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Dietrich E. Wienss


1934 - 2018 Notice Condolences
Dietrich E. Wienss Notice
Wienss, Dietrich E. Dietrich was called home to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 83, on Friday July 6, 2018. Dieter's life began in Gdansk, Poland on July 17, 1934. He had a good childhood where he and his family enjoyed doing outdoor activities such as soccer, ice skating and sledding. In February 1945, Dieter's dad was enlisted into the German military and when he left for battle that was the last he saw of his dad. Dieter, his mother, and sister lived under the Russian and Polish supervision for about 6 months. During this time, there was a tremendous food shortage and Dieter spent much time on the streets looking for any opportunity to get food to take home to his mother and sister. In October of 1945, Dieter, his mom, and his sister hopped on a train heading to Germany to escape the Russian/Polish rule. Following the war, Dieter completed his 8th grade education and enrolled into an apprenticeship to become a tool room machinist in Nurnberg Germany. While Dieter was serving his apprenticeship, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of 16. It was at this point in his life that his war stained heart began to change. Following the completion of the apprenticeship program, Dieter chose to move to Winnipeg, Canada, to pursue employment outside of Germany. After living in Winnipeg for 2 years he moved to Edmonton where he met and married his wife Ingrid of 55 years. In 1963, the couple decided to move one more time to Milwaukee, WI to further his opportunities in machining. By 1968, Dieter and his partners, Heinz Proell and Bob Wiza, chose to start a business together named Trace-A-Matic Corporation. There was a partnership change in 1977 when Bob Wiza left and John Fischer joined the team. Dieter always had a compassionate heart for people in need. As he approached retirement in 1995, his focus from business went into a focus of mentoring, mission trips, working within the leadership of his church (Ridgewood Baptist Church), and business coaching. The vision that came because of a trip to the Ukraine was to develop a fabrication shop where the workers were recovering drug or alcohol addicts. This fabrication shop proved successful both with recovery and financial independence. The vision that followed was to build homes for widows of the Ukraine that would also be supported by the fabrication shop. Generosity is something that was a gift of Dieter's and he challenged many of those close to him to do the same. In the last few years when Waukesha County Technical College added on to form the Integrated Manufacturing Center, donations were made in honor of Dieter, Heinz, and John. Dieter and his partners were passionate of their trade and how it can change the lives of those who truly desire to give machining their best. Dieter was preceded in death by his wife Ingrid and son Hans. Dieter is survived by his children, Marlis (Pat) Van Ryzin, Thorsten (Tina) Wienss, and Monica (Erik) Zabel. Proud Opa of Aaron, Annika, Alex, Rhianna, Maria, Tessa, Lukas and Isaak. Dear brother of Karin Schuster. The family will be receiving visitors on Friday, July 13 from 4 to 6:45PM at Ridgewood Baptist Church 2720 Lilly Rd, Brookfield WI 53005. Funeral services at 7 PM. Graveside service Saturday, July 14 at Wisconsin Memoria Park at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be set up in benefit of Good Samaritan Ministries in Ukraine. We will miss you dad, brother and Opa!
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on July 11, 2018
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