Nicholas M. Steinmetz

Nicholas M. Steinmetz, age 92, of Chilton, died on February 19, 2022, at his home. He was born January 18, 1930, son of the late Anthony and Irene Steinmetz. He joined the United States Army in 1951, and served as a mechanic in Germany during the Korean War. The skills he learned he used the rest of his life. 

Nic married Joyce Ninneman on April 26, 1969, and took her kids in as his own. They were married 29 years until her death in 1996. He found love again and on December 27, 2003, he married Janet Meyer, extending his family further with her children. They spent 18 wonderful years together until his passing.

Nic was good with his hands and tools, and worked most of his life as a mechanic. He worked for Lanser in Belgium, WI, before and after his service in the Army, then joined the Bley Brothers in 1960. Eventually he worked for Jem Motors (later Cooleys) and stayed with them for 52 years! He got into the hobby of woodworking during his private time, and spent a lot of time in his shop working on elaborate, hand-carved masterpieces,

Nic was a kind and patient man, and he never complained. He was proud of serving his country and enjoyed the camaraderie among fellow veterans. He was an active member of the Random Lake American Legion, earning recognition for 66 years of service with them, as well as being a member of veterans groups in Marytown. 

Nic is survived by his wife, Janet; step-daughters with Joyce: Janet (Jerry) Beck, Mary (Fred) Sepstead, Margaret (Dan) Miller; step-daughters with Janet: Debra Mueller (special friend, Eldred Buechel), Sandra (John) Lefeber, Darlene (Ken) Danes, Linda (James) Koenigs, and Donna (Stephen) Keifenheim; step-sons with Joyce: Terry (Edna) Ninneman, Thomas (Lavern) Ninneman, Robert (Mary) Ninneman, Jon (Margy) Ninneman;  step-sons with Janet:  Dennis (Deann) Meyer, James (Julie) Meyer, and Ronald (Laurie) Meyer; many grandchildren; many many great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; sister: Helen Burkel; sister-in-law: Beverly Steinmetz; and nieces and nephews.

Nic was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce; his parents: Anthony and Irene Steinmetz; a step-daughter and both of her husbands: Lila Andrews, Alfred Christensen, and Keith Andrews; step-son: James Ninneman; and brothers: Eugene (Harriet) Steinmetz and Charles Steinmetz. 

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Marytown with Fr. Randall Knauf officiating. Friends may call from 3:30 pm until 7:30 pm on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at the Wieting Family Funeral Home in Chilton, and again from 9:00 am until 10:45 am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Marytown on the day of service. Vigil prayers will occur at 7:30 pm on Wednesday night at the funeral home. A committal service will be held around 3:30 pm on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at St. Nicholas Catholic Cemetery in Dacada, WI. Those who wish to watch a recording of the service, see a memorial video in Nic’s honor, or view flowers given to the family, please click HERE

The family would like to extend special thank you’s to all of the family that helped during this difficult time, Fr. Randy, Dr. Ben Dellaria and Kim, Sharon Richardson Hospice, veterans that will be providing honors, and the Marytown Choir.