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Don Schweiss

05/01/1939 - 02/17/2021
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Don Schweiss

May 1, 1939 - February 17, 2021

Don was best known for a smile on his face, a story to share, and his infectious laugh!! He was creative and artistic, and a very talented painter! He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, and boating! He so cherished is time with family, and creating games and activities for his young children, such as leaf forts, obstacle courses, haunted houses, and ice rinks! Don was wonderful with home projects! He was always happy to give family, friends, and neighbors a helping hand! 

Don was born on May 1, 1939, to Florian and Opal Schweiss, he had an older sister Mariann, a twin brother Danny, and a younger brother Richard. He grew up in Webster Groves, MO. He graduated from Webster Groves High in 1957. In 1961 he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Advertising Design from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. 

On June 3, 1961, Don married his high school sweetheart, Jeannie Munson. Don and Jeannie had five wonderful children: Linette, Claire, David, Karen, and Melissa. They moved to Neenah, WI from Long Island, NY in 1970 where he had been a Commercial Artist and Production Manager at McGraw Hill in New York, NY. Don and Jeannie were very involved with Riverside Players in Neenah, WI. For many years Don was a Set Designer, Scenic Painter, and Advertising Artist for Riverside Players. Don was a Service Director for Banta Corp for 25 years, retiring in August of 1996.

Don and Jeannie were divorced 1978, Don got remarried to Mary Lattimer in August of 1982, they were divorced 9 years later.

Don met Fran Leher in the Fall of 1992; they have been together ever since! They lived in Larsen, WI and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling together! He became a valued member of her family. Don was a very active member of The Boom Bay Heights Improvement Association, and the Lake Poygan Sportsmen’s Club.

Don is survived by his loving partner, Fran Leher; his daughters, Linette (Jeffery) Nys, Claire Schweiss, Karen (Randy) Flesch, Melissa “Mo” (Mark) Thomas; his nine grandchildren, Kelsey (Mitch) Rady, Haley (Sam) Bertram, Cooper Flesch, Kacey Nys, Garrett (Rachel) Zoromski, Grant Zoromski, Morgan Thomas, Thatcher Thomas, and Westley Thomas; his three great-grandchildren, Sawyer Rady, Finn Rady, and William Bertram.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Florian and Opal Schweiss; his beloved son, David A. Schweiss; and his twin brother, Danny Schweiss.

A visitation for family and friends will be on Monday, February 22, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home 904 E. Main St. Winneconne. There will be no services on Monday. Cremation will follow. A private funeral service will be held and interment with military honors will be at the Lakeview Cemetery, town of Wolf River.

If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.

Julia Roettiger wrote on February 24, 2021
Hugs to you and your sisters, Mo. I think your father's legacy will be celebrated every time you smile and every time you approach life with your characteristic enthusiasm. This beautiful tribute makes it clear he has been a blessing on the world

Karen Hertz-Sumnicht wrote on February 23, 2021
To all the Schweiss Family and especially Karen and Lynette, my heart goes out to you as you mourn the passing of your dad. I hope that fond memories, good times, creative adventures and love will bring you peace. I am thinking of you at this difficult time. Karen

mark thomas wrote on February 23, 2021
Letting the all the wonderful Schweiss girls know the Thomas Tribe is with them in heart and sends much love from Virginia.

Melissa Simpson wrote on February 23, 2021
To Mo and family - I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. Lynette, Claire and Karen - we’ve never met but Mo has told me so much about her three wonderful sisters. We continue to pray for comfort and peace and send our love to you all from Virginia.

Kristine Condie wrote on February 23, 2021
Lifting your family in light and love. I pray that out of his glorious riches he strengthens you with his power through his spirit in your inner being~Ephesians

Kaye Rogers wrote on February 22, 2021
Fran and family, I am deeply sorry for your loss; his memory will remain with you for years and hopefully, bring you blessings and joy. Sincerely, Frank & Kaye Rogers

James Singer wrote on February 22, 2021
Fran I am truly sorry to hear of the passing of Don. :( I will say a prayer for him, you, and the rest of his family.

Jeff, Julie Laabs wrote on February 22, 2021
Sending prayers sorry for your loss.

Celeste Thomas wrote on February 20, 2021
Dear Mo and family: I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my heart and prayers during this difficult time. Hug one another for me. Love, Celeste

Patrick OBrien wrote on February 20, 2021
Fran I am sorry to hear of your loss. Even though I haven't seen you guys for quite some time I have great memories of the both of you. Don will be missed by all that knew him. May you RIP Don,

The McCalvys wrote on February 20, 2021
We send our prayers. So much to say about Don I wouldnt know where to start. We will always think of the times had..not the times missed. Until we meet again. Rest in peace. Fran let us know if we can help in any way. God bless

Mickey Krause in Belleair, FL wrote on February 20, 2021
I'm so sorry and sad over the loss of my dear Uncle Donny. My heart goes out to Fran, Linette, Karen, Mo, Claire and all their families and friends. Donny was a wonderful guy. A good man. I always enjoyed visiting with him, Fran and her brother when they'd visit Florida. I'll be there in Spirit for the visitation on Monday.

Gary and Jo Ann wrote on February 20, 2021
Thanks for all the memories. When we moved to Larsen you welcomed us with an open heart. Always enjoyed seeing you and Fran. It was the best of times. Our boat trips once a year were fantastic. RIP Don.

Peggy and Dan Benjamin wrote on February 20, 2021
Dear Fran, Lynette and family, we will miss Don and his great stories and smiles. Don sure was an amazing talented man. We were blessed meet up with you both in Florida last year . What a great time. So sorry for your loss Franny. We are here for you. God Bless and prayers.

Michelle, Doug & Seth Johnson wrote on February 19, 2021
Fran and families ~ So very sorry for your loss. Thank you for the beautiful obituary that taught us that Don had many more talents than we knew! We will remember the many smiling moments and pray that you all find peace and comfort in the lifetime of memories that he provided.

Pat Brink & Dwayne Jost wrote on February 19, 2021
My Dear Frannie, We are sooo sorry for your loss. Don was a wonderful, fun guy & always made us feel welcome. We will not be coming to the visitation because of Covid. I really want to be there to give you a big hug, but will do that when things are better. You are in our prayers & thoughts. If we can do ANYTHING for you, just give a call. We Love you very much! Pat & Dwayne.

Laurie Zink wrote on February 19, 2021
Fran, I am so sorry for your loss. Don was a great guy. I enjoyed listening to his stories when I would visit. Lynette, I am sorry for your loss, I know Don was like a Dad to you. You have alot of great memories of all the time you spent with Don. I know Don was a wonderful Grandpa to Angie and Eric. My sympathy to all of you. Rest in peace Don.

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