Clem J. Romenesko, age 88, died unexpectedly and peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 30, 2000. Clem was born February 6, 1911 in Freedom, Wisconsin. He was the son of Anna (Conrad) and Joseph Romenesko. He married Alice Baumann of Mackville on November 2, 1933, and recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. Settling in Kaukauna, he worked at Thilmany Paper Mill until purchasing a farm in 1942. At that time, he also built his own livestock business which he operated as a dealer and shipper for forty years. In 1957 they moved to Appleton at their present address where he owned and operated the Appleton Meat Packing Company, and in 1963 built the Romenesko Mobile Home Park. Clem retired from the livestock business in 1980 and continued to operate the mobile home park until 1996.
An avid Packer fan and hunter, he still bagged a deer in the 1999 season, and was well known for his sense of humor quick wit. Clem enjoyed polka dancing each week Alice, and hunting and socializing with his nephew Wimpy and his wife Muggs.
He is survived by his wife: Alice; nine children: Ron, Lee (Darlene), June Geiger, and Noreen (Tommie) Thomas, all of Appleton; others include Bonnie (Richard) Byford of Toronto, Canada; Del J. of Greensboro, North Carolina; Dean of Los Angeles; Neil of Stevens Point, and Bev of Plainville, Connecticut. Further survivors include seven grandchildren: Brenda (Joe) Nicolais and Bruce (Chris) Romenesko of Appleton; Sue (Jason) Marshall and Sarah Byford of Canada; Joy (Jeff) Sim of Virginia; Dawn (John) Grote of Washington, DC; and Sonya (Schilcher) of Appleton. His great-grandchildren include Lexi Sim; Jason and Brittany Romenesko; Stephanie and Aaron Nickolais; a sister: Lillian Van Dan Hoven of Kaukauna.
He was preceded in death by his son, Wenzel Romenesko and a daughter Susan Marie. Other relatives were brothers John and Walter; and five sisters: Pauline, Mathilda, Florence, Marion, and Gladys.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, February 4, 2000 at 11:00 AM at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1810 N. McDonald Street in Appleton, with Fr. Gerald R. Falk officiating. Lunch will be served immediately following the service. Friends may call on Wednesday, February 3, 2000 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Wichmann Funeral Home in Appleton. Burial will take place in spring at Holy Cross Cemetery in Kaukauna. There will be a parish prayer and scripture service at the funeral home at 7:00 PM Wednesday.
The family would like to thank the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department, Fr. Falk, and Sister Betty for their kindness and compassion. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established for St. Thomas More Catholic Church.