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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

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May 20, 1958 – November 11, 2017

Lou Kinjerski, 59 of Schofield passed away Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at Ministry Saint Clare’s, Weston after a courageous fight with cancer.

Louis was born to parents Joe and Mabel (Smidel) Kinjerski of Kewaunee, WI. He attended Holy Rosary Elementary School and graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1976.

He had two beloved children, his son, Eric (Jenny) of Algoma, and his daughter Shannon. He moved to Schofield, WI in 1989 after falling in love, and married Linda (Olson) Glentis on May 27th, 1994; in celebration, they exchanged vows for a second time July 23, 1994. Louie embraced Linda’s three wonderful children as his own; Aaron (Leah) Lewandoski of Whitefish Bay, Angela Dees of Weston, and Amy (Mike) Korpela of Weston. Family was his top priority. Lou was patient, giving, thoughtful, and taught the value of hard work and the appreciation for others.

Over the years the family grew and Lou became “Papa Lou” and Papa adored and cherished each of his eight beautiful grandchildren. Corbin and Keller Kinjerski of Algoma, Abby and Brody Lewandoski of Whitefish Bay, Lilly and Lilah Dees of Weston, and Hayden and Bennett Korpela of Weston. Lou always had room for a grandchild to snuggle on his lap in his favorite chair, which was known to the grandkids as “Papa’s chair”.

His family also consisted of strong and supportive brothers and sisters who were there whenever he needed them, Gloria (Greg) Habeck of Kewaunee; Bill (special friend Shirley Kust) Kinjerski of Kewaunee; Dan (Pam) Kinjerski of Wausaukee; Gary (Lynn) Kinjerski of Kewaunee; Roger (Dionne) Kinjerski of Kewaunee; Richard (Chris) Kinjerski of Mishicot; Ron (Joanne) Kinjerski of Kewaunee; Wayne (Dawn) Kinjerski of Kewaunee; Dean (Tina) Kinjerski of Kewaunee; and his brother in-law Charlie Rohr of Kewaunee. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews, all who he held a special place in his heart. Louie was preceded in death by his father, Joseph I. Kinjerski; sister, Jane (Charlie) Rohr; and his precious daughter, Shannon Jade Kinjerski.

Over the years Lou drove semi-truck, was a general laborer, and worked in maintenance or servicing at Kewaunee Bottling Company, Vollrath Company, Warehousing of Wisconsin, Granite Peak and lastly Service Master.

In his early days he enjoyed fishing, working on cars, and participating in the demolition derbies as part of the Kewaunee County Fair celebrations. Later in life Lou kept busy fixing, remodeling, and building anything from small crafts as part of a small home business with his wife; to larger projects such as the backyard gazebo. He will be remembered as an amazing host who would fire up the grill for BBQ’s where friends and family gathered. Many memories were made around the fire pit under the stars sharing stories and laughter. Lou’s door was always open to everyone who wanted to stop by and say hello, where he would greet you with a cold beverage to enjoy.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Brainard Funeral Home-Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston, WI 54476. Visitation will take place from 11:00 am until the time of services.

Our grateful thanks to the staff of the Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Ministry Saint Clare’s, Marshfield Clinic Weston Center, Marshfield Hospital, and Hospice.

A special thank you to the Weston Oncology and Radiation Oncology staff and team for their compassion and care.

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  1. Karen Mielke

    11/12/2017 at 1:27 pm

    Linda, thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. Your husband put up a strong battle over time and can now rest in peace.

  2. Judy Schoch

    11/12/2017 at 1:27 pm

    Amy — We extend our sympathy to you, your mom and all of your family. We know this is a sad and difficult time but we also know that faith and friendship will sustain you as it has throughout this precious journey. May God bless you all generously with love and peace.
    Larry & Judy Schoch

  3. Kay Lewandoski

    11/12/2017 at 1:27 pm

    So sorry for you loss, Linda and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    John & Kay Lewandoski

  4. Ed and Brenda Stauske

    11/12/2017 at 1:27 pm

    So Sorry for you loss Linda and Family. I know you fought the cancer as much as possible. The Lord never gives us more than we can bear so he is in good hands now. Love you and praying for you and entire family for strength through Christ our Lord and Savior. Piece be unto you.
    In our prayers,
    Ed and Brenda Stauske

  5. Glenda Smith

    11/12/2017 at 1:27 pm

    My sincere sympathy to Louie’s family.

  6. Mike Skalitzky

    11/12/2017 at 1:27 pm

    Condolences to Louie’s family and friends. I’m sure he will be remembered for a long time.

  7. Janette A Maxwell

    11/12/2017 at 1:27 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear that our friend Louie is gone. A daughter that goes before your father is a very difficult task to accept. Louie rest easy with Jesus there’s no more suffering now. Amen love your friend Jake fleschner

  8. Marilee Lowman

    11/12/2017 at 1:27 pm

    I was in attendance at Linda and Louie ‘s wedding celebration. They had a love that glowed and everyone around them were affected emotionally because of it. Please accept my deepest sympathies in this great loss. My thoughts are with you, Linda. As are my prayers for you and your family to find your way back from your loss. Louie may now rest in the arms of Jesus’ peace and love.

  9. Jennifer Will

    11/12/2017 at 1:27 pm

    Condolences to Aaron and all of Lou’s family. Aaron spoke very highly of Lou. He sounds like a wonderful man who will be truly missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Debbie Lewitzke

    11/12/2017 at 1:27 pm

    Lou will be truly missed. He was the best caring, kind hearted person I’ll ever meet. I enjoyed my visits to see Linda’s crafts and what Lou was up to. He was very talented in the wood area. I will always cherish my wood spindles he made for me for my crafts. My heart goes out to Linda and her family!! Love you guys, and I know Lou will be watching over you from above!!!!

  11. Chris Revoir

    11/12/2017 at 1:27 pm

    Louie will be truly truly missed by everyone he touched he was a great family member and me and Dan always enjoyed our visits to Wausau and the good times spent with him and Linda sitting outside and laughing the night away. Our hearts go out to you Linda and all his family.