Norman B. Jagow

Norman B. “Smokey” Jagow of Fredonia peacefully passed into eternal life at his home during the late afternoon hours of Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. He was 97 years old.

Norman was born in Anamoose, N.D., on Jan. 27, 1925, the son of the Rev. Reinhard and Esther Baese Jagow.

The family moved to Fredonia in 1933, where he spent the remainder of his life. Norman attended St. John’s Fredonia grade school and Random Lake High School, graduating in 1943.

Following high school, he was drafted into the Army and served in the 35th Division of the 137th Infantry Regiment. On March 4, 1945, following a firefight in Belgium, he was taken prisoner and held in Stalig 12A until his liberation in April 1945.

Following the war, he returned home and married Audrey Runkel of Cedarburg at First Immanuel Church on June 13, 1954, and together they made their home in Fredonia raising their six children.

Norman worked for many years as the parts manager at the old Columbia Garage and later at Flaherty Chevrolet, both in Port Washington. In his later years, he worked as a custodian at Homestead High School in Mequon.

Norman had many interests, including gardening, woodworking, fishing and auto repair.

Above all, his passion was for his family and faith. He was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church in Fredonia, where he was the cemetery sexton for more than 20 years.

Norman was also a member of the Warren Kane American Legion Post in Fredonia and the Fred A. Schaefer Post 1393 Veterans of Foreign Wars in West Bend.

Norman is survived by his six children, Elizabeth (John) Karrels, Carl Jagow, Steven (Kathryn) Jagow, Thomas (Carol) Jagow, Kathleen (John) Berg and Eric (Karalyn) Jagow. He is further survived by 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his sister Concordia Muller; and brother Frederick Jagow.

He was preceded in death by his wife Audrey, parents the Rev. Reinhard and Esther Jagow, sisters Ruth Scholz, Helen Jagow and Phoebe Scholz and brother Theodore Jagow.

Funeral services will be celebrated on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at noon at St. John Lutheran Church, 824 Fredonia Ave., Fredonia. Pastor Marshall Frisque will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the services.

He will be laid to rest with military honors in St. John Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the St. John Lutheran Church Organ Fund.

Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is honored to serve the Jagow family.

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