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Polka band leader
Services were held Saturday at the Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Home in Sussex
for Kenneth Hottenroth, a longtime polka band leader in southeastern Wisconsin.
Hottenroth died Wednesday about 30 minutes after being stung by a bee in the
backyard of his home in Hustiford. He was 55.
Hottenroth, who was a tool and die maker at Vulcan Industries in Germantown,
had been the leader of the Kenny Hottenroth Orchestra for about 35 years.
His wife, Deborah, said her husband played at many clubs in Sussex, Menomonee
Falls, Germantown, and Richfield. Hottenroth played the accordion, and the other
two band members played guitar and drums, she said.
The band made several recordings and also performed regularly on WTKM-FM
(104.9), a Hartford radio station. Deborah Hottenroth said. The band's
performance at the Dodge County Fair Aug. 19 was carried live on the station.
"He had a lot of people who followed his band and his music," Deborah
Hottenroth said. "He was a wonderful husband and man. He provided very well for
us. He worked all the time."
The band performed Sunday at the Cedar Creek Inn in Cedarburg. "The hall was
full," Deborah Hottenroth said. "There were lots of friends and relatives."
In addition to his wife, Hottenroth is survived by three sons, Kenny, Jim and
Joe; two daughters, Jenny and Kim; his parents, Jerry and Marcella Hottenroth;
two brothers, Jerome and Charles; two sisters, Mildred and Dorothy; nieces and
Burial for Hottenroth was at Sunnyside Cemetery.
source: The Milwaukee Journal, September 2, 1989, page 4.
||Jun. 24, 1934
||Aug. 30, 1989
Of Iron Ridge Aug. 30, 1989 Age 55 yrs. Beloved husband of Deborah (nee
Van Pietersom). Father of Jenny (Randy) Schumacher, Kim (Rick) Sullivan,
Kenny II (Sue), Jim, Joe. Son of Jerry and Marcella Hottenroth.
Son-in-law of John and Arlene Van Pietersom. Brother of Jerome (Pat),
Charles (Fay), Mildred (Richard) Winzek, Dorothy (David) Przybylski.
Grandfather of Aaron Schumacher. Further survived by nieces, nephews,
other relatives and friends.
Funeral services Sat. 7 pm at the Funeral Home. Visitation 4 pm until
time of services. Interment Sunnyside Cemetery. Kenny was the leader of
the Kenny Hottenroth Orchestra.
Schmidt & Bartelt, A. A. Schmidt & Sons, Hwy J and W (Main St.) Sussex
Published in The Milwaukee Journal – Sept. 1, 1989
||Dec. 30, 1951
||Jul. 15, 2012
Hottenroth, Deborah (Nee Van Pietersom) Age 60. Passed away on July 15,
2012. She was born on December 30, 1951 in WI to John and Arlene (nee
Dallman) Van Pietersom. She is survived by her son Joseph (Tracie) Lueck;
grandchildren Austin Mottl and Ashlynn Lueck; long-time companion Dennis
Helm; father John; brother John Van Pietersom; extended family Jason
Helm, Joel Helm, Jody (Mike) Gersonde, Aiden and Ellyanna Gersonde. She
is further survived by nieces Carly (Michael) Kemmeter, Laura and
Sherry; nephew Brandon Van Pietersom; one great-niece Makayla and one
great-nephew Evan. Deborah is preceded in death by her mother Arlene;
brother Kevin Van Pietersom, and husband Kenneth Hottenroth. The family
would like to give a special thank you to the caregivers throughout the
years and Virginia Highlands for their compassionate care. Graveside
services will be held on Wednesday, July 18, at 11AM, at Sunnyside
Cemetery (19166 W. Main St.), in Lannon, WI. The Phillip Funeral Home of
West Bend is assisting the family (262) 338-2050
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on July 17, 2012
WISCONSIN POLKA BOOSTERS CLUB Presents Kenny Hottenroth And His Orchestra,
Jim Brunner and The “Rhythmaires” SEE US AT THE WAUKESHA COUNTY FAIR SATURDAY
2-6 PM. source: Waukesha Daily Freeman from Waukesha, Wisconsin · Page 9,
Friday, July 14, 1972
Spring dance of the Hartland Sportsman’s Club, Saturday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at
the Bon Aire Club, Pewaukee. Music by the Kenny Hottenroth Orchestra. Open to
the public. source: Waukesha Daily Freeman from Waukesha, Wisconsin · Page 23,
Wednesday, April 17, 1974
Ken Hottenroth, the former Sussex Jaycee
president, village president and band leader, died suddenly at the age of 55 on
Aug. 30, 1989, after he was stung by a bee. source Sussex Sun, September 1989
April 23, 2015 -
My dad, Kenny Hottenroth did several recordings with KL Recording Service,
recording both in the studio and remote, A lot of remote recordings were done
through WTKM in Hartford, they still have some recordings on file and a lot of
information you are looking for.
John Denston/Denzin - drummer, that played in the Kenny Hottenroth Orchestra
[See note below from Mike Truttschel]
Mike Truttschel June 13, 2015 via FB Message
I was looking through the website and
noticed the name John Denston and that he was a drummer for
Kenny Hottenroth. I'm not completely sure about this but
there was a local cop by the name of John Denzin and he was
a drummer. He had kids that were my age that went to St.
James so we were not close in age. This could be the same
guy. I wonder if Fred Keller might have any recollections
about him. John Denzin lived on Townline Rd. just south of
Good Hope Rd. on the hill. Later on I think he was a Lannon
An interesting story about John Denzin....
In the early 1980's my band Dark Star was playing for a
party in Menomonee Park. There was a complaint from one of
the neighbors that the music was too loud. John was on
patrol and came over to tell us to turn down. He was very
cool about it saying he understood how it was because he was
also a musician. I asked him "what instrument do you play?"
He said that he was a drummer so I asked him if he wanted to
sit in for a few songs so he did. He was pretty good. We
didn't hear of any complaints the rest of the night.
Hi Mike, my name is Kim Hottenroth-Christoperson, I learned from my mom Betty L Hottenroth
, and Brother Jim Hottenroth
that you are looking for Historical information related to musical talent resulting from John Sutte's music lab at Hamilton High school. I was a 1979 graduate of Hamilton, I took Sutte's classes for three of the four years in H.S. Myself and Don Cornell were two chosen Seniors in 1979 to produce and perform our own musical show/concert completely of our own... making. Two separate shows. We were allowed to pick our own choices of songs, our stage lighting and back drops, the people who we wanted to perform with us. From start to finish we were in charge of our own production. My show occurred on May 24, 1979, Don's was on the 30th. I still have the original crude concert announcements from both of our shows. My show included the musical talent of Sally Wallace, Debbie Kanapka, Sarah Mooney, and Chris ?, (Don't remember her last name). I played guitar, piano and vocals, Sally, Debbie, & Chris played guitar and vocals, Sarah was vocals. I have several pictures of my show, and pictures of Other events kids were involved in, and two of John Sutte. One outing in particular I remember was taking a bus to Maple Ave. School and performing for students. Debbie Kanapka, Sally Wallace and I performed there and at many times in Sutte's music lab. The song I remember vividly performing at the grade school was Puff the Magic Dragon. We did some great harmonies together back then. We had an article and our picture in the Sussex Sun which I wish I would have kept. We performed a variety of folk songs, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Stones, and several other artists of the time.
I am sure I can dig up some memorable items for you if you're interested. I do also have an old 45 in storage of I believe George Pievich from Hamilton. I believe the song is "Strange Like Me", but I'll have to get back to you on that once I find it.