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George C. Kiesow
1963 - 2021
BORN
1963
DIED
2021
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George C. Kiesow

1963 ~ 2021

George "Geo" Carl Kiesow, 58, died on Saturday, May 1st. Family were present at bedside for his final journey.

George was born in Neenah, WI on January 18, 1963, the son of Ralph and Patricia Kiesow. He graduated from Neenah High School, attended the University of Oshkosh and the University of Milwaukee. Geo found his true passion in Milwaukee. George worked and managed in many of Milwaukee's best; Club Garibaldi, Up and Under Pub/Down and Over Pub, IL Mito, Jamos, and the Y-Not II, where he was known throughout Milwaukee as the Host of the "Poetry Slam." His earlier years began at his parents' restaurant, "The Raveno Ballroom." His final years at "Murmuring Waters" and the "Black Bear Lodge" in Saint Germain.

His true love and reason for living were his two children, Hayden and Sydney. Most of his conversations revolved around how proud he was of them. One of his favorite topics was Hayden's witty comments. So much like his father. George loved being at his cabin in the woods, or fishing/canoeing the many lakes of the Northwoods. His poetry was created by observing life. His ability to make you a part of his life growing up at the Raveno, the memories made in Milwaukee and his life in the Northwoods, was a true gift. As his friend Erika stated, "He knew how to make words sparkle and dance off a page.

Survivors include his children Sydney and Hayden Sokolowski-Kiesow, Sandy Sokolowski, the mother of his children, Milwaukee, Timothy (Cindy) Kiesow, Saint Germain, Kelly (Greg) Polman, Appleton; nieces and nephews: Aaron and Allison Polman, Tatton, Hunter, and Tanner Kiesow, Henry (Amy) Tellock, and Melissa (friend James) Tellock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Patricia Kiesow.

A special thank you to his friends Hank and Roger, and the many friends who reached out to George and supported him throughout his life.

Thank you to Compassus Hospice for all the loving support.

A celebration of life is being arranged at a future date.



Published by Appleton Post-Crescent from May 6 to May 7, 2021.
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13 Entries
El and Tom and all the kids.
May 9, 2021
Rest in peace, Dear George. This earthly world has certainly lost a big and kind heart.
I will always appreciate the fun family memories you provided while growing up in Neenah.
I know my life is a little better having had you in it.
Nick Hassler
Family
May 5, 2021
We will forever remember Geo as a gentle and kind soul who lived life in a heart-felt, humble way for the benefit of his dear family and many close friends. Rest in peace and serenity, you sweet poetry man.
Brian & Lori Baldauf
Friend
May 4, 2021
Thank you George for bringing us so much happiness & love.
May God hold you in His arms as He welcomes you eternal peace & Celebration of your Life!
Becky Hassler
Family
May 4, 2021
To my Cousin George & his family, I had the privilege to grow up with George. I will always hold close all the wonderful memories at the Raveno that I was fortunate to share with George & his family. What an absolute best time & cherished memories I hold of George along with his loving family. I can remember running around the banquet hall & on the stage playing pool,darts, & on the pinball machines. I recognize what a beautiful gift that experience was of George always making sure we were all having a good time. I look back at what a great time my parents & relatives were all having due to the hospitality of George & his family. Myself & most of my siblings were fortunate enough to get the chance to work at the Raveno. What a valuable life lesson that was. I can see George behind the bar with his Dad Ralph making everyone smile & laugh. I have the best memories with George, Tim & Kelly with Patsy taking us all to the local Stare Fair each summer. Plus all the great memories we shared with George growing up & going to the Schulz cottages to swim & play together. Along with all the family gatherings. Who could forget how Uncle Mike Micali would make George bust out in laughter as his face would light up & smile. I will never forget the time Aunt Mary Micali was in town from NY & we drove to see George at the bar he was working at in Milwaukee. Needless to say George showed us a great time as he always did because my brother Nick ended up leaving the bar with my Aunt Mary’s bright pink blazer on. Lol!! What I realize that mattered to George the most are his children & his family along with the natural ability to want to make other people happy. When you were around George you left wanting to be a nicer person. His kindness was genuine. Thank you George for all the happiness you brought to myself, my family & your friends over the years. May you Rest In Peace with God in Heaven.
Becky Hassler
Family
May 4, 2021
A kind and beautiful soul who will be greatly missed!
Sarah Day
Friend
May 4, 2021
Geo would often greet me with the quip, "Slap my hand Black soul man!" I will miss the many good times we shared, on and off the water, or sitting on each others bars. We shared and we cared. Long casts my friend.
Jonathan Maye-Cates
Friend
May 3, 2021
Many fine memories competing in the Milwaukee poetry slams, and hearing your fine verses as well. RIP my friend.
Eric Griswold
Friend
May 3, 2021
Very sorry to hear about Geo. He was an original, and a kind soul. He created the perfect world behind the bar at the Y-Not II, bringing in great energy with his personality (as well as the Poetry slams and some fantastic bands). He'll be missed.
Tim
Acquaintance
May 3, 2021
Sorry to hear of George's passing. I have fond memories of working at Raveno with George and the rest of the Kiesow family. You were always guaranteed an evening of laughs and pranks when George was around. Sending thought and prayers.
Sue (Jensen) Memler
Friend
May 3, 2021
The world has certainly lost one of its great people. Geo really touched so many people through his poetry, funny stories about his children, and always made the sad and lonely of Milwaukee feel not so sad and not so lonely. Rest in peace. I'm so grateful to have known you.
Laura Sippel (Martinez)
Friend
May 3, 2021
A gentle and kind soul. He left us a life to be remembered.
Ed Foxe
Friend
May 3, 2021
Very sorry to hear of George passing. Remember back in the day at Raveno working with him . He has the record for going thru allenville the fastest on way to pool in winneconne lol was allways a joy hanging out and working with the kiesow family!!!
Duane Pavlak
Friend
May 2, 2021
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