The Obit For Chuck Schramm

Charles Schramm
(1917 - 2012)

Published in Fond du Lac Reporter from January 5 to January 6, 2012

Charles "Chuck" Schramm, 94, of Fond du Lac, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Walnut Grove Memory Care.

He was born in Fond du Lac on March 14, 1917, the son of John and Mary Rodler Schramm.

He grew up in a home built by his father on Seymour and Ruggles Streets in Fond du Lac.

After losing his first wife, Katie, and a daughter at birth, he married Viola Schwebke in 1939. Together they raised four children.

At age 18 he was sent to Florida for training as a professional baseball pitcher. Homesickness brought him back to Fond du Lac where he pitched hard ball for the Fond du Lac Brewers and other local teams. Numerous newspaper articles celebrated his successful career as "The Chuck and Chew Hurler."

In later years, he played softball and was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

He and his wife took great pride in planting and growing flowers, creating a park-like environment in their back yard.

He provided excellent care to his wife Viola, several of his siblings, and was a good friend and neighbor to many. Chuck was always willing to give a helping hand.

He practiced his faith first at St. Mary Catholic Church and later at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

He worked as a machinist at Giddings and Lewis for over 40 years.

After retirement, he helped entertain clients at their clubhouse near Eden; he stocked pheasants and arranged hunts.

Survivors include his son Charles; his daughters: Sandra (Jewell Amhrein) and Patricia (David) Spranger; grandchildren: Dean (Carrie) Spranger, Lori (Patrick) Schomisch, Michael (LeAnne) Holley, Andrea Schramm and Stephanie Schramm. He was a wonderful grandpa and cared about by his great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Ruby Streeter; nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and his special friend, George Casper.

Chuck was preceded in death by his first wife Katie; an infant daughter; a granddaughter, Christina; his second wife, Viola Schwebke; a son, Richard; five brothers; and six sisters.

VISITATION: Family will receive relatives and friends today, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 271 Fourth Street Way, Fond du Lac, from 9 to 11:15 a.m.

SERVICES: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Family Catholic Church today, Friday, Jan. 6, at 11:30 a.m. Chuck's son, The Very Rev. Charles Schramm will serve as Mass celebrant.

Entombment will be at the Shrine of Rest Mausoleum, Ledgeview Cemetery.

Special thanks is given to those who cared for him, especially the staff at Walnut Grove Memory Care who were like family to him. Also, Chuck's family is appreciative of the staff at Advantage Hospice Care who helped ease his transition into eternal life.

The Zacherl Funeral Home of Fond du Lac, Wis. is serving the family