueller, Mark Mittelstadt and Debrah Etheridge, Berends nieces and nephews: Dennis, Dick, Don, Dale, Doug, Dean, Daryl, Darwin, Jim, and Joe Berends, Shari Rosenow, Jean, Mary Jo and Mike Berends, Jean Meyers, Mike and Mary Jo Berends, Pam Erickson, Susan, Carol, Rita, Julie and John Palewicz, Tom, John, Libby, Kathy, Anne, Peter and Robert Berends, Matter nieces & nephews, as well as many other relatives & friends.
Edward was preceded in death by his parents: Casper & Matilda, brothers: Walter and Arthur Kaiser, sisters: Alice Danovsky and Esther Martinson, Brothers-in-law: Merlin Martinson, Louie Danovsky, Donald Mittelstadt, Orie Obermueller, Duane and Ralph Berends and Robert Palewicz, Sisters-in-law: Loretta Kaiser, Harriet Erickson, Mary Lou Palewicz, Norma Berends and Faith Matter, Nephews: Dan and David Berends, Nieces: Martha and Shelly Berends and Great-nephews: Jesse Mittelstadt and Steve Berends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 23 at the Ridgeland Community Center with Rev. Tim Vettrus officiating & interment in Oak Grove Cemetery in the Town of Sheridan, rural Ridgeland, WI. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Home in Dallas & also for the hour prior to services Thursday at the community center. Arrangements are with Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Homes, Dallas & Cameron.