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Joseph R. Fliess
1917 - 2013
Joseph R. Fliess, 95, of Burlington, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Joseph was born Aug. 9, 1917, in Mills, N.M. to the late Lawrence W. and Herminnie (nee Brand) Fliess. He spent his early life and received his education in Kenosha County. Joseph proudly served in the United States Marines during WWII.
On March 27, 1943, at St. Josephs Cathedral in San Diego, California, Joseph was united in marriage to Jean Catherine Chizek. They have been residents of Burlington for the past 15 years and on March 27th would have proudly celebrated 70 years of marriage.
Joseph worked for AMC Chrysler as a Tool and Die Maker, retiring in 1987. Along with his wife, Jean, Joseph was the owner and operator of Joe and Jeans Tavern from 1972 until 1997. He was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church in Burlington and was a lifetime member of the American Legion.
In his younger days, Joseph enjoyed flying airplanes and riding motorcycles. He enjoyed traveling to Germany to visit his brother, Bert, who was a Priest in Munich, Germany and also to the Marine Corps Reunions that were held all over the United States. Joseph truly enjoyed life and was a very faithful Catholic. His faith meant the world to him.
Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Jean, and their 10 children; Catherine Fliess, Lawrence Fliess, Patricia (Richard) Kaminski, Joe (Sandy) Fliess, Tim Fliess, Irene (Mike) Rossi, Terry Fliess, Richard (Susan) Fliess, Lorraine Fliess and Ronald Fliess, nine grandchildren, four step grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren; brothers, Clarence Fliess, Norbert (Laydene) Fliess and Albert (Sally) Fliess; sisters, Marie Tabbert, and Trudy (Marlin) Biehn and by sisters-in-law; Florence Fliess and Nancy Fliess. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Lawrence, Leo, Alois, Raymond and Bertram Fliess and by a grandson, Pete Kaminski.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Marys Catholic Church in Burlington with Rev. James Volkert officiating. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Friday, Jan. 25, at Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Private burial will take place at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to St. Marys Church.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Rein and his staff, as well as the staff of VNA Hospice for all their care and compassion.
Schuette-Daniels Family Funeral Home & Crematory
625 Browns Lake Dr.
Burlington, WI 53105
Published online at KenoshaNews.com on Jan. 23, 2013