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Max D. Rosplock, age 93, passed away on the family farm in the Town of Scott on September 9, 2023, with his two daughters by his side.
Born on March 31, 1930 at home to the late Max Frank and Caroline M. (nee Mahnke) Rosplock in Milwaukee, WI. He was baptized Max David Rosplock and was the eldest of five children. Max attended Milwaukee Public School grades 1 thru 8. He attended Catechism class at Holy Redeemer Parish. He received his First Holy Communion and was confirmed as a young adult, under the guidance of Father Joseph Fischer, his Pastor. After grade school, Max attended Boys Tech, but sometime before finishing there, Max applied for an apprenticeship with the Milwaukee Carpenters Union. He was accepted and he applied his skills even with one eye due to birth injury. Max was hired by Jeffer’s Mill Work of Milwaukee. He earned the title of Master Cabinet Maker and later Mr. Jeffers’ made Max a foreman in his company. While Max was working as a Cabinet Maker and Foreman, Max’s friends were enlisting into various Military Branches due to the Cold War situation. Max was American proud and applied to all branches of the Military even the Coast Guard in Milwaukee on Lake Michigan, however Max was turned down due to his birth injury to his eye. On September 7, 1951 he joined the Carpenters Union Local 344. It was during the early 50s that Max bought land in the NW part of Milwaukee near 92th and Hampton Ave. His intention was to build a home for his parents. Max built a two story, four- bedroom cape cod home having no electricity near by or even running city water. The family moved in and were Charter Members of St. Margaret Mary which was located on 92nd and Capital in 1955. Max met his sweetheart Grace Maxine Krieger, RN on the steps of Milwaukee’s VA Home as she was leaving for home after her shift. Introduced by one of Max’s friends, the two started dating and were married on October 12, 1958 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in West Allis. Now instead of building another home, Max’s family decided that Max and his bride have the home that he built. Never having a car of their own, Max’s family traveled by bus and were always welcomed at Max and Grace’s home. Max continued to work for Jeffers, until one day he took a new job with a large construction company. He began working on big projects not homes and family dwellings as before. His skill with blueprint reading and design got him Foreman jobs and he did work on many important and known structures in Greater Milwaukee and throughout Southeast Wisconsin. Some jobs were the First Wisconsin Building, in it’s very beginning, the Milwaukee Post Office in Downtown, St. Mary’s Hospital on the Lakefront, Quad Graphics in Sussex and Lomira. In Washington County, West Bend, Max worked as a foreman at the downtown Westbury Bank. He completed the job by raising the flag pole outside the building. In the spring of 1968 Max and Grace bought the farm in the Town of Scott. The family moved there in August of 1974. Every weekend and off day from work, except holidays, the family traveled from their home in Milwaukee to Kewaskum to work on the farm. Max was busy renovating the old farmhouse for Mom. Even though the farmhouse wasn’t finished completely, the home was always filled with love. Max, Grace, and the family loved being “on the farm.” It was a place to roam and grow; experience the good things and feel safe. Max hobby farmed before his retirement. He raised beef cattle from calves to market; “grass fed beef.” He did structural maintenance to the farm house and barn and out buildings; always planning the next project. Max retired in 1995 from Berghammer Corporation. He went out with a bang as he put it, because one of his workers got some fireworks and treated Max to the surprise show. Once retired Dad had time to do things he always wanted to do, so he said. He continued hobby farming but ended that when both Max and Grace’s health was a concern. This brought with it more time to spend with each other and less labor. He took Grace to their “Shack up North” where he once hunted and now spent time fishing, while Mom relaxed in the quiet of the woods. While being home bodies most of the time, the family often came to them instead of them traveling long distances. Max loved spending time with his family especially at Christmas. We tried too always be together then. He had a simple star he made with white lights and it was Christmas when that was hung outside. In August 2021, Dad was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. From that point on he stood strong and lived his time left here with us with courage and an unending amount of love for us.
Max always said he had some important friends and why they would want to hang with him, he didn’t know. As a youth he went hunting, traveling by Milwaukee bus to the end of the line with his gun and ammo and walking to Butler and Lannon to hunt on public land. Max was a paperboy, delivering 164 papers for the Milwaukee Journal every day, seven days a week. Earning extra money for the family was important to Max. A friend took him to Florida by car and they lived off orange juice. They never made it to Key West yet Max was able to see the United States. He wanted to go to Alaska with friends but could not afford it. Many of Max’s friends graduated from college. They became medical professionals, environmentalist working for National Geographic, technologist working with sound waves and electricity, and company owners who made things we take for granted today.
Those left to cherish Max’s memory include his two daughters, Linda Sue (Mark) Enright and Jane Anne (Robert) Foeckler; five grandchildren, Nicole (Todd) Krahn, Daniel (fiancé Nicole Meloy) Enright, Patrick Enright, Lauren Foeckler, and Jacob Foeckler; three great grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Clayborne and Florence Murr; two sisters-in-law, Kathleen Krieger and Sharon Fullington; cousin, Bonnie (Dennis) Walling; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents and wife, Max is preceded in death by his infant son, Stephen Rosplock; two brothers, John Rosplock and David Rosplock; brothers-in-law, Robert Murr and Jim Fullington; cousin, Norman Mahnke; parents-in-law, Phillip and Cathrine Krieger; other aunts, uncles, and close friends.
VISITATION: Max’s family will greet relatives and friends on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at St. Matthias Catholic Church, N1081 County Road S, New Fane, WI, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: A Mass of Christian burial will follow visitation for Max at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at St. Matthias Catholic Church, N1081 County Road S, New Fane, with Father Patrick Magnor saying mass and leading us in prayer at the Burial immediately after in the church’s cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to plant a tree in memory of Max or donate to a Veterans organization of your choice. A celebration of Max’s life will take place at a later date.
Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service has been entrusted with Max’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book can be found at www.myrhum-patten.com
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