John Hemauer

John T. Hemauer, 88, of New Holstein passed away Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 at Ascension Calumet Hospital in Chilton.

He was born Jan. 29, 1933 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton to John and Rose (Nadler) Hemauer. John attended grade school at St. Mary Catholic Grade School in Stockbridge and attended two years at Stockbridge High School prior to moving to New Holstein. He graduated from New Holstein High School in 1951. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he studied and played football.

On June 22, 1957 he married Jean Kautzer at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in New Holstein. In 1960 John and Jean purchased the drive-in on the south end of New Holstein and named it Hemauer’s Drive-In. They owned the drive-in for nine years. In 1956 John also began working at the Arps Corp. in New Holstein, which later became Amerequip. John retired from Amerequip as quality control manager in 1998.

He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in New Holstein, where he served on the School Board for many years, was a song leader and sang in the church choir. John was a charter member of the New Holstein Lions Club where he served as a past president, secretary and tail twister. He also was an active member of the Holy Name Society and the New Holstein Knights of Columbus Council 12393. He took pride in maintaining the messages on the New Holstein city message board in front of the firehouse for many years.

John was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He held season tickets since 1957, attended the famous Ice Bowl, and was in attendance at Super Bowl II in Miami and Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans. He enjoyed his golf and bowling leagues for many years. He also was active coaching baseball and umpiring softball games.

Survivors include his wife, Jean; his three children, Scott Hemauer of De Pere, Suzanne (Craig) Endres of Oak Creek and Ross Hemauer of Onalaska; seven grandchildren, Mackenzie, Gavin, Jacob and Myles Hemauer; and Caleb, Joshua and Nathan Endres; his sister, Doris Zahringer of Stockbridge; his sisters-in-law, Dorothy Hemauer of Sierra Vista, Arizona; Lois Hillmer of Two Rivers; Karen (Johnnie) Pinell of Colorado Springs; Mary (Charles) Smittkamp of Port Washington; and Ellen (Gene) Park of New Berlin; and his brother-in-law, John Kautzer of De Pere. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding him death were his parents, John and Rose Hemauer; four sisters; and nine brothers.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ascension Calumet Hospital in Chilton and Homestead Health Services in New Holstein for their compassion and care for John over this past week.

A Liturgy Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Friday, Dec. 3 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1724 Madison St., New Holstein. John will be laid to rest in the parish cemetery following the Mass.

Family and friends may visit with John’s family at Holy Rosary Church on Friday, Dec. 3 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

For further details please contact the Sippel Funeral Home in New Holstein at (920) 898-4300 or visit

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