Donald John Senzig Sr
CALEDONIA – Donald John Senzig Sr. Age 75, passed away at his home in Caledonia on Saturday July 3, 2004. Born May 24, 1929 in Mauston, WI. Son of Frank and Josephine Schneider Senzig of Lyndon Station, WI. On Saturday Oct 7, 1950 he married Adoree Larson at St Mary’s Church in Lyndon Station, WI. To this union were born eight children. He leaves to mourn, the wife he loved so much, his children, Donald, wife Dorothy K Dean Milwaukee. Vickie, husband Robert Elliott Caledonia; their children, Lisa & Andy Neustedter, great granddaughter Kyra; Amy & Kurt Hildebrandt, great grand daughter Rowan; Lee Elliott, Laura Elliott Caledonia. Robert, wife Barbara Germantown; grandsons Philip, and Michael. Rita, husband Eddie Higbee Puyallup, WA. Susan, husband Charles Malone Oak Creek. Walter, wife Christine So. Milwaukee, grandchildren, Timothy, Katie, Dan, Ben, Nick and Mitchell. Maggie Racine, grandchildren, Joleen Mutchie, Crystal Guthrie-Senzig, Justice and Vincent Melendez, foster grandchildren LaToya and Olivia Fields. Jon, his wife Wendy Racine, grandchildren, Lauren, Donovan, Hallie, Abigail and Adele. His family, Mother-in-law Opal Larson Mauston; brothers James Lyndon Station, Joseph, wife Elaine Milwaukee; sisters Margaret Manitowoc and Sr. Zita Assisi, Italy; Sister-in-law Marjorie Lyndon Station, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by his parents Frank and Josephine; brother Francis, brother Walter and wife Jeanette; sister Dorothy and husband Edgar Trader; father-in-law Donald Larson and beloved grandson Jonathan Mutchie.
Donald was a railroad conductor on the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific RR, the Milwaukee Road, the SOO Line, retired after 38 years in 1988 and continued as a proud UTU member for over 50 years. He fulfilled his military duty as a member of the 757th Railroad Shop Battalion. Don was self taught to repair TV and Radios, running a small repair business from his home in the early 50’s. We had the first color TV in the neighborhood; often inviting neighbors to watch the few programs that were in color on the TV he had repaired.
He had a wonderful mind, read voraciously, and was always looking for ways of improving the things he bought. He invented a stopwatch that automatically calculated train speed from passing mile markers using calculator parts. He created the “Senzig Intersperser” for Merchants Police, automatically interspersing local store advertisements into a central music program. In the early 50’s Don built a stereo receiver from a kit, and constructed the speaker cabinets for full fidelity sound. After retirement Don was involved in community service, volunteering at the Milwaukee Museum to help reconstruct dinosaurs. He was an usher at St. Louis Church, president of the Caddy Vista Sanitary District and as a member of St. Vincent DePaul he volunteered at the food pantry.
He was a proud father and a loving grandfather, and was delighted with his two great granddaughters. Don loved hunting with the Senzig family at the farm and the ensuing card games. He had a passion for fishing and longed to fish at the farm pond one more time.
Visitation at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 7, 2004, from 6:30-8:00PM. Parish prayer vigil at 8:00. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, July 8, 2004, 11:00AM at ST LOUIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 13207 Cty G, Caledonia, Hwy G and I-94, visitation at 10:00 AM until the time of mass.
Heritage Funeral Home
9200 So, 27th St 414-761-2750
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