Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Donald E. Schlender
June 6, 1925 - September 18, 2016 (Age 91)
Watertown, WI
Service: September 22, 2016
Donald E. Schlender
Donald E. Schlender, age 91, of Watertown, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Watertown.
Don was born on June 6, 1925 in the Town of Summit, the son of John and Lillian (nee Wenzel) Schlender. He married Charlotte Rundt on March 10, 1948 in St. Petersburg, FL. Don and Charlotte rented his parents farm in the Oconomowoc area. In 1956, they purchased their own farm in the Watertown area. He was a devoted farmer and hard worker until he retired. The good Lord blessed him well and provided him a loving family and a productive farm. Don was a great businessman and dealer in cattle. He was an active member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Watertown and rarely missed a Sunday service. He enjoyed bowling and playing Sheepshead. Don was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He loved farming and gardening, especially tending to his Gladiolus and fruit trees.
He is survived by his wife Charlotte; two daughters, Annette (Ron) Benninger of Reeseville; Ellen Bohn of Watertown; two sons, Dennis (Val) Schlender of Mt. Horeb; Duane (Mary) Schlender of Holmen; twelve grandchildren as well as twenty great-grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his son, Neil Schlender; parents; brother, Karl Schlender as well as sister, Lucille Mueller.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Anthony Schultz and Rev. Mark Gartner officiating. Burial will take place at Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown. Family and friends may gather at the church from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorials, if desired, may be directed to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church or Lakeside Lutheran High School. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
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