Michael J. Lemke

  • Born: December 25, 1955
  • Died: July 12, 2019
  • Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Tel. (920) 885-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Michael J. Lemke, age 63, died from cancer on Friday, July 12, 2019 at SSM Health Hospice House in Baraboo.

There will be a memorial gathering for Michael at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in Juneau on Friday, July 19, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10:00 am to 10:50 am. There will be a memorial service at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in Juneau on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 11:00 am with Rev. Paul Schupmann officiating. Inurnment will be at Burnett Central Cemetery at a later date.

Michael Jay Lemke was born on December 25, 1955 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to Lloyd and Helen (Kienow) Lemke. He was baptized and confirmed at First Ev. Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam and graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1974. On June 3, 1977, Michael was united in marriage with Carol L. Drews in Dubuque, Iowa. Michael attended cosmetology school in Monona, Wisconsin; he worked in Monona for two years before moving to Juneau where he operated a salon for over 30 years. He enjoyed traveling with his wife throughout the United States and on cruises to Mexico. Michael was a gifted artist. He produced art work in various mediums and sold his works at arts and craft shows, gift shops, and the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association for 40 plus years. Michael also volunteered at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theater through the years where he enjoyed painting sets. He had a passion for gardening and enjoyed his extensive flower gardens for many years. Michael was a member of St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in Juneau.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Lemke of Beaver Dam; three siblings, David (Christine) Lemke of Beaver Dam, Patricia (Michael) Brunner of Marietta, GA, and Lawrence Lemke of Oak Grove; a sister-in-law, Delores (Eugene) Gentz of Juneau; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Michael was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Ray Drews.

If desired, memorials may be made in Michael Lemke's name to St. John's Lutheran School to be designated for art supplies.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Carol, My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.
Jan (Dusell) LaMont

Posted by Janis (Jan) LaMont - Huron, SD - Family   July 17, 2019

Carol...I am so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. We just met when you and he were in Mexico in January. He was always so upbeat! A light has gone out here, but I'm sure he's brightening up the heavens!

Posted by Barbara Hartwig - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   July 17, 2019


Aunt Carol, Aunt Pat, Uncle Dave and My Father, Larry may your hearts be lifted from the weight of this burden and know that he is in a better place now. He will be missed by all of us. Love Kenny

Posted by Kenneth Lemke - Sparta, WI - family   July 16, 2019

Carol, We are saddened to hear of Michaels passing, Our heartfelt sympathies to you at this difficult time! Debbie Heckel and Kelly Marks

Posted by Deb Heckel - Hartford, WI - Friend   July 15, 2019

Oh Michael how you will be missed at the clinic. I so enjoyed your humor and seeing your smile every week, you made Tuesdays a little brighter. Hugs to you Carol, RIP Mike until we meet again...... Sue D

Posted by Sue Dunahee - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   July 15, 2019

My favorite uncle. Always kind and encouraging. Uncle Mike is a big reason that I'm an artist today.

Posted by Chaznia Marquardt - Wausau, WI - Family   July 15, 2019


Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. We will always remember Michael fondly and were honored to have you as part of our group. He had a strong faith and we know that God will be a great source of comfort and support to your family. We send our prayers.

Posted by Together Living with Cancer Support Group - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   July 14, 2019

Pat, I know how close to Mike you were and how much you will miss him.You are in my thoughts and prayers and I pray for God to watch over you and give you peace and comfort knowing Mike is not suffering anymore and is in a better place.

Posted by Martha Jones - Woodstock, GA - Friend   July 14, 2019

Our sympathy goes out to you. So sorry for your loss. The world has lost a great man. Prayers. RIP Michael.

Posted by Roxann & Dan Schamberger - Montello, WI - Friend   July 14, 2019

Heartfelt sympathy to you Carol.

Posted by Ginger Lemke Dreher - Oregon, WI - Family   July 14, 2019


Carol, I am so very sorry for the loss of Michael. He was truly a light to so many and losing him leaves an empty space in my heart. Sending prayers, comfort, and bending a knee...

Posted by Karen Coley - Juneau, WI - Friend   July 14, 2019

My heartfelt sympathy to you Carol and all of Michael's family. He was a true treasure. Always kind, funny, and so talented! Sharing your tears, Pat

Posted by PAT FRINAK - RANDOLPH, WI - Friend   July 14, 2019

Carol, We are so sorry for your loss. Michael was such a great person and always so positive about life. God certainly took a good one too soon. He will be missed by so many of his friends and family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. RIP Michael my friend.

Posted by Margie Keuler - Horicon, WI - Friend   July 13, 2019

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