Edward H. Langer

Edward H. Langer

Edward H. Langer, a true patriarch, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 6th, 2014, at the Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Janesville with his proudest accomplishments, his wife, and children, by his side.

He led his life by demonstrating hard work, strength, and courage, all in the face of abundant adversity. He was 82.

Ed was born on the family farm on April 26, 1932, to Joseph and Anna (Wellnitz) Langer. He attended school through the eighth grade and then spent the rest of his youth working on the family farm. Ed married Mary Ann Vogel on May 5, 1956, at St. Patrick’s Church, Janesville, WI. During the course of their 58+ years together, they raised 10 children, six sons and four daughters; Debra (Cal) Bader, Evansville, WI, Mark (Anita) Langer, Edgerton, WI , Paul (Kellie) Langer, Helena, MT, Connie (Mark) Ledger, Edgerton, WI, James (Cindy) Langer, Edgerton, WI, Dale (Lisabeth) Langer, Milton, WI, Dan (Michelle) Langer, Janesville, WI, Karen (Mike) Gillingham, Delavan, WI, Mike (Brenda) Langer, Janesville, WI, and Barb Haun, Janesville, WI.

Those families made him the proud grandfather of 33 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He thoroughly enjoyed following the sporting and school events of his children and grandchildren. Edward served in the Army, from 1952-1954. He worked at General Motors Assembly Plant for 22 years. With the help of his children, he enjoyed farming, especially raising tobacco. He had a passion for tinkering with anything that needed repairing and his tenacity always brought him success. One of his fondest memories was the annual deer camp weekend in Necedah with his six sons. He was an avid fan of Dale Earnhardt, the Green Bay Packers, and the Milwaukee Brewers. He and Mary Ann took several notable trips, his most cherished were trips to Montana. Throughout his life, he participated in card clubs with many special friends. He was a member of the, Independent Order of Foresters, Catholic Foresters, and the Catholic Knights Insurance group for over 50 years. For the past several years, one could always find Ed and Mary Ann having breakfast at their favorite spot in Milton, Parkview Café.

Ed is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his sister, Cecelia Williams, brother, Harry (Betty) Langer, both of Edgerton, 3 sister in law; Mae Langer of Edgerton, Ramona Langer of Milton, Judy (Don) Hanson, of Janesville. He was preceded in death by his sister, Rose (Paul T.) Brown, brothers, Joseph and Martin, and brother-in-law, Robert (Earl) Williams.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at ST. MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, Milton, with Rev. David Timmerman officiating. A visitation will be held on Sunday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. with a 3:30 p.m. Scripture Service at SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Janesville. Lasting Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or Agrace HospiceCare, Inc.

Thank you to Dr. Patrick Sitorius for the years of care and dedication to Ed and our family.

A special thank you to family, friends and neighbors that supported us through this difficult time.

The family would also like to send a special thank you to the amazing staff at Agrace HospiceCare. “Sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.” We would like to send a special thank you to the Agrace staff for holding our hands and understanding our hearts during these last hours with our patriarch. We will forever be touched by your compassion.