Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
John P. Stueber
Service: December 15, 2012
John P. Stueber
John P. Stueber, age 66 of Watertown was stricken with a ruptured brain aneurysm on Saturday afternoon December 8, 2012. He passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday December 11, 2012 at UW Hospital in Madison surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown with Rev. Michael Schempf of Zion Lutheran Church in Clyman officiating. Burial will be at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Clyman. Relatives and friends may call at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown on Saturday from 3-7 p.m. and at the church on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church 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.
John Paul Stueber was born on August 22, 1946 in Beaver Dam the son of Paul “Zip” and Margaret (Stelter) Stueber. On August 7, 1971 he married Kitty Cone at Hope Presbyterian Church in Richfield, MN. John’s educational background included graduating from Lakeside Lutheran High School and subsequently from Wartburg College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and History in 1968. He went on to earn a Masters at Winona State College in Physical Education and accreditation to teach health education by 1971.
John spent all his teaching and coaching years in Watertown. He began teaching PE and Health at Riverside Junior High in 1968 and completed his career teaching the same subjects at Watertown High School until he retired in 2003. He coached Gosling Varsity Football for over thirty years with Dan Herbst and the late Bruce Wittenwyler, and coached in a variety of Watertown Gosling Baseball positions. After being retired from teaching and coaching, John was excited to return to coaching baseball with Rusty Tiedemann in 2012 and was preparing to return for the 2013 season.
John was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church where his grandfather, B.J.E. Stelter, was a pastor in the early 20th century and where his family attends today. He was baptized and confirmed there and held a variety of positions within the church, most recently on the finance and fund raising committees. He was also a life-time member of the National Education Association.
John was first and foremost a family man and his interests and hobbies reflected that aspect of his personality. He played baseball with the Clyman Canners in the sixties when his father coached and managed the team. Later John managed the Canners as a player/manager until the early nineties. He loved fishing with his parents and siblings from a very young age and in these last years, both summer and winter, with his extended family at his cabin in northwest Wisconsin where family gatherings and gatherings with friends were frequent and wonderful. John enjoyed biking, walking, watching anything live or on television that had a ball at the heart of the game. He remained interested in attending Gosling, Canner, Packer, Badger and Brewer games.
John was an exceedingly giving person in his life. He is loved and respected by many in his community and, as a successful organ donor, has blessed several families around Wisconsin and upper Midwest with an opportunity to continue life even as his was taken away. He will be sorely missed.
John is survived by his wife Kitty, his mother Margaret Stueber and his mother-in-law Zoe Cone all of Watertown, his daughter Alexa Joe “AJ” Stueber of Greenfield, his son Zack (Kim) Stueber of Middleton, a sister Susan (Roger) Schroeder of West Bend, a brother James (Marcia) Stueber of West St. Paul, MN, and a sister Cheryl (LaVern) Brigowatz of DeForest, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
John was preceded in death by his father Paul on Thursday November 17, 1994 and his father-in-law Chuck Cone on Oct. 22, 2002 and his aunt Dorothy “Dot” Stelter on November 21, 2011.
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