Elmer G. Christoff, 86, Luxemburg died Sunday morning, April 15, 2012.
He was born March 31, 1926, in the town of Luxemburg, to the late George and Adela (Wessel) Christoff. Elmer graduated from St. Mary Catholic School and was a 1943 graduate of Luxemburg High School. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Luxemburg, serving as an Usher for 52 years, a member of the Holy Name Society, St. Mary's Catholic Order of Foresters Ct. #1065, a member of the Knights of Columbus Luxemburg Council # 1186. Elmer proudly served his country in the United States Navy
, during World War II
in the Pacific War Theater on the LST #1034 and #1065. He was a member of the American Legion Ralph Kline Post #262, Luxemburg and the Veteran's of Foreign War Post #9677 of Bellevue. He was employed at Pauly Cheese Co., Green Bay, as well as a maintenance man for the town of Luxemburg and a courier for the Bank of Luxemburg. Elmer enjoyed working his farm land, gardening, taking trips, the retired group lunches with friends from Pauly Cheese, grandchildren's school activities, telling jokes, his English Border Collies and Rex his lab.
On May 21, 1949, Elmer married the love of his life, Verna Wessely at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pilsen. They celebrated 62 years of married life and were blessed with five children whom he was very proud of, Tom (Judy) Christoff, Green Bay; Dr. Kathleen DeJardin, Arlington, Va.; Jim (Nancy) Christoff, Luxemburg; Nancy (Arthur) Hass, Diane (Bruce) Beecroft, all of Little Chute; seven grandchildren, Melanie DeJardin, Jennifer (John) Jacques, Brian (Bethany) Christoff, Stacy (Eric) Bartelson, Sarah (fiancé, Dan Peterson) Christoff, Laura Christoff, Matthew Christoff; four great-grandchildren, Alex DeJardin, Katie and Grace Jacques, Maxwell Christoff; one sister and one brother-in-law, Christine and Ed Eckert, Arizona; one brother and two sisters-in- law, Donald and Blanche Christoff, Abrams; Rita Christoff, Luxemburg; three brothers-in-law, Joseph Wessely, Pilsen; Dan Wessely, California; Marcellus Bricco, New London; many nieces and nephews.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, George and Adela Christoff; one brother, Walter Christoff; one sister, Joan Christoff; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Matt and Rose Wessely; three sisters-in-law, Audrey Bricco, Eleanore Wessely and Ruth Wessely.
Friends may call at the McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012. American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262 Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. Parish prayer service 7 p.m. Visitation will continue between 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Church, Luxemburg. Funeral 11 a.m. Friday at the Church, with the Rev. Milton Suess officiating. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Luxemburg with complete Military Honors at graveside.
Online messages of sympathy and reflection may be sent to the family on the McMahon Funeral Home website: www.mcmahonfh.com
The family wishes to thank the staff of Kewaunee Care Center especially, Carol, Sandy and Kathy for the loving care given to Elmer.