Earl Lettenberger, a Port Washington resident, formerly of Manitowoc, passed away at home
surrounded by family on July 1, 2011. Earl was born in Manitowoc, Wis., to the late
Reuben and May Lettenberger on Feb. 20, 1924. Earl married Mary McDonnell on Nov. 6, 1948, at Sacred Heart Church in Manitowoc. They celebrated their 62nd
anniversary this past November at their granddaughter Tracy's wedding.
They have four children, Chuck (Debbie) Lettenberger, Connie (Tom) Geiger, Fred Lettenberger and Julie (Chris) Kutil; nine grandchildren, Tricia (Bill) Weisensel, Brenda (Steve) Grotzke, Krystal Lettenberger, Tracy (Mike) Rohde, Ashlee Lettenberger, David (Missy) Kutil, Amanda Kutil, Dustin Lettenberger and Alyssa Kutil; and three great-grandchildren, Emma and Whitney Weisensel and Jenna Grotzke. Earl is also survived by his brother, Delmar (Sally) Lettenberger; brothers-in-law, Earl McDonnell, Harold (Fran) McDonnell, Jim (Nancy) McDonnell; and sister-in-law, Jean McDonnell. Earl is further survived by special friends, Charlotte and Bob Kutil; many nephews and nieces, relatives and friends.
Earl attended Manitowoc Catholic School and graduated from Lincoln High School with the Class of 1941. He entered the Navy in 1943 during World War II and served in Majuro in the Marshall Islands. He also served on Guam and the Hawaiian islands until March of 1946. Earl played pro baseball in the 1940s for the St. Louis Browns, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies minor league systems. He was part-time "Bird Dog" scout for the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies.
Earl was employed by the Manitowoc Board of Education in the Maintenance Department as a painter until his retirement. Earl was elected to the Manitowoc Lakeshore Hall of Fame in 1990. He was also on the ballot for the position of Secretary of the American Association of Professional Ball Players in 1984. Earl was a lifetime member of that association.
His family would like to thank Dr. Krco and his nurse, Debbie, Dr. Torkelson and staff, Dr. Bostwick and his nurse, Joan, Seasons Home Hospice, Home Instead Senior Care and all of the wonderful nurses at Grafton Aurora Hospital for their compassionate care for Earl.
A memorial service will be held at St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church, 1800 N Washington St. Port Washington on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Tom Lijewski. Cremation has taken place at All-Care Cremation Center, Manitowoc, and Earl will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery, Manitowoc, at a later date.
The family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 12:30 p.m.
The Pfeffer Funeral Home and All-Care Cremation Center, Manitowoc, are assisting the family with funeral arrangements.