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“I had the pleasure of meeting John this past March when a number of us gathered to meet with some UW-Madison grad students who were conducting...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Fred Klaeser - Chilton, WI

“Erika, Dan, DJ and Cory, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father and grandfather. From the story in the obit your father sounds like an...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Barb and Rick Schneider - Chilton, WI

“Erica and family: Sorry for the loss of your Dad and Husband and Grandfather. His obit showed that he was a very strong man. Keep the memories in...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Doris - Chilton, WI - friend

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you always cherish the wonderful memories that you have of dad/grandpa. Ed and Deb Rollmann ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Ed Rollmann

“Dan, Erika, and family,Sending my deepest sympathy at the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort knowing that others are thinking of you...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Judy Woelfel - New Holstein, WI

“I'm so sorry to hear of your grandpa's death.I did not know him, but I'm sure knowing You guys-DJ and Cory- that he was a special person. You are in...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: LaVerne Schmidt - Chilton, WI

“DJ & Cory, so sorry to hear of the loss of your grandpa. I was totally impressed reading of his life story. I am certain you of very proud of his...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Kevin Johnson - Chilton


John Haberstroh, age 89, of Chilton, died on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the Chilton Care Center in Chilton. He was born October 29, 1923 in Kiskeresztur, Hungary, son of the late Andrew & Katherine (Guth) Haberstroh. He was raised on his parents' farm and at the age of 19 began serving in the German Military. He was taken prisoner in Austria by the English and was put into a prison camp in Italy for 4 or 5 months. Upon his release, he went back to Hungary where he was again taken prisoner for 3 years in Budapest. John was considered a war criminal during that time of imprisonment. His uncle would bring bacon to him to put on top of the food he was given since the soup and corn he ate was normally awful. He was released from prison and spent one week in Budapest before traveling back to Kiskeresztur, Hungary where he stayed with relatives. After a short time, John left his parents' place and went to Stuttgart where he did street construction and later worked with the fire department in a metal factory. During his time in Germany, he married Agnes Bitto in 1952 and following the birth of their daughter, the couple began making preparations to come to the United States. They traveled to Munich and began filling out paper work for 4 weeks. Once everything was finalized, they sailed for 2 weeks on the Berlene before landing in New York. John and Agnes settled in Milwaukee where they began to learn English. In 1967, they bought the Thunderbird Motel in Chilton which they operated for 25 years. In 1971, John & Agnes became United States Citizens, and 2 years later, their daughter Erika became a Citizen of the United States. While in Chilton, John also worked 3 years at Chilton Metal Products. John & Agnes enjoyed traveling together. They visited Hungary once, numerous visits to Frankfurt & Stuttgart where family still resides, and they visited nearly every state in the Union. One of their favorite spots was Las Vegas. John also enjoyed playing cards, visiting with family and friends, and taking trips to the. Casino. He especially enjoyed time spent with his 2 grandsons. Nothing brought him more joy than to watch them grow through life. He was very proud of them both. Survivors include his wife: Agnes of Chilton; a daughter: Erika (Daniel) Mortimer of California; 2 grandchildren: DJ & Cory Mortimer; and 2 sisters: Franziska Berger and Elizabeth Schmeler. Funeral service will be at 11:30 am on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (54 E. Main St.) with the Rev. Bob Kollath officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 9:30 am until 11:30 am on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 when the service will be held. The family would like to thank the entire Calumet County Hospice Agency, especially Faye Wollersheim, for all of their loving, compassionate care.