Memorial services will be held on Saturday January 5, 2013 at noon at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashippun with Rev. John Kelling of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lebanon officiating. Burial will be at the Ashippun Lutheran Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at Zion Lutheran Church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Dodge County Fair Association, Dodge County 4-H Endowment Fund, Oconomowoc Regional Cancer Center or to the charity of one’s choice.
The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
James Hilbert Schoenike was born on December 26, 1954 in Oconomowoc the son of Hilbert and Wilma (Key) Schoenike. Jim attended St. Peter’s Lutheran Grade School in Lebanon and was a 1972 graduate of Northwestern Preparatory School in Watertown. On May 23, 1987 he married the former Sally Schwartz at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashippun. Jim was involved in the field of agriculture his entire life and active in his community. He was on the Dodge County Fair Board since 1981, serving as president for ten years and on the Dodge County Farm Bureau Board, serving as president for twenty-two years. Jim served on the Frontier FS Board for twenty-three years. He was president of the Wisconsin Association of Fairs in 1999-2000. He was the chairman of the Town of Ashippun for eight years and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Jim enjoyed farming, working with people and spending time with his family and friends.
He is remembered by his wife Sally of twenty-five years, his daughters, Laura and Kari both of Ashippun, four brothers, Jon, Mike, Tom and Richard (Susan) all of Lebanon, a sister, Kathy (Dan) Lemke of Hilbert, his father Hilbert Schoenike of Watertown, a sister-in-law Sarah Kottwitz of Watertown, a brother-in-law David Schwartz of Ashippun, his father and mother in law Lester and Lucille Schwartz of Ashippun, as well as other relatives and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Schoenike and a brother-in-law, Herbert Kottwitz.