Clement Joseph "Clem" Kolbe

Kolbe, Clement Joseph "Clem"

Clement Joseph Kolbe, age 91, of Chilton was Born to Eternal Life on May 27, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Grace (Mirsberger) Kolbe. Clem is survived by five children: Richard (Susan) Kolbe, Mequon; Roger (Cheryl) Kolbe, Chilton; Ronald (Sandra) Kolbe, Chilton; Gerard Kolbe, Chilton; and Carol (Peter) Mueller, Green Bay; ten grandchildren: Melanie (Kyle) Klamar, Vanessa (Erik) Eisenmann, Nathan (Jessica) Kolbe, Brian, Michael, Timothy Kolbe, Luke Kolbe, Jonathan, Sarah & Carley Mueller; and six great grandchildren. Preceding him to Eternal Life are four children: Donald Kolbe, Margaret Kolbe, Peter Kolbe and Mark Kolbe, and two grandchildren: Stephanie Kolbe and Matthew Kolbe. Clem is also survived by two siblings: his twin brother Leo (Betty) Kolbe and his sister Lorraine (Werner) Geiser. Three siblings preceded him in death: Hugo (Louise) Kolbe, Hildegard (Arnold) Weller, and Elmer (Helen) Kolbe.

Clem will be remembered by those who knew him as a hard-working man of God who always had time to help others. His smile, humor, and that special twinkle in his eyes could lift anyone's spirit. He was born on a dairy farm on October 7, 1922 to Joseph and Martha (Reiser) Kolbe. It was on this farm that Clem lived his entire life, raising his family and growing his faith in God. Besides the farm work, Clem was an active member of Good Shepherd Church, formerly the St. Martin Parish in Charlestown. He was also very active in the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Knights, and Eagles Club. His community service included several terms as Town Supervisor of Charlestown. He had a special place in his heart for the game of baseball which he played into his forties. His love for the game lives vibrantly in his children and grandchildren.

In a special way, Clem and his wife, Grace, will be remembered for their contributions to the lives of people with disabilities. When they became parents of children with disabilities, their response was to embrace these children as special gifts from God. Clem and Grace believed strongly that these children needed to be active participants in the community. Their advocacy and leadership led to establishing the New Hope Center in Chilton. Through all of his life, Clem remained committed to providing for and caring for his children. Clem's example of life-time commitment to family has inspired all those who have known him.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to Dr. Tipler and the amazing staff at Chilton Care Center, especially Cindy who continually brought out the best in Clem. They would be remised if they didn't also thank Faye and the staff from the Calumet County Home Health Care and Hospice. Everyone's professional capabilities and compassion will always be treasured by Clem's family.

Funeral service will be at 11:30 am on Monday, June 2, 2014 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (54 E. Main St.) in Chilton. Burial will be in the St. Martin Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton from 4:00 pm until 7:30 pm on Sunday, June 1, 2014 and on Monday at the church from 9:30 am until 11:15 am. A Parish Vigil Service will take place Sunday evening at the funeral home at 7:30 pm.

Memorials given in the name of Clem Kolbe are greatly appreciated.

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Wieting Family Funeral Home-Chilton
411 West Main Street Chilton, WI 53014

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on May 30, 2014