Posted: Mon 2:38 PM, Jul 08, 2013
Funeral Home: Schmidt & Schulta
Norbert L. Kautza, 85, Aniwa, died on Friday, July 5, 2013 at his home. He was born on September 13, 1927 in Aniwa, the son of the late William and Frances (Wegner) Kautza. On May 30, 1951, Norbert was united in marriage to Rosella Stadler at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Aniwa. She preceded him in death on March 6, 2004.
Norbert was a United States Army Veteran serving during World War II. His first occupation was as school bus driver when he was a senior in high school. He picked up his fellow classmates along his route. Norbert farmed in Aniwa, was employed by Kautza’s IGA and Feed Mill for many years. Norbert also owned and operated Kautza Burial Vault Company for several years along with his brother, Don. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Aniwa and was cemetery sexton from 1953-2010. Norbert was very musical and played trumpet and saxophone for several polka bands for nearly 60 years; Blahnik Brothers, Ed Reissmann Band and ending his career with Louie Zdrazil Orchestra. Norbert served on the Aniwa Village Board for many years as president and the Shawano County Board for a combined 45 years. He most enjoyed the time spent on the Law Enforcement Committee and Community Programs Board. Norbert was instrumental in the development of the Aniwa Lake Park and new ball diamond.
In his retirement, Norbert most enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his children, Linda (Raliegh) Showens, McHenry, IL, Bill (Nancy) Kautza, Spencer, Jim (Mary) Kautza, Aniwa, Kevin (Sue) Kautza, Antigo, Carol (Doug) Smith, Ham Lake, MN, Tom Kautza and Rob Kautza both of Aniwa; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, Norbert was preceded in death by a brother Donald and two sisters, Carmen Person and Lorraine Luedtke.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11AM on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Aniwa. Fr. Anthony Ibekwe will officiate. Interment will be in the Parish Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 4PM-8PM at the Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood and again on Tuesday from 10AM until the time of service at the church. The family guestbook and condolences are available at schmidtschulta.com