Draeger, George F.
George F. Draeger, 90, completed his earthly journey on Thursday July 10th 2014 at the home of his son Roger and daughter-in-law Carrie in rural Marshfield. His family honored his wish to die at home cared for by his ten children and their families. All of his children participated in his care these final months and surrounded him with love as they returned their gift to our Heavenly Father, who blessed us with him 90 years ago.
Funeral services will be held at his parish home, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Bakerville on Friday July 18th at 10:30 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Selvaraj Savarimuthu with Deacon Ray Draeger assisting. Music will be provided by grandchildren: Claire Schiller, Alex Draeger, Jenny & Jessy Herkert. He will be laid to rest in Corpus Christi Cemetery. Dad & Mom brought 10 children lovingly into this world and so his six sons, Ron, Rudy, Randy, Ray, Roger and Russ will carry him home as pallbearers. Visitation will be held at Corpus Christi Church on Thursday July 17th from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
George was born Nov. 30th, 1923, in Edgar to Reinhardt and Clara (Laumer) Draeger, He attended Scotch Creek School. He met the love of his life, Dolores Beyel at a dance in Rozellville. They were married Nov. 28, 1946, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Stratford and celebrated 65 years of marriage before his wife's passing. Initially living on the family farm in Edgar, they moved to Marshfield in 1960 where they operated their dairy farm and raised their 6 sons and four daughters, beginning a dynasty that grew to include 36 grandchildren and 43 and ½ great-grandchildren along the way.
Dad enjoyed life to its fullest and was a proud dairy farmer and NFO member. He mastered bowling, fishing, horseshoes, and the concertina being actively involved in the Marshfield Horseshoe League, and winning the Wisconsin State Senior's championship. He was a proud member of the Central Wisconsin Concertina Club and the Chili Senior Citizen's Club. He continued to sweep Mom off her feet with polkas and waltzes until her Alzheimer's journey changed their lives forever. He continued to serenade her with his concertina and her favorite "Polish Lullaby" until her passing when he packed away his concertina and waited to be reunited with her in eternity.
Grandpa is forever remembered and loved by his children, Ronald (Marcia) Draeger of Spencer, Georgene (Gene) Donnerbauer, Rudy (Louann) Draeger, Randy (Sharon) Draeger, Deacon Ray (Jo Ann) Draeger, Roger (Carrie) Draeger, Russ (Marsha) Draeger, Gerri (Mike) LeGrand, Gayle (Gerry) Peterson and Grace (Tom) Herkert, all of Marshfield.
His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have so many fond memories of Grandpa and their heartstrings will never be severed.
In eternity he will join his beloved wife, Dolores; father & mother, Reinhart & Clara; sister, Leona (Melvin) Hoffmann; brother, Reiny Draeger; step-father, Paul Grosskreutz; step-brothers, Ken, Darrell, & Eugene Grosskreutz; and step-sisters, Leone Bodwin & Diane Eckert. He is survived by his sister, Ella Kufahl, Wausau; sister-in-law, Marion Draeger, Marathon; step-sister, Uldine (Tootie) Jablonski, Wausau: and sister-in-law Violet (Pat) Beyel, Marshfield.
Memorials may be dedicated to Corpus Christi Parish.
The Draeger family would like to give their heartfelt thanks to all of Dad's neighbors, friends and family who helped him enjoy the fullness of his 90 years.
Thanks to Ministry Home Health for helping us through his final journey, all of the caring and compassionate staff at St. Joe's and Marshfield Clinic that touched our lives in providing compassionate care over the years and to Roger & Carrie for opening their home to Dad his last few years. A special thank you to Lori Mann of Me & Mom's Catering for the Draeger old fashioned fried chicken dinners for both of our parent's life celebrations.
Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family in making funeral arrangements.
Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com
Rembs Funeral Home
300 South Oak Avenue Marshfield, WI 54449
Published in the Marshfield News Herald on July 12, 2014