Of Brookfield. Found peace on Sunday, May 13th at the age of 83 years. He was born April 28, 1935 to Stefan and Barbara Blum in Neu Palanka, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). Having spent his childhood enduring the atrocities of World War II and it’s after-affects, he, his parents, sister and grandmother escaped to Germany in 1947. He spent his formative years living and learning in Augsburg, Germany. At age 14 he became a tool and die apprentice. In 1956, he and his family immigrated to the United States, settling in Milwaukee Wisconsin. That same year, he met Anna Kisler. They would marry on July 4th, 1959. They were later blessed with two children, Robert and Mary Ann.
Stefan was a tool and die maker at Allis Charmers and General Machine and a tool engineer at Siemens Allis and Pressed Steel Tank. Consecutively, he was a successful entrepreneur. He was the owner and operator of Stefan’s Driving School, which helped many in the immigrant community become drivers. He also owned and operated ABS Design and Manufacturing along with ABS Investments.
He was a long-time member of the Milwaukee Donauschwaben. He and Anna spent many Saturday nights at the Schwabenhof dancing the night away with their friends on table 23 and 24. He loved the outdoors – fishing on Rock River, hunting in Westfield and walking thru the woods. He loved his family dearly.
Loving husband of Anna, father of Robert (Jan) Blum, Mary Ann (Jim) MacGillis. Proud Ota of Nikole (Adam) Lyons, Katie Blum, Jakob Blum, Max MacGillis, and Olivia MacGillis along with four great-grandchildren – Domanick, Gabriel, Blake & Eden. Also survived by his sister Theresia (Daniel) Milling, sisters in law Maria Kiefer and Maria Kisler, along with nieces and nephews.
It was a long battle, he fought bravely, eternal peace was more than earned.
Visitation at the Becker Ritter Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 16th from 4:00 until 7:00. Prayer vigil to be held at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, May 17th at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. (12130 West Center Street, Wauwatosa). Please meet at church. Entombment to follow at Wisconsin Memorial Park.