James T. BogenschuetzJune 2, 1939 ~ September 16, 2017 (age 78)
James (Jim) T. Bogenschuetz, age 78 of Sheboygan, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center with his loving family beside him.
Jim was born on June 2, 1939 in Sheboygan, a son of the late Clarence and Rose (Schuler) Bogenschuetz. He attended schools in Sheboygan and graduated from Sheboygan Central High School, class of 1958. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1958 through 1961. Jim was married to Dorothy Schmitt on October 26, 1962 in Cleveland and was later married to Diane TenPas on August 7, 1982 in Hingham. His fiancé of 24 years, Mary Jane Hoffman, preceded him in death in October of 2015. For two years he worked at Gabe’s Construction Company and then for 40 years at Nemschoff Chairs, Inc where he was a talented upholsterer, taking great pride in his work as he worked alongside his brother, Jerry. He retired from Nemschoff on April 2, 2003. In his free time Jim enjoyed following his grandchildren’s activities, maintaining a meticulous yard, playing horseshoes, snowmobiling, and fishing. Jim worked tirelessly to help anyone with anything, especially with projects around the house. Most recently, as mobility declined, he created devices to allow him to continue his projects or meet a need with the care and detail he was used to. He greatly enjoyed sports and was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Wisconsin Badgers and NASCAR races. His smile, twinkle in his eye, and ability to make you feel like you were the most important person in the room will be dearly missed.
Jim was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church and the Upholsterers International Union 133 where he served as a steward and financial officer for 24 years. He was also a member of various Sheepshead card clubs for over 50 years, including the Schuler Men’s Cousins’ Club, the First Cousins’ Club, and the Anniversary Card Club.
Jim is survived by his sons, Michael (Georgia)Bogenschuetz of Abrams, WI, David Bogenschuetz (Vicki Johns) and Nathan (Tamara) Bogenschuetz both of Plymouth; his daughters, Kathryn Kultgen (Tom Mullenaux) of Colorado Springs, CO and Sherri (Dan) Stengel of Sheboygan; his grandchildren, Alan Kultgen (fiance Beth Kolb), Kimberly (Michael) Espinoza, Carrina (Brandon) Gornall, Taylor Bogenschuetz, Brayden Stengel, Owen Stengel, Colin Stengel, Brayden Bogenschuetz and Chase Bogenschuetz; a step granddaughter, Alyssa Berger; great grandchildren, Alexander and Clare Gornall and Madilyn Kultgen; his brothers, Gerald (Joan) Bogenschuetz of Sheboygan Falls and Donald (Lynn) Bogenschuetz of Sheboygan; his sisters, Sr. Patricia Bogenschuetz of Milwaukee, Ann (Gary) Specht of Sheboygan, Mary (Michael) Murphy of Sheboygan Falls, and Jean (Mark) Corrigan of Green Bay and a brother-in-law, William Wagner of Sheboygan Falls; and his special friend, Audrey Nikisch of Sheboygan. Nieces, nephews, godchildren and other relatives and friends also survive. Along with his parents and fiancé, he was preceded in death by a sister, Karen Wagner and a brother, Joseph Bogenschuetz.
A Memorial Mass for Jim will be held 12 Noon, Friday, September 29 at St. Dominic Catholic Church with Fr. Matthew Widder as celebrant. Family and friends may gather for a time of visitation on Friday morning at the church, N. 21st St. and Geele Ave, Sheboygan from 9 AM until the time of Mass at 12 Noon. Entombment will take place at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.
Memorials in Jim’s name may be directed to the Froedtert Hospital Foundation’s cancer genetic research program.
Jim’s children would like to extend a thank you and express their appreciation to Audrey for the friendship, compassion, and laughter she shared with him, as well as the doctors and nurses that cared for him. Jim always said thank you and never ended a conversation without saying “I love you”. We could all learn from his example. We’re going to miss you dad!