Frederick Kummer

Frederick Jacob Kummer

Thursday, January 27th, 1927 - Friday, August 21st, 2020
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Frederick Jacob Kummer, of Janesville, died peacefully on Friday, August 21, 2020 at the age of 93, having had family surround him with love in his last days. He was an exceptional husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather and was adored by all.
Fred “Fritz” was born in Monroe on January 27, 1927, son of Swiss immigrants Ernest and Anna (Krebs) Kummer. He was raised on a farm in Rock City, Illinois and spoke only Swiss until he started school. He graduated from Orangeville High School, his high school yearbook highlighting him as a ‘top-notch racecar driver”.
After high school, he began his successful career as a cheese maker, eventually leading to co-ownership of Franklin Cheese Factory in Green County, where he won many awards for his Swiss cheese.
Fred met the love of his life, Evelyn Mae Mellenberger, at Turner Hall in Monroe. On June 19, 1949 (Father’s Day) at Peace United Church in Browntown, they began their 71 wonderful years together as husband and wife, raising 4 children.
In 1962, Fred and Evelyn moved their family to Janesville, where he began his 26-year career as a driver for JATCO. After retiring in 1989, Fred and Evelyn wintered for 23 years in Gold Canyon, Arizona, where they met many wonderful friends. Fred and Evelyn loved to travel. They enjoyed trips to Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, and Europe. Their two trips traveling through Europe were both highlighted with wonderful family visits in Switzerland.
Throughout the course of his life, Fred enjoyed many activities, such as roller skating, bowling, dancing, bike riding, shuffleboard, playing games, exploring the desert and meeting friends for coffee. He also enjoyed participating in the Monroe Cheese Days parade and riding on the retired cheesemakers float.
Fred was a member of the First Congregational UCC, Teamsters Local 579, a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose, and a past board member for the Teamsters Credit Union.
Most importantly, Fred enjoyed time with his family and loved ones. He was known for keeping the swiss traditions alive. All of his children knew how to polka dance by the time they could walk and family gatherings always consisted of Swiss-German cuisine.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; 3 children: Kristine (David) Craigo of Castle Pines, CO, Cynthia (Craig) Bjelde of Middleton, and Paul Kummer of Aurora, CO; 6 grandchildren: Sarah (Wayne) Tietmeyer, Allison (Aaron) Susdorf, Megan Bjelde, Zachary Craigo, Alexandra (Jason) Leep, and Chase (Hallie) Craigo; 4 great grandchildren: Jacob, Alexa, Hudson, and Lindy; a brother, John (Shirley) Kummer of Monticello; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Kathleen Kay McCormack.
The Kummer family would like to express their sincere gratitude to both the Cedar Crest and Agrace Hospice staff for the comforting professional care they provided to Fred during his final days with us.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on October 5, 2020 at the WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, Janesville. Rev. Tanya Sadagopan will preside and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe. Visitation will take place on October 5, 2020 from 10:00 AM until the hour of service at the WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME. Memorials can be made in Frederick’s name to Cedar Crest or Agrace Hospice of Janesville. For on-line condolences:
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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 5th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, October 5th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
    21 S. Austin Rd.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53548
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  • Service

    Monday, October 5th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, October 5th, 2020 11:00am
    Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
    21 S. Austin Rd.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53548
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  • Interment

    Greenwood Cemetery
    1907 29th Ave
    MONROE, WI 53566
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Karon R Michel

Posted at 08:33pm
Fred will love & watch over you forever. When it is your turn to join him, he will greet you with open arms. Till then talk to him, he will hear you.

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Diane Lux

Posted at 06:15pm
Our sympathy to you, Evelyn, and your family. Fred was a great person - great memories playing cards!

Diane and Jerry Lux

Debbie Anderegg

Posted at 06:02pm
Deepest sympathies to your family for your loss. We have fond memories of your family gatherings at the Glarner Stube. May your memories bring you comfort always.
Debbie Anderegg & Gary Westby

Cynthia L. Bjelde Posted at 12:03pm

Thank You Debbie & Gary! We have wonderful fond memories of family celebrations and gatherings at the Glarner Stube. Such a special place for us. Sincerely, Evelyn, Kris Craigo & family, Cindy Bjelde & family & Paul Kummer

Therese Traut

Posted at 09:36pm
Evelyn, I cry for and with you and the rest of the family. I treasure the time I knew Fred and I'm so sorry it's been so long since I was able to give him a hug and a kiss on the cheek. Take care of yourself until I see you next. All my love.

Barbara Kaiser

Posted at 03:06pm
Evelyn and family, My deepest sympathy to all of you. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Fred will be missed by all who were fortunate to know him. I'm just a phone call away if you need anything. Hugs and kisses being sent to you!!

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