Roger J. Goerlinger(1936 - 2012)

Roger J. Goerlinger, 76, Clintonville, passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, surrounded by family.

Roger James Goerlinger was born Jan. 25, 1936, in Clintonville, to Leonard and Ellen (Neely) Goerlinger. Roger graduated from Clintonville High School in 1954. He was united in marriage to Mary Anne Harbath on Sept. 7, 1957, at St. Rose Catholic Church, Clintonville. The couple started H & R Block and Goerlinger Insurance Agency in their home and then moved their business ownership to Main St. in Clintonville for 35 years, retiring in 2000.

Roger was a member of St. Rose Church, he served on the Board of Directors for Truck City Credit Union, worked in human resources at FWD Corp., other part-time jobs at Kimberly Clark, Korb Oil, Schroeder Clark, and bartended at the Clintonville Golf Course.

Roger enjoyed tending his water garden goldfish, deer and pheasant hunting, as well as fishing and boating at their recreation property at Wheeler Lake in Lakewood, Wis. Roger was a Jaycee, played baseball for the American Legion team, enjoyed Friday fish fries, and playing cards with friends and relatives.

Survivors include his five children, Robert (Karen) Goerlinger, Peshtigo, and their children, Megan and Karl; Cheri (Robert) Suttner, Bear Creek, and their children, Brandi (Jerry Schachtschneider), Fawn, Autumn and Thomas; Kathi (Michael) Wright, Clintonville, and their children, Justin and Courtney; Randall (Gina) Goerlinger, Clintonville, and their daughter, Gabrielle; and Mark (Amy) Goerlinger, Clintonville, and their children, Jack and Neely. There are three great-grandchildren, Kortlyn, Kamdyn and Jase. He is further survived by a sister, Marlene (Dean) Snyder, Seattle, Wash.; one sister-in-law, Barbara (Richard) Hedtke, Combined Locks; two brothers-in-law, Wayne (Beverly) Harbath, Clintonville; and Dale (Patricia) Harbath, Prescott; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Roger is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Ellen Goerlinger; his in-laws, Wilmer and Hildegarde Harbath; his wife, Mary Anne; and a great-granddaughter, Keelyn Schachtschneider.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church, Clintonville. Fr. Dan Schuster will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Clintonville, and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at the church.

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Beil-Didier Funeral Home - Clintonville
299 S. Main Street P.O. Box 275  Clintonville, WI 54929
(715) 823-4565

Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Feb. 19, 2012