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“Ellie, Dino and Family, I just came across this news, I am sorry for your loss. Joining Blackie in Walleye World. Bob and Karen Buhl ”
1 of 37 | Posted by: Bob and Karen Buhl - Mesa, AZ

“I wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to the family today! Even though I am miles away, I am near in spirit! I pray for the comfort and peace of...Read More »
2 of 37 | Posted by: Jackie Levknecht Vigier - WI

“I can still picture Bill behind that bar at the Central House, patiently giving me the best bartending and customer-pleasing lessons I've ever gotten...Read More »
3 of 37 | Posted by: Tom Koch - Houston, TX

“Bill was one of the nicest people you will ever come in contact with. Don't think he ever said a bad word about anybody, and if he did he said it in...Read More »
4 of 37 | Posted by: Mike Schmidlkofer - Wind Lake, WI

“Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. You are in our prayers ”
5 of 37 | Posted by: Larry & Barb Joas

“Ellie, Jim, Bobby, and David-My cousin Donna called me & told me your dad had passed away. I was very sorry to hear that. My memory of your dad was a...Read More »
6 of 37 | Posted by: Pauline Pairon Henry - Anderson, SC

“I will always remember the good times we had with you and Elaine. Florence Evers ”
7 of 37 | Posted by: A friend

“Sincere sympathy to all of Bill's family. He truly 'turned' the world around with his example of living and the family carries on that tradition. ...Read More »
8 of 37 | Posted by: Elaine Hessil

“I have a lot of great memories of Bill, Elaine and the Goeser Family.The time I went with Bill to the farm so Bill could clean catfish. He asked me...Read More »
9 of 37 | Posted by: Chuck Keuler - Kaukauna, WI

“I know you will miss the very special person that Bill was all his life. He lived life to the fullest and made great impressions on so many people. ...Read More »
10 of 37 | Posted by: Mike Thiel - Arpin, WI - Friend

“Our sympathy to the families of Bill. Sounds like he had a wonderful life here on earth. God bless his soul and may he rest in peace. Such fond...Read More »
11 of 37 | Posted by: Ann Konen

“So sorry to hear about the passing of Bill. He was a great story teller and introduced me to Bailey's Irish Cream. Worked with him at the Central...Read More »
12 of 37 | Posted by: Shelly (Peik) Buechel - WI

“I celebrate his life here on earth, and know that God will take care of him from now on and to all of you at this very uneasy time. Please know that...Read More »
13 of 37 | Posted by: Gayle Keel - New London, WI

“Dave, Kay and Family, Remember that when your heart seems empty, fill it with happy memories to help you find your smile! We are sending our...Read More »
14 of 37 | Posted by: Andrea Schmeichel - Neenah, WI

“So glad to have known him. So sorry for your loss but happy that you have the wonderful memories. Love you guys. ”
15 of 37 | Posted by: Tracie Mindel (Lisowe) - WI

“Dear Bob and Family, Although we don't know the family except through our dear friend Bob, we have heard hours of stories and feel as if we know you...Read More »
16 of 37 | Posted by: Tim and Patty Mack - New Orleans, LA

“I have such good memories of your father and your family when I was a child. My sincere sympathy to you all. Vicky ( Vanden Boom) Verbael ”
17 of 37 | Posted by: Vicky Verbael - Neenah, WI

“To Dave, Kay, Kristin and Madeline. My heart is so heavy with sadness for you all. 'Grampa' Bill meant so much to us and to our family. I always had...Read More »
18 of 37 | Posted by: Julie and Kevin Skogman - WI

“Nick our thoughts and prayers are with you ”
19 of 37 | Posted by: chip and katie mcdonald - WI

“Nick, So sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you. ”
20 of 37 | Posted by: Jake Vande Hey - Friend of Nick

“Dear Ellie, Dino, Alanna , Andy & Family, It was with sadness that I read of your dad/grandfather's passing. I first met Bill through Mark. They...Read More »
21 of 37 | Posted by: Lynn Michels

“Ellie & Family Sorry to hear of your great loss - lots of good memories including working the smelt fry's! You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
22 of 37 | Posted by: Rose Berlowski - Sheboygan Falls, WI

“I will always remember Bill as the class of all bartenders with a smile and a joke. It was always a nice surprise to run into him if he was...Read More »
23 of 37 | Posted by: Mike (Crazy) Boll

“My Dad Bill bought a cottage on the lake and we went to the Knob all the time. I can remember eating at the Gobblers Knob, Fridays for fish,...Read More »
24 of 37 | Posted by: Richard (Dick) Van Dalen - FL

“If only all bartenders left me happier than when I came in. Once you met Bill, you never forgot him. ”
25 of 37 | Posted by: Harry Boll - Menasha, WI

“I am sorry to say I never met your Dad Jim but I know what it's like to lose a father. Hope you smile with all the great memories of time spent with...Read More »
26 of 37 | Posted by: George Jorgensen - Manawa, WI

“I am sorry for your loss. My dad was Frank Goeser and he and Billy were first cousins. I have many memories of visiting at the farm on the "old...Read More »
27 of 37 | Posted by: Virginia "Ginny" Goeser Ames - AL

“Billy was a good man. We are sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Dwight and Carol Poppy ”
28 of 37 | Posted by: Carol Poppy - Chilton, WI

“To all the Goeser Family...I wish to express my sympathy in the loss of your father. Many people have fond memories of him. He leaves behind a legacy...Read More »
29 of 37 | Posted by: Lois Wagner-Forstner - Chilton, WI

“Growing up in Stockbridge I had the good fortune of a few great people/mentors. Bill was definitely one of those mentors. Bill allowed me to help...Read More »
30 of 37 | Posted by: Randy Bushman - WI - Friend

“To the family of Bill, Sorry for the loss of your dad. Your folks were both so awesome, I can remember your mom always making a little extra food...Read More »
31 of 37 | Posted by: Joe Thiel - Chilton, WI - Friend

“My deepest sympathies to all. I have very fond memories of your dad. From your dad taking Chuck to see the "shitass" at the farm :) to his feeding...Read More »
32 of 37 | Posted by: Kathy Keuler Kraus - Appleton

“Dino, Ellie, Andy, and Alana and family, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Grandpa/Dad/father-in-law. Bill was such a wonderful man, loved by...Read More »
33 of 37 | Posted by: Tony & Dianne Groeschl - Chilton, WI

“Dear Ellie and Family, My thoughts are with you in this very sad time..B ill was truly a very special person and everyone that knew him loved...Read More »
34 of 37 | Posted by: mary criter - WI

“Dear Ellie and Deno: OUr sympathy to you - Bill was one of those persons you could always have a great conversation with, and end up laughing your...Read More »
35 of 37 | Posted by: Dean and Alice Connors - Chilton, WI

“Our family is so sorry to hear of Bill's passing, ”
36 of 37 | Posted by: Carrie Bunnell - Chilton, WI

“Bill was a man that loved life, and it showed as he interacted with people of all ages, and all across the county. His smile and laugh will be...Read More »
37 of 37 | Posted by: Ed Rollmann


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William Theodore Goeser, age 90, of Stockbridge, walked gently to the open arms of God on Friday, December 7, 2012 at the Homestead Care Center in New Holstein. He was born November 27, 1922 in Stockbridge, son of the late Steven & Amelia (Hanke) Goeser. Having fought in the Philippines and New Guinea, Bill faithfully and valiantly served his country in the United States Army during WWII. Following his discharge, he returned to the states and rented the dance hall in Brothertown with his future brother-in-law, Francis "Fanny" Hemauer. He married the love of his life, Elaine Rose Hemauer on October 1, 1949 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge and the couple purchased the Gobbler's Knob in Stockbridge which they ran until their retirement in 1972. Because of Bill's congenial personality, retirement was really only a word. He was known as the best bartender in the Green Bay Diocese, and his skills and personality were in high demand at other local establishments. He worked for some time at the Old Mill, The Central House, and managed the restaurant and bar at the Boys Camp in Brothertown owned by the White Sox. He was a lifetime member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge, the Stockbridge American Legion, and the Stockbridge Fire Department. In his free time, Bill ran a hobby farm, loved raising animals, was an avid hunter and fisherman, and cherished every moment he could on the water of Lake Winnebago. Bill was a man of extremely strong faith and lived every moment of every day as it came. He was a quiet leader whose life was a living example of what love meant; the lessons he taught in his works were well learned by those he loved. Above all other things, he enjoyed the time he could spend with his family, especially away from the hustle and bustle of public life in the restaurant. Survivors include his children: James (Janette) Goeser, Robert Goeser, Ellen (Dean) Papendieck, David (Kay) Goeser; 6 grandchildren: Nicholas (Vicky) Goeser, Michael Goeser and his special friend, Erin Holmes, Andy Papendieck, Alanna (Juan) Ortiz, Kristin Goeser, Madeline Goeser; 2 great-grandchildren: Diego & Liliana Ortiz; and his in-laws: Rosemary Parsons, John Hemauer, and Doris Zahringer. He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife: Elaine; and his brothers and sisters: Carrie Stevens, Gertie Levknecht, Sylvia "Toots" Schroven, Paul Goeser, Greg Goeser, Nora Hawley, & Marie Mayer. Funeral service will be at 10:30 am on Monday, December 17, 2012 at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge with the Rev. Michael Betley officiating. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Sunday, December 16, 2012 and on Monday at the church from 9:00 am until 10:00 am. A Parish Vigil Service will take place on Sunday evening at the funeral home beginning at 7:00 pm. For their loving and professional care, Bill's family would like to thank the staff of Century Ridge, Homestead Care Center, Dr. Tipler, and the Hospice Nurses. A memorial fund has been established in the name of William Theodore Goeser.