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Paul Fleischmann and Family

Former Sussex Village President dies at age 85

Fleischmann also served as a Sussex Lion for 56 years

Paul J. Fleischmann, 85, a former longtime Sussex Village President and Sussex Lions Club member died Friday, Feb. 25.

Fleischmann was born in 1925 to Arnold and Rosella Fleischmann. The family was into subsistence farming in a series of locations during the depression; his boyhood home still stands on Cedar Circle. As a youngster in Sussex and on a farm, he experienced milking cows, digging red beets and pitch-forking pea vines onto a truck bound for the local Mammoth Spring Canning Company.

Fleischmann's father died in 1936, and his mother was not capable of sustaining the family and turned them over to their grandparents George and Barb Fleischmann.

At the age of 11, Fleischmann enrolled in Sussex Main Street School graduating from eighth grade in 1940. He continued his education at Sussex Jr. High School in 1942. While in the Sussex Jr. High School, he played basketball and baseball. Little did he know that in 1988-90, that he would be a prime player in saving the Main Street School from demolition in his role as Sussex village president.

Four years out of Sussex Jr. High School, Fleischmann married a farmer's daughter, Marion Hill on June 29, 1946. Paul and Marion shortly took over as herdsmen for the then-Wisconsin Golden Guernsey Milk Jug on Bluemound Road. He also held jobs as a local milk hauler for a number of years, a member of the Waukesha County Public Works where he became a supervisor retiring in December of 1988. After retirement, Fleishmann also was employed for a short time at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home.

He joined the Sussex Fire Department in 1956 serving until 1983. He joined the Sussex Lions Club in 1954 and was a member for 56 years serving as president in 1962-63. Fleischmann was very proud of his perfect attendance at Sussex Lions' monthly meetings.

During his service with the club, Fleischmann helped with the Lynndale Farms racing championships where the Lions sold food and beverages. Although this event turned out to be a failure, it ultimately led to the very successful Lions Daze festival that originated in 1967.

In other Lions activities, he served as zone chairman when the Lannon Lions acquired its Lions Club and he was on the committee that helped set up the Sussex Lions flag football program. Recognizing his contributions, the Lions awarded him the Melvin Jones Fellowship that recognizes donations of $1,000 to the foundation and he was also given the Birch-Sturm Fellowship which recognizes individuals who exemplify dedication and commitment to Lionism.

Fleischmann's joiner spirit got him into local politics as he ran for the Sussex Village Board in 1960 and won. He served the village for 32 years between 1960 and 1993 only being out of office one year. Overall he served 13 years as village president and 19 as a village trustee. His years as the village president were 1974-1981 and then again from 1987-1993. During his time as a village official, Fleischmann was present at three ground-breaking ceremonies for successive Sussex waste water treatment plants.

Paul Fleischmann's children are JoAnn (Robert) Swanson and Jean (James) Dibb. He is survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation was held Tuesday at Schimdt & Bartelt Funeral Home.


Fleischmann, Paul J. Of Sussex. Friday, February 25, 2011. Age 85 years. Beloved husband of the Marion (nee Hill) for 62 years. Loving father of JoAnn (Robert) Swanson and Jean (James) Dibb. Proud grandfather of Roberta (Michael) Gorzek, Rebecca (John) Mathaus, Tamara (fiancÚ Jacob Janczak) Dibb and Kelsey (Justin Scale) Dibb. Great grandfather of Benjamin, Samuel and Carolyn Gorzek, Madison Mathaus and Zoe Czernisz. Brother of Francis (Josephine) and Harold (Elnora) Fleischmann. Also survived by his godchild Jodi Marx other relatives and friends. Visitation Tuesday, March 1, at the funeral from 4PM until time of Funeral Service at 7PM. Private entombment Wisconsin Memorial Park. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Katie and Jennifer and the caring staff at Heritage Court. And also thank Dr. Vic and Odyssey Hospice. Paul was retired from the Waukesha County Highway Dept. and the Sussex Fire Dept. He was a past President of the Village of Sussex and Trustee. A member of the Sussex Lions Club for 56 years and proud recipient of the Melvin Jones and Birch Sturm awards. Paul also was a dedicated employee for Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Service.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Paul J.Fleischmann Of Sussex. Friday February 25, 2011. Age 85 years. Beloved husband of the Marion (nee Hill) for 62 years. Loving father of JoAnn (Robert) Swanson and Jean (James) Dibb. Proud grandfather of Roberta (Michael) Gorzek, Rebecca (John) Mathaus, Tamara (fiancÚ Jacob Janczak) Dibb and Kelsey (Justin Scale) Dibb. Great grandfather of Benjamin, Samuel and Carolyn Gorzek, Madison Mathaus and Zoe Czernisz. Brother of Francis (Josephine) and Harold (Elnora) Fleischmann. Also survived by his godchild Jodi Marx other relatives and friends.

Visitation Tuesday March 1, at the funeral from 4PM until time of Funeral Service at 7PM. Private entombment Wisconsin Memorial Park. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Katie and Jennifer and the caring staff at Heritage Court. And also thank Dr. Vic and Odyssey Hospice. Paul was retired from the Waukesha County Highway Dept. and the Sussex Fire Dept. He was a past President of the Village of Sussex and Trustee. A member of the Sussex Lions Club for 56 years and proud recipient of the Melvin Jones and Birch Sturm awards. Paul also was a dedicated employee for Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Service. Memorials to Sussex Methodist Church, the Lions Foundation or the Alzheimer Assn. are appreciated.

Source - Living Sussex Sun


Halquist employee retires after 63 years

After 63 years, Francis "Porky" Fleischmann has retired from work at Halquist Quarry. In the process he has set the record for the quarry that opened 83 years ago in 1929.

Fleischmann started right after high school on Sept. 27, 1947, and then worked until 2011, when he took off to heal from a shoulder injury, but at the age of 83, he decided to pull the plug and retire.

In 1997, there was a big party in Village Park when Fleischmann reached 50 years with the company. Then in 2007, there was a 60th anniversary party and in 2011, when he took medical leave, hoping to come back, there was no party of finally retiring.

That was rectified on Aug. 28 when more than 100 people showed up to celebrate Fleischmann's 63 years of employment at the Halquist quarry. The party was held throughout the company headquarters and a lot of old-timers showed up to see a really old-timer off.

Halquist is the longest, continuous commercial business in Lisbon's history going on 84 years. Throughout its existence, four generations of Halquists have run it. The first was founder John Halquist followed by Al, Ronnie, Bud and Perry. The fourth generation is Bill and Tom Halquist now at the helm.

The company is famous for throwing retirement parties for a large group of longtime employees the most famous being Doug Johns at 46 years and Jim Sheehan at 41 years. But now Fleishmann will reign as the longest employed.

Fleischmann said he doesn't know how he acquired his nickname, Porky. "I was never fat or porky, but somehow I got that name," he said. It stayed with him when he was in Sussex Main Street Grade School, and it doesn't seem to bother him.

Fleischmann was born in Delafield on Jan. 20, 1928, to Arnold and Rosella Fleischmann. His father was a share cropper subsistence farmer who moved from farm to farm until he died in 1936, when Francis was 8 years old. He was the middle child of five children.

With the loss of the family's breadwinner, Rosella turned over the children to grandparents, George and Barb Fleischmann of Sussex who lived on a dairy farm where east Sunset Drive, Cedar Circle and Hickory Drive are today. The old homestead on Cedar Circle still stands today shrouded behind over-grown trees. It was a tough life for the brood. Francis learned farm chores from milking to digging up beets for the local canning company and how to use a pitch fork to throw pea vines from the ground onto the wagon for delivery.

Coming to Sussex meant going to Sussex Main Street School starting in third grade and graduating in 1942 from eighth grade. He then attended two-year Sussex High School finishing in 1944. Unlike some of his brothers, he went on to finish his four years in high school at Menomonee Falls graduating class of 1946.

Fleischmann was remembered at Sussex High School as a basketball and softball player and also as a contributor to the school newspaper, The Courier. In his final two years of high school at Menomonee Falls he had to go through Lannon and he met local girl, Pauline Gastrau. Just out of high school they married in 1948. Rev. Francis Finnegan at St. James Catholic Church officiated. They were married for 49 years and remained members of St. James.

After high school, Fleischmann knocked around at various local jobs and played on the Sussex Land O'Rivers baseball team with Butch Hart on the championship team. In 1951, he signed up to transfer to the Lannon Land O'Lakes team, a league one step higher than Land O'Rivers. He would become a longtime player and coach of the Lannon LOL team which was on a mission of earning league championships and grand championships. Lannon turned the trick in 1953, '54, '56, '58, '61 and '63 when Fleischmann finally gave up baseball.

"I played nine positions and mostly at catcher and outfield. I also played shortstop and first base at times. I played wherever someone was gone. Shupe DeChrisofaro, manager, would stick me somewhere," he said.

"Probably the first grand championship was the biggest thrill. One year our catcher, Jim Smith, was hurt. I caught the championship game against Muskego. I had three hits to help win the game," Fleischmann continued.

He started working at Halquist in 1947 as a laborer earning $1 an hour. Owner Al Halquist quickly noted the quality and dedication of his work and within a week his pay was increased 10 percent. His main role for many years was as yard man.

Months later he married Pauline and they lived on the east side of Maple Avenue, the grandparent's home where they paid room and board. In the mid-1950s, they bought a starter home in Lannon. "It had no heat and no indoor plumbing," said Fleischmann. They stayed there for more than a decade and then built a home on Forestview Drive in Lannon around 1969. They raised three children and after 49 years of marriage, Pauline died in 1997.

A few years later, Fleischmann remarried a former Halquist officer worker, Jo, who died earlier this year.

One of the big reasons Fleischmann said he worked at Halquist for 63 years was, "His hobby was Halquist," according to Perry Halquist. He added, "Francis was dedicated to the company. He would often come here at 4 a.m. in the morning many days to get things started."

Fleischmann said it all, "I got up, went to work, went back home," and tomorrow was another day.

 

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