Sylvester H. "Wimp" Zahringer

  • Born: February 7, 1924
  • Died: January 3, 2013
  • Location: Stockbridge, Wisconsin

Wieting Family Funeral Home Inc

411 W. Main Street
Chilton, WI 53014

Tel. (920) 849-4941

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Sylvester H. "Wimp" Zahringer, age 88, of Stockbridge, died on Thursday, January 03, 2013, at his home in the Town of Stockbridge. He was born February 7, 1924 in the Town of Stockbridge, son of the late William & Clara (Daniels) Zahringer. Sylvester honorably served his country at the end of WWII in the United States Army. Following his discharge, he returned to the Stockbridge area where he married the love of his life, Doris Hemauer, on June 12, 1952. Until his retirement in the late 1990's, he farmed in the Stockbridge area and worked a time for J&E Construction. Wimp was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge, the Stockbridge American Legion, and was a longtime member of the Brickyard Fishing Club. He enjoyed hunting & fishing, and looked forward to a good game of Poker or Sheepshead when he and Doris held card club. Sylvester also treasured the trips he was able to take to the Grandview 'Hilton', his cabin located up north with all of the amenities he could ask for. Wimp was the king of one-liners and often had something comical to say while visiting with friend or stranger; chances are if you had ever had a conversation with him, you left with a new nickname. Survivors include his wife: Doris; his children: Jane (Charlie) Propson, Laura (Bill) Baldock, Barb (David) Woelfel, Bill (Donna) Zahringer, Gary (Debbie) Zahringer, Tom (Amy) Zahringer, Julie (Dean) Schroeder; 21 grandchildren: Dan, Tina (Ken), Nathan (Shantel), Tara (Nick), Becka, Spring, Nick (Anna), Shane (Shari) Eric (Amanda), Wes, Melissa, Zachary, Andy (Jennie), Tracy (Bryan), Brad, Jeff, Angela, Kati, Kristi (Matt), Jill (Mike), Mitchell; 21 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Dorothy Zahringer, Rosemary (Robert) Parsons, Betty Hemauer, Dorothy Hemauer; and a brother-in-law: John (Jean) Hemauer. Wimp is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and 3 brothers and 2 sisters: Matt Zahringer, Hugo Zahringer, Martha Schoen, Emma Zahringer, and Art Zahringer. He was further preceded in death by numerous in-laws. Funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Monday, January 7, 2013 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge with the Rev. Michael Betley officiating. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 pm on Sunday, January 6, 2013 and on Monday at the church from 9:00 am until 10:30 am. A Parish Vigil Service will be held Sunday afternoon at the Wieting Family Funeral Home beginning at 4:00 pm.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Doris and family,
My condolances to you all, and may you find comfort in your memories. Wimp was truly a good man as evidenced by his quick smile, heartfelt hello, and never an unkind word. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Marcia (keuler) Weber - Kaukauna, WI   January 07, 2013

Dear Zahringer Family,

My sincerest sympathies to Aunt Doris and all of my cousins . My Uncle "Wimp" brought such happiness into so many lives. He was a great man. I too have so many wonderful memories of him. I considered it an honor and priviledge to be his nephew. We will truly miss his smile, laugh and twinkle in his eye. God bless you all and may he forever rest in peace.


John, Jody, Hannah, Sofia and Gianna Hemauer

Posted by John Hemauer - West Bend, WI - Nephew   January 07, 2013

Dear Doris and family:
We just heard that Uncle Sylvester had died on Thur. We were so sorry to hear the sad news. Because we are spending a few winter months in So. Carolina, we are unable to attend the services on Mon. May God be with you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Ken and Rosann

Posted by Ken and Rosann Hemauer - West Bend, WI - nephew   January 07, 2013

Dear Doris and Family,
Doris, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time..may God Bless You and help you thru this..Whimp was a geat family man and will be truly missed by all...

Posted by mary hemauer criter    January 06, 2013

Doris and all,our sincerest condolences from don and gloria-remember the
Gobblers Knob!

Posted by Don & Gloria Hemauer    January 06, 2013

Traci and I would like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Wimpy will truely be missed and will always be remembered in our hearts. Hopefully our memories and our faith will help bring comfort through this time of grieving.
I consider myself to be a very fortunate person to have spent some fun times with Sylvester working with him at J&E Construction, where he called me his " Little Buddy". Whether we were telling stories, jokes or enjoying a cool beverage, he always had a way of making you feel good. He genuinely cared for his family and friends and wasn't afraid to show it. He gave us all an example of how important life is with our families and friends and that we should live our lives to its' fullest, regardless of our challenges or misfortunes. It truley is a privilage and an honor to know such a wonderful loving and caring person. His great sense of humor and his love for life has obviously been passed on through his family and shows that Wimpy will live on even after his passing. I will remember him always.

Posted by Terry Ecker - Chilton, WI - Friend   January 06, 2013


Whimp, You will be truly missed! I have known you for as long as I can remember and you always had a sweet word for me. I don't know how I ever got the name, Stoney, but you always made it sound so cool. You rest in piece and try to keep all the friends under control up there. Rest in peace.

Posted by Roxanne Moon Bieck - CHILTON, WI - Friend   January 06, 2013

I'll never forget when Wimp used to babysit me and we would eat cold "wieners" (hot dogs) together. He was always very warm and welcoming to me. My thoughts go out to the whole family and community. You were all blessed with a great man in your life.

Posted by Mike Wagner - St. Paul, MN - Friend   January 05, 2013

Wimp you were an amazing man!!! Heaven has gained an amazing angel. I cant believe that your are gone You will never be forgotten... My you rest in peace. THoughts are with your family and friends.

Posted by amanda clark - Chilton, WI - Family _ Friend   January 05, 2013

My deepest sympathies to all the Zahringer family. What a legacy in love and one-liners he has left behind. Many blessings to you.

Posted by Kerry Wilson - Plymouth, WI   January 05, 2013

My codolences. I always enjoyed listening to Wimp's great stories. He was one of a kind and will be missed.

Posted by Dave Stilp - Newark, OH   January 05, 2013

I am sorry to read that Wimp passed. I remember the good times we had with him.
Florence Evers

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2013

My Symathy to the Family, Wimp left you all a great legacy, Cherish the memories. He was an amazing man, never a bad word to say about anyone, Im pretty sure my father will be waiting to greet him with a cool one....

Posted by Judy Marose Hidde - Rhinelander, WI - Friend of Family   January 04, 2013


Tara and family,So sorry to hear about the passing of your grandpa.My condolences to all of you.You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Sue Cosentino - Athelstane, WI - friend   January 04, 2013

Dear Zahringer Family -

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Wimp - what a great man and neighbor. Never Forgotten.

I, personally, remember as a little girl - all the great times Julie and I had playing, the chickens, picking stones and sitting on the front porch talking with Doris and Wimp.

Warmly - Bernice, Pat, Jim, Tim and Lisa Grogan

Posted by A friend   January 04, 2013

May your beloved uncle rest in peace, Sr. Carolyn, and may all who mourn his absence from earthly life be comforted by our loving God.

Posted by Sally Ann Brickner - Green Bay, WI   January 04, 2013

my condolences to the zahringer family. wimp was one of my favorite people. never a bad word and always a great humor. ienjoyed shocking grain for wimp and art and doris's fabulous meals. i will truly miss him. he was an "original".

Posted by bill keuler - madison, WI   January 04, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. I feel honored to have known Whimp and will treasure our "shake of the day" visits.

Posted by Lynn Tasch - Stockbridge, WI   January 04, 2013

We want to send our sincere sympathy to Doris and family. I have many wonderful childhood memories spending time with Barb and the family, especially riding the big draft horses. Wimp always had a smile on his face and was never short of hilarious one-liners. May you find comfort in all the happy memories of Wimp. We are sending prayers your way.

Posted by Ginger and Artie Woelfel - Hilbert, WI - Family friend   January 04, 2013

Doris & family,Memories are thought of today as I think of the days of Babe Ruth,Barb & I living together, Wimps sense of humor, just to name a few.Many years of wonderful memories will last a lifetime for you all.To the very special family that he has given us to enjoy, we send our love.Dave & Suzi.......

Posted by Dave & Suzi Bowe - Stockbridge, WI - Friend of the Family   January 04, 2013


Love and Prayers,


Posted by Shelley Guelig - Yukon, OK - Great-Niece   January 04, 2013

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