Kenneth A. Schumacher

Kenneth A. Schumacher

MADISON-Kenneth A. Schumacher, 91, died on November 3, 2014 in his hometown of Madison, WI.

He was born February 28, 1923 to Hugo and Anna Schumacher.

Off to war in WWII, he was a proud and decorated Army veteran, going ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day, though he rarely spoke of those tough days. Upon his return he worked at the Madison Kipp before becoming a fireman and then moving on to work in the Advertising Print Shop at Oscar Mayer, where he worked until his retirement.

Discovering late in life an interest in travel, Mr. Schumacher traveled to Italy, the Holy Land, Greece, Morocco, China, and Mexico. He was always happy to return home to Madison, where his interests included family, gardening, music, and community service. A member of the parish at St. Bernard’s of Madison since childhood, he sang tenor in the choir for over 50 years, even after his stroke in 1999. As a Master Gardener, he was elected President of the Dane County Master Gardeners. He devoted much of his time and energy to gardens all around the East Side, worked with the Madison Herb Society, and was an advocate for the creation of the many bike paths in the city. He volunteered with the R.E.A.D.I (Retired Employees Are Dedicated Individuals) group from Oscar Mayer. In 1994 he donated funds to the Olbrich Gardens for the creation of a library dedicated to his parents. He was always involved in 6-8 organizations at any one time, and shared his heart and his humor with all he met.

Mr. Schumacher is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 68 years, Regina Schumacher; four sons, Phil (Linda), Eugene, Danny and Greg; two daughters, Katy (David) and Mary; a daughter-in-law, Susan; and one sister, Mary Ann (Karl) Kleeman; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son Peter and daughter Jayne Peterson, as well as brothers Marv, Roger, and Stan, and sisters Thelma and Norma.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 7, 2014 at ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2450 Atwood Avenue, with Fr. Michael Radowicz presiding. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church on Friday.

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