Alois Joseph Serwe
October 25, 1930 – May 3, 2016
Alois J. Serwe, Ashford, died Tuesday, May 3 at the age of 85. He was baptized Aloysius Joseph and known as Al, Ollie, Albert, Big Al, Swerve, Chief, Alwis, Uncle Al, Grandpa or Dad, depending on how you knew him. He was born on October 25, 1930 to Mathias and Veronica (nee Schill) Serwe.
After graduating from St. Martin School in Ashford, he began farming, as his father was in ill health and passed away in 1950. Uncle Sam had other ideas though, and drafted Al in 1956. He served as a supply clerk at Fort Lee, Virginia.
After being assigned there, he called his girlfriend Mary Ann Scheid and asked her to come south and marry him. They were wed in Hopewell, Virginia on November 10, 1956. In the Army, he earned his GED, two years of credit from Columbia University, and completed the five-year agriculture program at Moraine Park Technical College. After his stint in the Army was up, the couple returned to Wisconsin to run the farm.
Al was a 4th generation and lifelong member of St. Martin Parish, serving as trustee and as a member of the cemetery board. He was a short-time player and avid fan of Rock River baseball and fixture at Campbellsport High School football and basketball games, helping out as a scout during Coach Roger Turchany’s years as head basketball coach. In 1989, the Campbellsport Cougar Club presented him with its Spirit Award. Al was also a member of the American Legion and The Catholic Knights.
Al was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann (nee Scheid), infant son, John, and daughter Cheryl and brother-in-law David Scheid. He is survived by his son Joe, Ashford, daughter Judy (Jim) Kneiszel of De Pere, grandsons Henry and Wilson Kneiszel, sisters Lucy (Richy) Steinacker of Fond du Lac and Cathy (Lee) Reindl of Lomira, and sister-in-law Linda (Dave) Scheid of McFarland, plus nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, May 16th at 11:00 AM at St. Martin’s Catholic Chapel, Ashford (N1271 Minnie Lane, Campbellsport). Burial of Al’s Cremains will follow in St. Martin’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday May 15 from 5 to 8 PM at the Twohig Funeral Home, 109 W. Main St. Campbellsport and on Monday May 16th from 10 AM until time of mass at the church. Memorials may be directed to St. Martin’s Chapel.
Twohig Funeral home, Campbellsport, is serving the family with online condolences and guestbook at www.twohigfunerals.com.